Immigrant Father Returns To Bookstore Where He Taught Himself English To Buy His Son's Novel

"This universe is spectacular."

Writer, filmmaker, and video journalist Guy Gunaratne released his first novel In Our Mad and Furious City on Thursday. While that's an exciting accomplishment for anyone, the day was made even more memorable because of his 83-year-old father, Sam. Sam returned to the bookstore where he first learned English sixty years ago to pick up a copy of the new book. 

In the 1950s, Sam moved from Sri Lanka to London. To learn the language, he would sneak into a London bookstore called Foyles every Saturday, sit on the floor, and teach himself English. He was reminded just how much his hard work paid off when he got to see his son's critically acclaimed book sitting on the shelf


Of course, many people were moved by the heartwarming tweet. It's been shared more than 40,000 times, has nearly 168,000 likes, and over 1,000 responses. 

The positive reaction has made the whole experience even sweeter for Gunaratne. 

"It's wonderful that it seems to have struck a chord with so many," he told the Press Association. "And perhaps it'll remind everyone to hug their fathers a little closer."


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