Chinaman by Shehan Karunatilaka

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...this long, languorous and winding novel has registers of tragedy, farce, laugh-out-loud humour and great grace. Karunatilaka is, I gather, writing another novel, but how it can be as good as this I can hardly imagine.
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Retired sportswriter, W.G. Karunasena is dying. He will spend his final months drinking arrack, upsetting his wife, ignoring his son, and tracking down Pradeep S. Mathew, an elusive spin bowler he considers 'the greatest cricketer to walk the earth'. On his quest to find this unsung genius, W.G. uncovers a coach with six fingers, a secret bunker below a famous stadium, an LTTE 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 of Sri Lanka through its cricket. Hailed by the Gratiaen Prize judges as 'one of the most imaginative works of contemporary Sri Lankan fiction', it is an astounding book.
 

About Shehan Karunatilaka

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Shehan Karunatilaka has written advertisements, rock songs, travel stories and basslines.Chinamanis his first novel.
 
Published April 27, 2011 by Random House India. 408 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Apr 17 2012

...this long, languorous and winding novel has registers of tragedy, farce, laugh-out-loud humour and great grace. Karunatilaka is, I gather, writing another novel, but how it can be as good as this I can hardly imagine.

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