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The Legend of Pradeep Mathew: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize * Winner of the $50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature ** A Publishers Weekly "First Fiction" Pick for Spring 2012 * ?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 Aging sportswriter W.G. Karunasena's liver is shot. Years of drinking have seen to that. As his health fades, he embarks with ...
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The Legend of Pradeep Mathew: A Novel

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Winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize * Winner of the $50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature ** A Publishers Weekly "First Fiction" Pick for Spring 2012 * “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 Aging sportswriter W.G. Karunasena's liver is shot. Years of drinking have seen to that. As his health fades, he embarks with his friend Ari on a madcap search for legendary cricket bowler Pradeep Mathew. En route they discover a mysterious six-fingered coach, a Tamil Tiger warlord, and startling truths about their beloved sport and country. A prizewinner in Sri Lanka, and a sensation in India and Britain, The Legend of Pradeep Mathew by Shehan Karunatilaka is a nimble and original debut that blends cricket and the history of modern Sri Lanka into a vivid and comedic swirl.

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W.G. Karunasena, curmudgeonly narrator and protagonist, is a self-proclaimed alcoholic hack journalist, with no illusions about himself or his native land (Sri Lanka). A lifelong fan of books and booze, he has a distinctive voice and a biting wit and casts his jaundiced eye on everyone around him. The book is set largely in the 1990s, and though concerned almost entirely with the sport of cricket, it can't escape the ethnic conflicts and acts of terror and violence that plagued Sri Lankan society in that decade of civil war. Karunasena spends the entire novel trying to track down the title character, legendary yet forgotten Sri Lankan cricketer Pradeep Mathew, a Godot-like absent presence throughout the novel. Perhaps he is a metaphor for Sri Lanka itself, disregarded, underappreciated, and never getting its due. VERDICT If you had told me I would read and enjoy a 400-page novel about Sri Lankan cricket, I wouldn't have believed you. Though a passing acquaintance with the sport would add to readers' appreciation of the novel, the oddball characters, the humor, and debut novelist Karunatilaka's inventive narrative style will keep them engaged.—Lauren Gilbert, Sachem P.L., Holbrook, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555970468
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


Shehan Karunatilaka lives and works in Singapore. He has written advertisements, rock songs, travel stories, and basslines. This is his first novel.
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