Selection Day

Selection Day

Book - 2017
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Manjunath Kumar is fourteen and living in a slum in Mumbai. He knows he is good at cricket- if not as good as his older brother Radha. But there are many other things about himself and the world that he doesn't know. Sometimes it even seems as though everyone has a clear idea of who Manju should be, except Manju himself. And when Manju meets Radha's great rival, a mysterious Muslim boy privileged and confident in all the ways Manju is not, he is forced to come to terms with who he really is.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2017.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2016
ISBN: 9781501150838
Branch Call Number: F ADIGA
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 22, 2020

First, although the novel revolves around the game of cricket, (and the title refers to the professional cricket draft in India), no knowledge of cricket is required to enjoy this deeply insightful study of two teenaged brothers who have been groomed by their father to be stars of the game. Author Adiga's mpve; has a lot to say about the nature of family, sports culture and abusive sports parents. Recommended.

Sep 09, 2020

I know very little about cricket, but I still enjoyed this book: exploitation of young athletes, and parents obsessed with molding their children, know no borders. I thought this was less impressive than The White Tiger but still very good.

Sep 09, 2020

I'm fortunate that when I first picked up the book and saw the word "cricket" on the dust jacket I knew I had to read the book as I grew up in a cricketing nation and have traveled in India a couple of times. Cricket is the pillar around which complex relationships occur showing many of the class, financial, & lifestyle struggles in modern India. The author created vivid images in my mind as I read the novel but at the same time I was wondering how many Americans wouldn't get into a book featuring a sport they don't understand. This novel might just be a good excuse to learn about the sport and delve into the very believable lives of the characters.

Jul 20, 2017

The complexities and challenges of life in modern-day Mumbai and India are revealed through up-and-coming cricket players and the father, coach, scout, investor and lovers that play a part in their story. Rich characters, perspectives, locations and language, much as you'd expect from a Booker-prize winner. However as a North American reader I was at a disadvantage. It's necessary to know some basic cricket right from the beginning (watched youtube) and some Indian geography (I google mapped as I read). Overall a great read about a country I know far too little about.


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