Funny Boy is a coming of age story that follows a young boy named Arjie as he discovers his sexuality in a close minded society. Arjie was born into a wealthy Tamil family in Sri Lanka and the book follows him between the ages of 6 to 14. Funny Boy also describes how political conflict affects Arjie’s life. The conflict between the Tamils and Sinhalese ends up altering not only Arjie’s life, but his loved ones too. The first sections of the book introduce the reader to Arjie and his family. As the book progresses, the author begins to focus on Arjie’s discovery of his sexuality and his realization of the political conflict in Sri Lanka.
World Literature ’18