Sara Habein’s #CBR4 Review #43: The Legend of Pradeep Matthew by Shehan Karunatilaka
Prior to picking up The Legend of Pradeep Mathew, nearly all I could tell you about cricket is what the bat looks like and that I once saw a bowler on the Jonathan Ross Show who was apparently very good. I can’t remember his name. Yes, I do know they’re called bowlers, not pitchers. Also, my friend Karo loves cricket. That was the extent of my knowledge.
After reading The Legend of Pradeep Mathew? Well… I perhaps gleaned a small amount of knowledge, particularly regarding Sri Lankan and Australian corners of the sport. I still have no idea how the scoring system works, but maybe I could better figure it out were I to watch a cricket match now. Not that they really show cricket in the US… but in theory, perhaps.
Does minimal knowledge of cricket impede my enjoyment of the book? Absolutely not. Shehan Karunatilaka’s novel is surprising, funny, and interesting — though I imagine that if you love the sport, it is even more so. This was an impulse read for me, after seeing it on the ‘New’ shelf at my local library. I’m so glad I gave into the urge, however massive my reading queue was otherwise.
(My full review can be found at Glorified Love Letters.)