"Eight months before he became a suicide bomber, Prin went to the zoo with his family." Prin, a deeply devout Toronto family man and college professor, lays bare his hopes and fears in a heartfelt and unintentionally funny internal dialogue, questioning his place in his faith, his family, and the world. The Catholic university where he works is in danger of closing, and its plans to sell the campus to a dubious company in the Mid-East lead to an existential dilemma for Prin, a man who over-thinks everything. This book, the first in a planned trilogy, is a funny and thought-provoking story about faith, love, and campus politics.
-Cindy— From Cindy's Recs
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Eight months before he became a suicide bomber, Prin went to the zoo with his family.
Following a cancer diagnosis, forty-year old Prin vows to become a better man and a better Catholic. He's going to spend more time with his kids and better time with his wife, care for his recently divorced and aging parents, and also expand his cutting-edge research into the symbolism of the seahorse in Canadian literature.
But when his historic college in downtown Toronto faces a shutdown and he meets with the condominium developers ready to take it over--including a foul-mouthed young Chinese entrepreneur and Wende, his sexy ex-girlfriend from graduate school--Prin hears the voice of God. Bewildered and divinely inspired, he goes to the Middle East, hoping to save both his college and his soul. Wende is coming, too.
The first book in a planned trilogy, Original Prin is an entertaining and essential novel about family life, faith, temptation, and fanaticism. It's a timely story about timeless truths, told with wise insight and great humour, confirming Randy Boyagoda's place as one of Canada's funniest and most provocative writers.
About the Author
Randy Boyagoda is one of Canada's funniest and most provocative writers. A regular presence on CBC Radio, his most recent novel, Beggar's Feast, was selected as a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice and longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize. His first novel, Governor of the Northern Province, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Born to Sri Lankan parents in Oshawa, he lives in Toronto with his wife and four children. He is a professor of English at the University of Toronto, where he is also Principal of St. Michael's College.