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The Match

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The Booker Prize-nominated author's brilliant new novel about growing up, growing apart, and finding one's place in the world.

As a teenager from Sri Lanka, Sunny is living the typical life of an expatriate in 1970s Manila—a privileged, carefree existence—until one day when the secret behind his mother's tragic death years earlier is accidentally revealed to him, turning Su...more
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published January 28th 2006 by Bloomsbury UK (first published January 2006)
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This book is somewhat contrived in that it really does not come together until the end, after "the match". The earlier "coming of age" chapters feel somewhat empty which I think is because they are setting the stage for the final realizations. That said, I did enjoy where the book went with the main couple's relationship and its ups and downs and its lack of an overly dramatic ending.
Not at all what I expected, but interesting nonetheless. The whole thing felt a little numb, I guess, and it just glided along. But I liked the writing, and it's different than the kind of thing I normally read. The multi-cultural aspects were interesting.
My 2 fav things. Sri Lanka and cricket. What's not to like?
A coming of age tale about a Sri Lankan boy who spends his childhood in Malaysia, before moving to England as a young adult, where he falls in love with a woman named Clara.
...finally a story with a kind of a happy ending by romesh g.
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Romesh Gunesekera was born in Sri Lanka where he spent his early years. Before coming to Britain he also lived in the Philippines. He now lives in London. In 2010 he was writer in residence at Somerset House.

His first novel, Reef, was published in 1994 and was short-listed as a finalist for the Booker Prize, as well as for the Guardian Fiction Prize. In the USA he was nominated for a New Voice Awa...more
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