Synopsis Madol Doova translated as Mangrove Island, written and set in rural Sri Lanka, is a sequence of escapades of a young boy, Upali. Madol Doova [Martin Wickramasinghe, Ashley Halpe] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Madol Doova is a children’s novel and. But I like “Madol Duwa” by Martin Wicramasinghe. The main characters of the book are Upali Giniwell and Jinna. Upali is an intelligent boy.

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Return to Book Page. Paperbackpages. Published by Sarasa Pvt Ltd first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Apr 27, Carmen rated it really liked it Shelves: I approached this book by friendship as a lovely friend gifted me this book as representative of the literature of her country, so my predisposition to read it was beyond the mere literary motivation.

However, I have to say, I loved it. I found it so innocent in both its style and plot, it has been like breathing fresh air. It portrays childhood friendship in rural SL time ago so we have to relate the episodes to a certain historical moment without judging them.

The adventures of the protagonist a I approached this book by friendship as a lovely friend gifted me this book as representative of the literature of her country, so my predisposition to read it was beyond the mere literary motivation.

The adventures of the protagonist and his friend like Asians Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn moved me frequently, made me laugh, smile but, above all, feel an inmense tenderness from the beginning to end.

There are books madll read but there are others you read and never forget: To eoova something about Prof. Halpe’s translation, it’s really good doovz you won’t regret reading it.

I liked the fact that it has the Sri Lankan colouring with names of titles, food etc. I read the original when I was around madok and didn’t see things I see now re-reading it. And I didn’t noticed it earlier, being motherless and having a step-mother is a key reason for Upali’s rebellious personality. It’s his way of “punishing” his father for forgetting his mother so soon. Then Upali loves adventures and it is this teenage venturesomeness that leads Upali and Jinna Upali’s friend and a sevent-boy in his household to walk away from the class structure and make bold choicesface the consequences and to face the realities in their own terms.

The island helps to shape Upali into a mature figure a one who is responsible, independent and caring. View all 3 comments. Feb 22, Raisa rated madll really liked it Shelves: Playful and nostalgic, Madol Doowa tells the story of Upali, a young boy living down South. He faces tragedy at a very young age, but that doesn’t change his playful nature. Defiant of his parent’s expectations, Upali gets up to all manner of mischief with his friend, Jinna, a servant boy at his house.


The book is simply written, but deals with quite complex issues, such as doovs, loss and guilt. Yet through it all it maintains its playful tone, and is a great snapshot of rural life at the time Playful and nostalgic, Madol Doowa tells the story of Upali, a young boy living down South.

Yet through it all it maintains its playful tone, and is a great snapshot of rural life at the time it’s said to be set around the s. Madol Doowa has been made into a movie and teledrama, and you can even go see the island which is said to have partially inspired Martin Wickramasinghe, not far from his home in Koggala. It’s a quick, easy read, and recommended.

Jul 14, Haresh Eranga rated it it was amazing. Oct 01, Hassan rated it really liked it. I loved every page. There is adventure, boats, good and bad guys! At that age there is something profoundly evocative in words like Island, boats, adventure and so forth and I have remembered Upali’s adventures with great pleasure over the years.

Jun 15, Lahiru rated it it was amazing. Jun 04, Thilan Wijetunga rated it it was ok. I read this before my grade 5 scholarship examination. At that time I was very interested this. Jul 26, Sanath86lk Thusaya hewa rated it really liked it. The ambition of the “martin wikrama sinhe” that he going to dkova. Tbh, I think a lot of the amazing-ness of this book was lost in translation. I enjoyed it, I really did- but at the same time I wasn’t really compelled to keep reading.

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It had a lot of the same vibes that my old Enid Blytons had though, and that was awesome. Doiva one day my Sinhala will be good enough to read this in it’s original format.

Also sidenote, my boyfriend loves this book, so I guess like any other book, it’s subjective! Famous short novel about an adolescent male with his friend who ran away from their parents and started to live in the Madol Doova island located inside Sri Lanka by Martin Wickeramsinghe.

Feb 17, Chaminda rated it it was amazing. Oct 17, Dushani Radika rated it it was amazing.

Madol Doova The Novel of Martin Wickramasinghe’s English Translation.

A good book to read for young adult readers. It was first published in There is some similarity in the approach of the novel to R. The book is a page turner for the young adolescents. Upali and his friends play a lot of mayhem in the village. One of the mischiefs the group does is dressing up as veddahs a type of indigenous tribe and shooting girls with arrows who come to a pond in the corner of the village to fetch water.


One girl gets hurt and the boys take her to the nearby jungle and treat her wound with indigenous medicine. But the story gets spread in the village is that the girl was kidnapped with the support of an adult man and was raped by him. Upali, with novrl servant boy of the house, Junna run away from the village and settle in a solitary island called Madol Doova which is believed to be full of snakes and haunted by ghosts.

The two start a farm and reap a good harvest as well. They find out that there is a stranger living in the island and manage to novek him. Later they learn that he is a fugitive and lives in the island due to fear of police.

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The two parties agree not to disturb each other. Another man called Punchi Mahaththaya arrives on the isalnd. Though snubbed at first, later he becomes friendly with the boys and learns to help in the farm work.

Meanwhile Upali learns nocel his father is ill and goes to the village to see dpova and helps his stepmother and stepbrother and goes back to Madol Doova. Dec 07, Isumi Bandara rated it it was amazing. This is Sri Lankan famous book. I read this book many times. This book wrote Mr. I will discuss about him self also. Martin Wickramasinghe is very famous writer was Sri Lanka.

When he dies he was 86 years old. His nationality is Sri Lankan. His ethnicity is Sinhalese. His occupation is Writer, author in Sri Lanka. His wife was Kataluwe Balage Prema de Silva. Now I’m going discuss about Madol Doova. That story about island in Sri Lanka. Madol doova is Mango island.

His mom was died. When his mom was madl he was 7 years old. Because after his mom’s died his father was married again. Every times blame for Upali. In their home maeol a servant. He was a small boy. Because he had May be 5 or 6 friends. His best friend also was Jinna. Jinna is very kind. His author friends was Dagadasa,Jinadasa and More If he was adult and went to madol doova to live; with Doovx. They was first persons of lived madol doova. Feb 17, Sally rated it really liked it Shelves: