A Sri Lankan Love Story by Terrence Perera
“Hernando Villa” is mainly the love story of a Sinhala boy and a Tamil girl, set in the background of the Sinhala-Tamil ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka in the early years of the 21st century.
Thulasi Muttulingam in her review in “Ceylon Today” wrote:
“Though the book claims to be a love story, it is essentially much more than that….the book is well crafted, with various threads being skillfully interwoven to give a colourful but real idea of Sri Lankan life. It is one of those “unputdownable” books that will keep the reader turning the pages to know what happens next….read it, you won’t regret it. I read the book in one night.”
Ruwini Jayawardana in her review in the Daily News wrote:
“The story is written in simple sentences that makes it ideal for light reading. Yet the satire behind the tone describing the incidents sheds light on serious themes…. Many of the cultural and traditional practices endemic to Sri Lanka are brought to the fore with descriptive details so that even those who are not familiar with these customs will have no trouble grasping what is taking place.”
The author has also written two other books. His first book, “Sri Lankan and Zimbabwean Memories”, is a collection of autobiographical reminiscences of his life in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.
His third book, “Turmoil at the Villa”, is the sequel to “Hernando Villa”.