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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One of the most fantastic book I have ever read.
Review: ChinamanUser Review - Carl - Goodreads
Enjoyable read. Even if you're not into cricket the writing is witty and I laughed out loud a couple of times. Great characters. Would advise that you don;t bother trying to decipher the Sri Lankan names! Also emotional in parts. Almost scored it a 4......almost. Read full review