Book Review Of The Day – Chinaman

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The Whaleoil Book Club is a compilation of recommended books from readers

This holiday season we are going to review approximately one book per day so that it gives people a chance to do their own research on the books and authors by using the links provided and not miss out by being bombarded by a whole lot at once.

The purpose is to share with others sources of information and/or entertainment to aid with relaxing as people take some time off work.

Each post is set out with the name of who submitted it, the name of the book and author and a short review in the form of a comment from whoever submitted it.

Todays review came from Cora


By Shehan Karunatilaka

Cora said: “This is a book for lovers of cricket and readers who like jokes, diagrams and grainy photographs. It is a picaresque novel and moves slowly. You can pick it up and put it down and not lose interest. The narrator, a sports writer who is dying of alcohol poisoning, pursues his dream of discovering the fate of the bowler, the chinaman, who was expelled from the national side. As he collects his evidence the mores of international cricket and Sri Lankan society are exposed with many a joke and acerbic comment. The novel features the New Zealand side which toured Sri Lanka and cried foul. It also ends in New Zealand most satisfactorily.”

Amazon said: “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 himself. Ambitious, playful and strikingly original, “Chinaman” is a novel about cricket and Sri Lanka – and the story of modern day Sri Lanka through its most cherished sport.”


If you have read this book or it reminds you of a story or something then please go ahead and share in the comments section below.