Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Brajesh's Review: Chinaman

Shehan Karunatilaka impressed me during JLF'11, but the book was eventually gifted by a cricket-buff friend  in June. I am delighted to have finally finished the fiction epic written in a cricket non-fiction style. It's a unique quest for the greatest spinner (Srilankan Pradeep Mathew) who has broken every world-record and had all the dream deliveries (including the double bump double spin ball). Every kid growing up in cricket crazy nations would relate to the cricketing fantasies. The intertwined journey of Srilankan cricket and national evolution in a dark humorous tone makes this a good read. The first 100 & last 25 pages are the best. The book loses 0.5 rating points due to a very long and stretched out middle.

Rating : 3.5/5

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