Thursday, 19 February 2009

'Book of the Day': White Man Falling



Today's Book of the Day is Mike Stocks' 'White Man Falling'

Published by Alma in May 2007, this is Mike's first novel, that won the Goss first Novel Award in 2006. Mike has also published poems and childrens stories.

Police Sub-Inspector (retired) R.M. Swaminathan has suffered a stroke while beating up a Very Guilty Suspect in the lock-up of Mullaipuram Police Station. He can no longer talk properly, command the respect of his community, or give his six daughters the bankrupting dowries they deserve. Is it any wonder that Swami has lost his pride and wants to kill himself using only a puncture-repair kit? Surely a man in these circumstances has good reason to feel cursed when a white man falls out of the sky, dying at his feet and making him a laughing stock. But as further strange incidents occur, Swami’s hometown starts to believe he is walking with God, and life changes for ever…

Mike Stocks’s tale of domestic catastrophe, accidental crime-busting, deluded matchmaking and mystical absurdity brilliantly exemplifies how sometimes in life meaningless events can produce meaningful effects.

'A warm-hearted comedy… Stocks’s poetic background… manifests itself in beautiful turns of phrase… and in the interweaving of Indian English throughout the text. There is a vogue in contemporary fiction for leaping between characters and timeframes like a flea seeking a tasty host. White Man Falling is a reminder that a single location and perspective, and linear chronology, can be deeply satisfying.' - The Times

'A witty and occasionally lyrical novel.' - The Melbourne Age

This is a great book, its humurous and keeps you intrigued the whole way through. Steve from The Book Depository describes it as 'A great book, at times surreal, at times humorous, a definite yes.'

Lauren

1 comment:

Mike French said...

This is with a new member of The View From Here team - review coming soon!