White Man Falling Paperback – 20 Apr 2007
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"White Man Falling is that rare and wondrous thing - a perfectly realised serious comic novel. That it is also a first novel makes it all the more extraordinary."
-- Sarah Dunant (Chair of the Judging Panel - Goss First Novel Award)
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Winner of the Goss First Novel Award --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
This is Mike Stocks debut novel, and if this book is anything to go by, it would appear there is an exciting future for this author. I am not alone in my enthusiasm for this novel as it has now been shortlisted for the Goss First Novel Award 2006 to be announced in October 2006.
Gregory Heath, author of 'The Entire Animal'
The Entire Animal
On the face of it, a comic novel about a central character hovering between life and death is a challenge. Our hero, Police Sub-Inspector R. M. Swaminathan, has retired after having a stroke and heads a family of six daughters living in Mullaipuram, Tamil Nadu. His main problem is how to arrange their marriages without the funds to pay the necessary dowries. Stocks clearly enjoys playing with the generations, from the six daughters to Swaminathan and his wife, to the grandfather whose flute-playing always disrupts important meetings, whether to arrange a marriage or at his son’s hospital bedside. In his darker moments, which are numerous, the Sub-Inspector had even attempted suicide with a puncture repair kit.
An accident, on the very day that a meeting has been arranged with a boy’s family with matrimony in mind, leaves Swaminathan in hospital. The rumour spreads that Swaminathan has died and been brought back to life by doctors. During this traumatic period he is believed to have been ‘walked with the Gods’ and to have taken on the mantle of a holy man. His inability to speak reinforces his separateness from normal human beings.
I do not know enough about Tamil Nadu and its population to how true are the author’s characterisations of its urban population.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is written with impeccable grammar. I am, however, uncertain as to whether it was supposed to be funny. If it was, it wasn't.Published on 1 July 2013 by M
The first half of the book is good. It kept a good pace, had a decent storyline, had some laughs and seemed like it was going somewhere. Read morePublished on 6 Feb. 2013 by Di
It's been a good while since I read this, but when I checked to see how it was doing I found I hadn't reviewed it.
That I can rectify. Read more
It is rather strange to think a book about a man falling to his death from a hotel window could be amusing but this is obviously intended to be a humorous novel. Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2011 by Mondoro
I disagree quite strongly with those five-star reviews. Although very funny in places, this book has two serious failings in my opinion. Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2010 by Phil O'Sofa