Aravinda Adiga’s Selection Day This novel is a cricket-themed beauty. It surpasses other beauties including 'The Chinaman' and other fictions over the last decade. With a firm grip on reality in terms of its sporting citings in and around the cricket field the book gives serious insight into the difference between wealth and poverty on the giant Asian continent, in particular within the harsh and intent caste system of India, arguably the world’s biggest democracy. The book repeatedly reminds the reader of the struggle and accompanying fatigue of people fighting for survival and then finding themselves and some sustaining passion through the very POWERFUL medium of cricket. This is, with spectacular success on the field and humour off it, one of the appealing mixtures that the scenarios built by the author supply us with.
I liked the constant scenario switching as well as the passion of the two boys; it really is something to behold. "Cricket is the triumph of civilisation over instinct" was my favourite quote.