Chinaman

Retired sportswriter WG Karunasena is dying. He will spend his final months drinking arrack, making his wife unhappy, ignoring his son and tracking down Pradeep S Mathew, a spin bowler who has mysteriously disappeared and who WG considers 'the greatest cricketer to walk the earth'.

Review:

A crazy ambidextrous delight. A drunk and totally unreliable narrator runs alongside the reader insisting him or her into the great fictional possibilities of cricket. -- Michael Ondaatje The best cricket novel I have ever read. Shehan's love for the game is matched by his flair for storytelling. As spell binding as an India-Pakistan one day match. I felt like shouting 'Howzat' on every other page. Ifyou love cricket read this, if you love novels read this and If you love both, you know this one is for you. -- Mohammed Hanif
Author:
Shehan Karunatilaka

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Short Description

Retired sportswriter WG Karunasena is dying. He will spend his final months drinking arrack, making his wife unhappy, ignoring his son and tracking down Pradeep S Mathew, a spin bowler who has mysteriously disappeared and who WG considers 'the greatest cricketer to walk the earth'.

Review:

A crazy ambidextrous delight. A drunk and totally unreliable narrator runs alongside the reader insisting him or her into the great fictional possibilities of cricket. -- Michael Ondaatje The best cricket novel I have ever read. Shehan's love for the game is matched by his flair for storytelling. As spell binding as an India-Pakistan one day match. I felt like shouting 'Howzat' on every other page. Ifyou love cricket read this, if you love novels read this and If you love both, you know this one is for you. -- Mohammed Hanif

Long description

Retired sportswriter WG Karunasena is dying. He will spend his final months drinking arrack, making his wife unhappy, ignoring his son and tracking down Pradeep S. Mathew, a spin bowler who has mysteriously disappeared and who WG considers 'the greatest cricketer to walk the earth'. On his quest to find this unsung genius, WG uncovers a coach with six fingers, a secret bunker below a famous stadium, a Tamil Tiger warlord, and startling truths about Sri Lanka, cricket and himself. Ambitious, playful and strikingly original, Chinaman is a novel about cricket and Sri Lanka - and the story of modern day Sri Lanka through its most cherished sport. Hailed by the Gratiaen Prize judges as 'one of the most imaginative works of contemporary Sri Lankan fiction', it is an astounding book.

Product details

Author:
Shehan Karunatilaka
Format:
Hardcover
Publisher:
Jonathan Cape
ISBN:
9780224091459
Audience:
General
Pages:
432
Width (mm):
161
Length (mm):
240
Additional Info:
Shehan Karunatilaka has written advertisements, rock songs, travel stories and basslines. Chinaman is his first novel.
Awards:
Winner of Commonwealth Book Prize - Asia 2012. Winner of Commonwealth Book Prize 2012.

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