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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Madol Doova by Martin Wickramasinghe

Something like a Sri Lankan Tom Sawyer. His works being penned in both the English and Sinhala languages and thereafter being translated to many others languages. Modern childrens literature is classified in two different ways, genre or the age of the reader.

I choose this book for fiction part for my English literature subject in ordinary level exams. It soon became very popular, and was translated into English. It was only in the 18th century, with the development of the concept of childhood, that a genre of childrens literature began to emerge, with its own divisions, expectations.

Rowlings Harry Potter series was written and marketed for young adults, the series extreme popularity led The New York Times to create a separate best-seller list for childrens books.

Madol Doova, a Children Novel by Martin Wickramasinghe

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.

It portrays dova friendship in rural SL time ago so we have to relate the episodes to a certain historical moment without judging them.

His friend Jinna follows him to Madol Doova. Tbh, I think a lot of the amazing-ness of this book was lost in translation.


A good book for children as well as adults. I found it dlova innocent in both its style and plot, it has been like breathing fresh air. The book is a page turner for the young adolescents. Refresh and try again. Want to Read Currently Reading Dooa. He was a small boy. It’s his way of “punishing” his father for forgetting his mother so soon. Playful and nostalgic, Madol Doowa tells the story of Upali, a young boy living down South.

When he dies he was 86 years old.

Upali’s devoted friend and helper, Jinna, is an enthusiastic and courageous boy and Upali admits that he could not have managed without Jinna. The two parties agree not to disturb each other. He likes heroism and adventure. During that time, film-making was taking off in the UK with about amateur film clubs around the country, in addition, Lesters passion for the cinema was developing and he met another Sri Lankan with similar interests, Hereword Jansz. Wickramasinghe has successfully painted the country in its true colours of yellow orange and green accompanied by scenes and anecdotes of paddy fields, fishermen, tea and often superstition.

Because he had May be 5 or 6 friends.

No trivia or quizzes yet. 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. View all 3 comments. The development of childrens literature, before printing was invented, is difficult to trace.

At that time I was very interested this. Also sidenote, my boyfriend loves this book, so I guess like any other book, it’s subjective!

I read the original when I was around 14 and didn’t see things I see now re-reading it. The Little Prince is one of the best-selling books ever published. There is adventure, boats, good and bad guys!

Madol Doova

I read this before my grade 5 scholarship examination. With an unloving stepmother, young Upali prefers to be off having adventures in the company of his friend Jinna. Leave voova Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here I read this book many times. Later they learn that he is a fugitive and lives in the island due to fear of police. The resourcefulness they show is an outlet to their mischievous nature, with the experience maturing them beyond what the people expect of them.


Since its first publications init has been quickly translated to many other languages including English, Chinese and Russian and been continued to be loved around the world. After settling up a legal issue for farming on madoo land, he finally returns to the plantation on Madol Doova, which had now developed into a prosperous venture with the help of Jinna. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Upali is eventually sent to away to a new school, and has to live with a school teacher. Pages to import images to Wikidata. This is simply magnificient.

Madol Doova was first published in in Sinhalaas a children’s novel. Best-selling books, on the hand, may maintain sales in hardcover for an extended period in order to reap the greater profits that the hardcovers provide. The magic of the book goes beyond the spirits Upali encounters, all the way to the readers. Then fearing he’ll be sent away, he and Jinna escape to the uninhabited and allegedly ghost-filled island of Madol Doova, where they start to show true responsibility A good book for children as well as adults.