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by Reg van Cuylenburg


This gracefully told memoir, set in early twentieth-century colonial Ceylon, depicts the journey of a youth imbued with the experiences and wise guidance that form and shape a man’s awareness, and open his eyes to the complexity and wonder of life. Brought up by his grandfather in a Kandyan Sinhalese household, and given the freedom to explore, he discovers his heritage and direction in the wider world.


“Reg van Cuylenburg’s luminous memoir is somehow a cross between Michael Ondaatje’s Running in the Family (both in terms of subject matter and eloquence) and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince. It transported me to a time and place I could not have imagined on my own.”

– Toinette Lippe, author of Nothing Left Over and Caught in the Act


“Beautiful and evocative, this self-portrait of an emerging artist draws the reader to places and experiences both familiar and exotic. Revealing the richness and diversity of a colonial childhood — reading Jack London in a landscape of tamarind trees and monsoon rains — this memoir is of a man engaged with the West, but deeply rooted in his native land.”   – Anitra Sheen, author of Things Unspoken


“The prose is exquisite, enchanting, and the photographs beautifully chosen. A delightful tribute to a meaningful life. I have never been to Kandy and yearn for the experience, but in this work I sense its spirit, though of another time.”

– Constance A. Jones, California Institute of Integral Studies, author of Encyclopedia of Hinduism and The Legacy of G. I. Gurdjieff


Reg van Cuylenburg (1926–1988) was a writer, painter, and photographer. His first book, Image of an Island: A Portrait of Ceylon, depicts the people, the old customs, the jungle, and the ruins of sacred cities. Born in Kandy, Ceylon, he later lived in the USA and England with his wife, Margaret Kay Dodd.


Categories: Memoir / Literature / Biography / History


ISBN 978-0-9771866-3-1   paperback   47 photographs   168 pages   5.5 x 8.5 inches     Price: $15.95 plus shipping/handling



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