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Book Review: 'Amnesty' Tells the Story of a Tamil Illegal Immigrant Trying to Survive in Australia
“Easiest thing in the world, becoming invisible to white people, who don’t see you anyway; but the hardest thing is becoming invisible to brown people, who will see you no matter what.” Aravind Adiga, Amnesty
Abiran Raveenthiran
Regional Sales Manager
Canada
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Amnesty by Aravind Adiga follows the story of a Tamil illegal immigrant in Australia, after fleeing Batticaloa, Sri Lanka amidst a civil war. Danny has worked tooth and nail to remain invisible despite the hardships that have come his way. All of his efforts come crashing down as he has information regarding a murder investigation. 

The plot unfurls as we see a man confront his conscience on whether to go to the authorities who will most likely deport him or keep his lip sealed and live the life he has fought tooth and nail to create. The reader gets a picture of why and how Danny lives his life the way it is despite the many hardships.

More than the main plot, the subplot of his hardships as an illegal immigrant was what I found carried the story. We begin to understand how a man with these invisible scars makes decisions that may seem illogical, appear logical to him. 

“Turning to his right, Danny saw a great fig tree sparkle in many places inside its dark canopy of leaves, like a thing that knew its own heart.”

 

 

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