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.
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Shehan Karunatilaka has written advertisements, rock songs, travel stories, and basslines. Chinaman is his first novel.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
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Book Description Random House India, 2011. Book Condition: Good. First Edition. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP89011562