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Selection Day Read ☆ 104 º Manju is fourteen He knows he is good at cricket if not as good as his elder brother Radha He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket obsessed father admires his brilliantly talented brother and is fascinated by CSI and curious and interesting scientific facts But there are many things about himself and abouD begins to change and he is faced by decisions that will challenge both his sense of self and of the world around himAs sensitively observed as The White Tiger Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2008 was brilliantly furious Selection Day reveals another facet of Aravind Adiga's remarkable talen. This was such a nightmare Literally struggled to reach the finish line Had picked this for the love of cricket But each and every character is so much convolutedRead this during a reading slump and this only contributed to itWhy I hated it Abstract narration The booker kind Twisted characters could have been fun But somehow these became depressing

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Re many things about himself and about the world that he doesn't know Everyone around him it seems has a clear idea of who Manju should be except Manju himselfBut when Manju begins to get to know Radha's great rival a boy as privileged and confident as Manju is not everything in Manju's worl. Selection Day is a coming of age story about two talented young brothers Radha and Manju Kumar as they train to become professional cricket players Living in the slums of India with their legit crazy and domineering father they are desperate to get out Their cricket skills eventually get noticed by scouters and then by a rich businessman who offers to sponsor them if they agree to train with a renowned coach in the hopes that at least one of them will be selected to play on a professional teamWith a little extra cash from the sponsor life gets better for the family Their father finally moves them out of the ghetto and they all begin to live a middle class lifestyle But things also getcomplicated Their father gets crazier The boys's relationship with each other gets extremely competitive and destructive Plus the brothers begin to forge new friendships with others that make them uestion their devotion to their father cricket and each other In the end they are forced to decide which relationships are worth fighting for and if they even want to play cricket at allThis is a weird book not gonna lie I've never read anything else by Aravind Adiga but my understanding is that all of his books are like this crazy characters hard to follow dialogue and confusing storytelling Reading this book is definitely an experience but it's an experience you kind of just have to let happen to you I struggled to get through those first 100 pages and only once I stopped obsessing about actually understanding what was going on did I begin to like the bookDespite my struggle reading it I probably would have still given the book four stars but the ending was so disappointing I don't know if Adiga was intentionally trying to make this a road less traveled cautionary tale or something but it fell so so flat I could not have been disappointed with where the story ended upSo three stars it is and no I won't read another one by Adiga Booker Prize winner or not Hmmm I've said that before Maybe Booker Prize winners aren't for meARC provided by publisher through Net GalleySee of my reviews at wwwBugBugBookscom

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Selection DayManju is fourteen He knows he is good at cricket if not as good as his elder brother Radha He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket obsessed father admires his brilliantly talented brother and is fascinated by CSI and curious and interesting scientific facts But there a. Exploring the great nastinessIn the middle of the novel Tommy Sir the talent scout scouring the maidans of Bombay who was given to the truth as some men are to drink ruefully says this about the game he lovesHow did this thing our shield and chivalry our Roncesvalles and Excalibur go over to the other side and become part of the great nastinessTommy Sir is the puritan fan who believes in old world virtues of principles and righteousness hence does not fit into the modern world and is definitely setup to fail The above lines capture the wretched transformation in a game invented by medieval shepherds which has been corrupted beyond recognition from the gentleman’s game it used to beHaving said that this is not just a cricket book but the story of modern India told through its most popular game Since the game now cuts across classes and reaches new audiences and participants alike it is a great lens through which to look at the country as a whole Hence the corruption in the game is a mirror to the corruption that infects the body politic of the nation at largeAravind Adiga as in his master piece 'The White Tiger' manages to capture the voice of the aspirational underclass of the country who have migrated to the big city and demand their share of the prosperity pie This time though this happens through the agency of two brothers who have migrated from a village in the Karnataka coast along with their father who amidst selling chutney in Bombay spots the natural talent of his boys for Cricket and then pushes them into the game So unlike ‘The White Tiger’ the aspiration here of the two boys is forced by the obsessive father The father Mohan Kumar wants to develop his elder son Radha into the 'best batsman in the world' and the younger and complex son Manju the 'second best batsman in the world' using his home grown eccentric techniues “No shaving until Twenty one” In steps Tommy Sir who has a lifelong dream to uncover one real talent who will make it to the Indian national team before he dies Tommy Sir also introduces the family to the visionary entrepreneur Anand Mehta whose vision is to support young cricketers with a monthly stipend in return for a portion of their marketing revenue when they make it to the big stage Anand Mehta is himself the son of a wealthy stock broker who has rebelled against his father and gone to the US and on his return spends his time suandering the family wealth by investing in flop schemes But with this new vision of sponsoring budding cricketers he thinks he can fulfil his lifelong ambition of gaining entry into the exclusive business club of Bombay He is also given to spouting insightful social commentary on modern India Sample this“Indians my dear are basically a sentimental race with high cholesterol levels Now that the hunger for social realist melodrama is no longer satisfied by the Hindi cinema the Indian public is turning to cricket”At one point Mehta says that Cricket is essentially 'state sponsored lobotomy' and its chivalrous ways are ideally suited for male social control especially in a country where the sex ratio is so skewed So the only way to maintain the sanity of the nation wrecked by this crisis of masculinity and to keep the rogue Hindu testosterone in check is Bread and Tendulkar and hence a steady dose of live cricket Such observations make you realize the social impact of the game on the country which might be bigger than even Football’s impact on BrazilThe elder boy Radha is indeed the protégé but soon Manju overtakes him much to the displeasure of the elder brother But what everyone fails to notice is to ask whether Manju himself wants to play the game Manju himself is much interested in Science and forensic science at that in the mould of TV series CSI So he halfheartedly takes to the game and perhaps for this reason does not feel any stress and this ironically makes him excel in the gameManju also has his growth pangs as he is ambivalent about his sexuality and this reaches a head when he meets an eually talented but disinterested in the game cricketer Javed Ansari JA as he is fondly called makes Manju uestion whether he loves the game at all or he plays it in fear of his maniacal father He tethers between the poles while answering this uestion and in the end his indecision leads to his tragic fall to mediocrity Radha on the other hand feels fate has been unkind to him and blames Manju for usurping his space The father in the end feels if the God of cricket Subramanya he trusts gave one boy the talent and the other the desire This adds up to a tragic climax for each of the protagonists and the boys themselves realize all too late that they have martyred ourselves to mediocrity'If anger marked ‘The White Tiger’ then fear marks this novel As Manju’s father is driven not just by the desire of the riches but also from fear of what will happen if his sons do not succeed and as the end shows this can lead to nothing but tragedyAdiga also revels in biting satire as in when he says'Nothing is illegal in India Because technically everything is illegal in India See how it works'Or'Revenge is the capitalism of the poor conserve the original wound defer immediate gratification fatten the first insult with new insults invest and reinvest spite and keep waiting for the perfect moment to strike back'Or when he describes the boys' father “Because Kumar’s eyes had in them what Anand Mehta called a ‘pre liberalization stare’ an intensity of gaze common in people of the lower class before 1991 when the old socialist economy was in place” This is genius in one lineThere is also a rejoinder from the man to his critics who panned his first novel for bashing the dreamy eyed Indian middle class'What we Indians want in literature at least the kind written in English is not literature at all but flattery We want to see ourselves depicted as soulful sensitive profound valorous wounded tolerant and funny beings All that Jhumpa Lahiri stuff But the truth is we are absolutely nothing of that kind What are we then We are animals of the jungle who will eat our neighbor's children in five minutes and our own in ten Keep this in mind before you do any business in the country'Personally for me this novel is also a depiction of millions of Indian kids who lose their childhood in pursuit of the goals set by their over ambitious parents who do not care about their real ambitions and in the process manage to push them into a life they do not want but who still labor on courageously knowing well that they might end up as tragediesSo in the end this is the work of a genius our own Flaubert who dissects the hypocrisies and ironies of modern Indian life like no other