A Memoir

Book - 2013
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A brave, intimate, beautifully crafted memoir by a survivor of the tsunami that struck the Sri Lankan coast in 2004 and took her entire family. Sonali Deraniyagala has written an extraordinarily honest, utterly engrossing account of the surreal tragedy of a devastating event that all at once ended her life as she knew it and her journey since in search of understanding and redemption.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2013.
ISBN: 9780771025365
Characteristics: 245 pages ;,22 cm.


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May 15, 2017

Difficult to read at times. So tragic. The depth of her pain was really difficult to get through, but as she began to recover the tone of the book changed. I cannot imagine surviving, let alone writing a book about it. Best wishes to her.

Jan 04, 2017

The parts about what the author experienced during the tsunami really held my interest. Most of the book was about flashbacks to memories with her husband and kids that were too difficult for her to internalize. While I sympathize with her extreme anger and terror of revisiting anything connected with her happy past, I couldn't read the entire book through. I found that her anger in particular was too negative for me. Had I gone through such an experience or had similar depth of loss, I can see how I would identify with many of the memories she recreated. But I haven't, and for me the amount of negativity that stays with me after reading such depressing stories is too much. I hope she finds her way back to happiness.

dairyqueen Mar 13, 2015

Personal narrative from a survivor of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Very thought provoking.

dairyqueen Mar 13, 2015

Personal narrative from a survivor of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Very thought provoking.

Jan 13, 2014

Sonali Deraniyagala was vacationing with her family in Sri Lanka's Yala National Park on Christmas, 2004, when the deadliest tsunami in history killed her parents, husband, and two young sons in a single instant. It's a story so unfathomable that, even nine years later, Deraniyagala herself can hardly believe it happened to her. What she's finally shared in Wave is a brief account that is both shocking and — terribly, somehow — beautiful. She unsentimentally excavates all the ugly crevices of her grief. By opening up about the horror that swallowed her entire family, Deraniyagala has in some small, shadowy way created a space for Steve, Vikram, Mali, and her parents to live on. It is, in a word, astonishing.

Jan 08, 2014

This book is haunting. It has been said that time heals all wounds, and indeed, for this woman, time did begin to heal her wounds. But the loss, and that process, is the stuff of a real-life, hell on earth. I'm glad I read it because I believe her family, who are all dead, deserve to be read about and remembered.

Jul 27, 2013

Wave is a courageous and difficult memoir that follows the author in the months and years following the tsunami that his Sri Lanka on December 26, 2004. She captures her agonizing desperation as her world fractures and explodes with the loss of her parents, sons, husband and best friend in the disaster.
As she remembers the tsunami's terrible aftermath, her words draw us into the waves of her grief, the state of her mind, the confusion, disorientation and rage. The narrative moves slowly and with difficulty through her journey to remember, to grieve, to let go and to heal as she re-discovers the places and people in which her family remains embedded. Wave captures the slow growth of a lost and re-discovered life.

T_J_W Jul 13, 2013

An amazing personal account of dealing with great loss and the long, slow process of coming to grips with tragedy. She shows us how she gradually was able to face her new life and the changes that she was forced / able to make to survive. A book that will stay with you a long time.

ChristchurchLib May 21, 2013

"On December 26, 2004 a powerful tsunami sped across the Indian Ocean, sweeping away everything along the shore in several countries that border the sea and taking the lives of 250,000 people – both vacationers and residents. At the time, London-based economist Sonali Deraniyagala and her family were in Sri Lanka visiting her parents. Deraniyagala survived the wave, but lost her husband, both children, and her parents. In this memoir, she details her devastation and despair from their loss, but also celebrates their lives through the memories she recounts. The writing process becomes for Deraniyagala a path to healing." May 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=635358

emilymelissabee May 10, 2013

This is a riveting read that will stay with you long after you finish it. Sonali's strength and ability to pen such a stark and honest memoir of loss is truly remarkable. It is candid, sad, and true - and it is worth reading.

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Sonjahv Apr 19, 2015

"Seven years on, and their absence has expanded. Just as our life would have in this time, it has swelled. So this is a new sadness, I think. For I want them as they would be now. I want to be in our life. Seven years on, it is distilled, my loss. For I am not whirling anymore, I am no longer cradled by shock."

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