So I’ve finished reading this book and don’t quite know what to make of it but fortunately not in the same way as that ‘cricket‘ book that Barack Obama was reading!
It’s absurdly fictitious (I think!) but based on reality (Well, sort of).
I don’t read much fiction at all but being cricket literature written in the first person, Karunatilaka’s Chinaman is not that far removed from my usual readings.
I was starting to find it a little drawn out during the fourth day’s play but a change of innings on the final day re-awoke my interest.
Some people might scorn at one or two slightly fanciful things that appear on various pages and many of the character names are a little too ‘combine two genuine Sri Lankan cricketers’, see Marvan Arnold but the book is still original. Chinaman manages to stay on track despite heading off in different directions. Go figure!
I enjoy writing but am utterly hopeless at reviewing things (Can you tell?). At least I made it to the end unlike that 700-page sci-fi work about living on Mars. Next up I have Barry Richards’ autobiography but might be squeezing in some non-cricket books beforehand.
Back to Chinaman, Shehan Karunatilaka’s effort reaches the close of play undefeated on…
78 not out
Cricket Captain 2019: What I’d like to See
I posted a ‘Suggestions for 2019’ article last year…
…but now that we’re in 2019, it seems like an appropriate time to revisit this.
Telegraph Fantasy Cricket CC/ODC 2019: How to Select a Team
As with Cricket Captain, 2019 is upon us, so if we want to succeed at TFC, then we already need to get our thinking caps on! Again, as with Cricket Captain, I’ve put forward my tactics before but feel that I can now expand on those in greater depth.
I’ll likely do both the above articles as audiocasts. My short-lived YouTube experiment is probably on hiatus. I just don’t have the space to be able to keep it clean and make it look sleek. I’ve got some really good ideas but with a second child having just arrived in a very small house, the audiocasts are a bit more feasible than recording videos.
Shehan Karunatilaka: Chinaman Book Review
I’m about fifty pages into this and am enjoying it so far. There’s such a lack of quality cricket fiction out there but hopefully this has bucked the trend.
Please take at look at my previous book reviews here…
Many thanks for following and please keep doing so as we approach a magical year for cricket… 2020!