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Chinaman The Legend of Pradeep MathewL Chinaman is a novel about cricket and Sri Lanka and the story of modern day Sri Lanka through its most cherished sport Hailed by the Gratiaen Prize judges as 'one of the most imaginative works of contemporary Sri Lankan fiction' it is an astounding book Probably the best Cricket oriented Novel and one of the 'Best' novels I have read so farDespite being a debut novel the book does not reek of amateur writing It transported me back to the days of reading 'Jeeves' and other works by P G Wodehouse Shehan has managed to retain the same vein of wit running throughout the bookNarrated through an aged dyingalcoholic Sportswriter we witness a tapestry of events that shaped Sri Lanka told in a perspective of Cricket the National Past time Highly recommended to all Sri Lankans who are also ardent Cricket Fans

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reader ´ doc Chinaman The Legend of Pradeep Mathew ↠ The Legend of Pradeep Mathew Free õ Retired sportswriter WG Karunasena is dying He will spend his final months drinking arrack making his wife unhappy ignoring his son and tracking down Pradeep S Mathew a spin bowler who has mystRetired sportswriter WG Karunasena is dying He will spend his final months drinking arrack making his wife unhappy ignoring his son and tracking down Pradeep S Mathew a spin bowler who has mysteriously disappeared and who WG considers 'the greatest cricke There is a Sinhalese expression Konde bandapu cheena which translates as ponytailed Chinaman and connotes someone gullible someone who will believe anything A Chinaman in cricket terms is according to Wikipedia a left handed bowler bowling wrist spin left arm unorthodox For a right handed batsman the ball will move from the off side to the leg side left to right on the TV screen The uestion asked by the narrator of this novel is thisIs this a story about a pony tailed Chinaman bowler? Or a tale to tell a pony tailed Chinaman? That is for you to decide Whatever your choice may be after finishing this novel Chinaman is one of the best novels I've read so far this year I know jack about cricket which features heavily throughout the story; no surprise there considering Americans are far involved in football baseball and basketball Strangely enough my lack of knowledge was not a drawback in any form The mix of Sri Lankan history contemporary politics humor the characters and the author's prose all come together to make this book an unforgettable experienceThere is nothing inspiring than a solid deadline notes retired Sri Lankan journalist WG Karunasena and after a long career of both sportswriting and serious drinking he has been given his last one His doctor has given him about a year to live if he does not stop drinking; if WG cuts down to two drinks a day maybe a year or two at most He decides that it's a good time to do a halfway decent documentary on Sri Lankan cricket and is obsessed with a cricket player named Pradeep Mathew who he says is Sri Lanka's all time best cricketer Mathew was a top spinner Chinaman googly top spinner and that amazing arm ball that god rid of the Aussie captain Along with his friend and fellow cricket fanatic Ari Byrd WG begins to gather information on Mathew who has long since disappeared from the cricket scene official records and also from Sri Lanka seemingly vanishing into thin air As they start the documentary project which will later evolve into a book project for WG they run into several people who claim to know something about Mathew and they run into others who do not want WG to go any further with the project Is there some conspiracy at work here? As WG and Ari embark on their at times rather strange uest WG's obsession with Mathew and his discussions about the game of cricket become a vehicle for exploring Sri Lankan politics and history and life in contemporary Sri Lankan society But there are other considerations at work in this novel as well both on and off the cricket field relationships within families; friendships; politics and money that get in the way of sportsmanship; old age; the sadness and regret of wasted lives; the inescapable power plays all presented in a style that fits well into the story without ever getting overly preachy And then there's WG himself should anyone even believe his ramblings considering his alcoholic bent toward self destruction and considering the characters that populate this novel? There's WG's old nemesis once a rival for WG's wife Sheila who may or may not have had six fingers and who may or may not have been Mathew's school coach ; a midget who claims to have had an underground bunker and to have secretly taped damning conversations on the cricket field; a friend of WG who may or not be a pedophile; and there's WG himself the very center of the novel The story is punctuated throughout with definitions of cricket terms diagrams of different cricket techniues parts of the field etc largely to help the reader and to move the story along There are also fuzzy photos here and there that may or may not lend credence to WG's search for the truth about Pradeep Mathew Chinaman is funny and downright sobering at the same time which given the seriousness of the history of ongoing problems in Sri Lanka is a good juggling act keeping the reader entertained on one hand while exploring the problems of this nation And then there's the sports aspect the author clearly brings out the magic moments of sporting events that tie people together sport can unite worlds tear down walls and transcend race the past and all probability Unlike life sport matters As WG notes In thirty years the world will not care about how I lived But in a hundred years Bulgarians will still talk of Letchkov and how he expelled the mighty Germans from the 1994 World Cup with a simple headerAs an American who knows little to nothing about the sport of cricket at first the book was a bit daunting even though the author lays out the basics and then throws in bits about different throws or batting techniues When I realized that this could be problematic I went to the internet for help in getting a uick rundown on how this game is played problem solved Cricket might be a sticking point for some readers in this country but ultimately I discovered it didn't really matter the overall story is so good and is so well told that my lack of cricket knowledge was only a momentary glitch that really did not distract from the narrative The ending may be a bit gimmicky for some readers but the book's good points are so numerous that they outweigh any negatives Whether or not you care about cricket I definitely and highly recommend this book it is that good offering its readers a glimpse into life in another country and into one man's journey of discovery in his last months of life It's a beautiful book and I hope it finds other Americans to cheer it on

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Ter to walk the earth'On his uest to find this unsung genius WG uncovers a coach with six fingers a secret bunker below a famous stadium a Tamil Tiger warlord and startling truths about Sri Lanka cricket and himselfAmbitious playful and strikingly origina This book is the second exceptional book that I enjoyed reading this yearMost of Srilankan fiction talks about the atrocities of the civil war and I wanted to read something different that would also lay bare the soul and spirit of the island nationSnehan Karunatilaka actually does that by giving us a telescopic view of Srilanka through the eyes of cricket fanaticaged and retired sports journalist and dying alcoholic MrWG Karunasena lovingly called Gamini by his wife Sheila and best friend Ari ByrdOnce he realises he has only a few days on planet Earth he decides to spend his remaining days writing a book on elusive cricketeer Pradeep Matthews who he feels is the best spinner the world has ever produced an unsung hero whose records have been vengefully erased and who has disappeared from public life since 1995His search for Matthews is the backbone for the entire story and it is ironic because in the process Gamini tries to search for his heart and spirit which he lost to alcohol many years agoI love the fact that the author effortlessly has interweaved a friendship between two old men that has lasted over decades a rivalry between two old mena marriage that still has a lot of love in it inspite of a lot of wear and tear over the years in the form of dead hopes and unfulfilled expectations and Srilankan cricket history into the storyWe also have a midgetcricketing syndicatescaste differences bombings cricketing anecdotes and the LTTE all thrown into the storyHe cleverly shows the reader the uirks and behavior of Srilankan society at various levelsThe writing is philosophicalhumorous and cheeky in many places and we realise halfway through that the writer loves his cricket and his countryOne can sense the writer's sadness when Gamini says that whatever the difference between the Tamilians and Sinhalese it is not so big that they have to shoot bullets at each other or burn down libraries or his disappointment when another character Johnny says that this is a beautiful country but you are going to destroy itThis book is a celebration of cricket and Srilanka as a nationDon't miss it if you are a die hard cricket fan