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Funny Boy: Introduction
Funny Boy: Plot Summary
Funny Boy: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Funny Boy: Themes
Funny Boy: Quotes
Funny Boy: Characters
Funny Boy: Terms
Funny Boy: Symbols
Funny Boy: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Shyam Selvadurai
Historical Context of Funny Boy
Other Books Related to Funny Boy
- Full Title: Funny Boy: A Novel in Six Stories
- When Written: 1990s
- Where Written: Toronto, Canada
- When Published: 1994
- Literary Period: Contemporary fiction
- Genre: Coming-of-age fiction, South Asian diaspora fiction, Queer/LGBT fiction
- Setting: Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Climax: Arjie and his family flee their home in Colombo and then Sri Lanka as anti-Tamil riots break out in 1983.
- Antagonist: Homophobia, Sinhalese rioters, the Sri Lankan government
- Point of View: First person
Extra Credit for Funny Boy
Write to Reconcile Anthologies. The “Write to Reconcile” program for young, aspiring Sri Lankan writers that Selvadurai helps lead has put out a series of anthologies of its participants’ work, all of which include introductions by Selvadurai and are available online for free at www.writetoreconcile.org.
Radio and Screen Versions. The upcoming film adaptation of Funny Boy is not the novel’s first; Selvadurai wrote a screenplay version in 1995 and produced a live radio play based on the book in 2006, also in conjunction with the acclaimed director Deepa Mehta (who will be directing the new movie version).