As a teenager from Sri Lanka, Sunny is living the typical life of an expatriate in 1970s Manila—a privileged, carefree existence—until one day when the secret behind his mother’s tragic death years earlier is accidentally revealed to him, turning Sunny’s world upside down. His life takes a series of unexpected turns—first in England, where he falls in love with the luminous Clara, and later in Sri Lanka, where he returns during a brief lull in the country’s brutal ethnic war.
Reminiscent of V.S. Naipaul in his nuanced treatment of the melancholy of exile, Gunesekera takes the reader on an utterly absorbing journey across the late twentieth-century postcolonial world. Spanning three continents and thirty years, The Match is a “beautiful and atmospheric” (Irish Times) exploration of the nature of loss and displacement, the search for identity and love, and the possibility, in the end, of redemption and renewal.
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The final cricket match Sunny witnesses becomes an epiphany, for he is graced with a circumscribed but nevertheless momentous realization that “things could be renewed,” and that he can use words to “bring peace to his own mind if not to the world.” The latest from Gunesekera (Heaven’s Edge, 2003...| Read Full Review of The Match
‘You will be here?’ ‘Oh?’ ” Sunny replies “careful to reserve his rights, one syllable at a time.”) The cricket match itself is slapstick fun, even for readers who stumble over its jargon: “Got up to 30 before he was lbw’d.” The match is the high point of Sunny’s life, at least in retrospect.Mar 09 2008 | Read Full Review of The Match
In the 1971 Manila expats' match at the start, teenaged Sunny tries to impress Tina and smashes his ball into her father's Mercedes.May 08 2006 | Read Full Review of The Match
I don’t know if it is still there, but in the museum at Lord’s there used to be a glass case containing a stuffed sparrow killed in mid-flight by Jahangir Khan.Apr 01 2006 | Read Full Review of The Match