BOOK CHEWING: An Interview with Shehan Karunatilaka, author of CHINAMAN
Chinaman is so far my favourite read of 2012. It still puts a smile on my face whenever I think about it and it’s a book I’m desperate to share with as many people as possible. Yes it is a novel with cricket in it but it is not a novel about cricket. It is about Sri Lanka and its people, its history and the politics that have plagued the country and almost torn it apart. It is about fathers and sons, myths and legends and friends and family. It is immensely funny and fascinating and may possibly break your heart, it did mine. And you don’t even have to like cricket or understand the game to enjoy it (this is proven as I gave it to my Mum who knows NOTHING about cricket and she loved it). Read my blog review here.
I was lucky enough to ask the author, Shehan Karunatilaka, a few questions about his book which won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and recently was the Asia Regional Winner for this year’s Commonwealth Writers Prize.