- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Scribner (January 3, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1501150839
- ISBN-13: 978-1501150838
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Selection Day: A Novel Hardcover – January 3, 2017
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“Selection Day, Mr. Adiga’s third novel, supplies further proof that his Booker Prize, won for The White Tiger in 2008, was no fluke. He is not merely a confident storyteller but also a thinker, a skeptic, a wily entertainer, a thorn in the side of orthodoxy and cant... Powerful... Soulful... What this novel offers is the sound of a serious and nervy writer working at near the top of his form. Like a star cricket batter, Mr. Adiga stands and delivers, as if for days." (Dwight Garner, New York Times)
“Adiga’s wit and raw sympathy will carry uninitiated readers beyond their ignorance of cricket…Adiga’s paragraphs bounce along like a ball hit hard down a dirt street. One gets the general direction, but the vectors of his story can change at any moment as we chase after these characters…Selection Day evolves into a bittersweet reflection on the limits of what we can select. Choice — that most enticing Western ideal — does not thrive everywhere equally…Adiga’s voice is so exuberant, his plotting so jaunty, that the sadness of this story feels as though it is accumulating just outside our peripheral vision.” (Ron Charles, The Washington Post)
“Adiga seems boundlessly gifted once again. He makes beautiful sentences; creates wonderfully eccentric, original characters; and moves his plot along at a brisk pace. There’s energy and wit on every page… Adiga superbly captures the intimacy between the two brothers, as they bicker, tease and protect each other… as Adiga explores themes of ambition, failure, homophobia and threats to freedom — whether on a personal or national level — he has produced a nearly flawless novel, and further proof that he is among our finest contemporary novelists.” (Carmela Ciuraru, The San Francisco Chronicle)
"The best novel I read this year... In its primal triangle of rival brothers and a maniacal father, hell-bent on success in cricket in India, Adiga grips the passions while painting an extraordinary panorama of contemporary sports, greed, celebrity, and mundanity. As a literary master, Adiga has only advanced in his art since his Booker Prize-winning The White Tiger." (Mark Greif, The Atlantic)
"A compelling tale of cricket and corruption... A finely told, often moving, and intelligent novel... Adiga has grown in his art since his Booker prizewinning debut, The White Tiger." (The Guardian)
“Adiga is an exceptionally talented novelist, and the subtlety with which he presents the battle between India’s aspirants and its left-behind poor is exceptional.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
"Selection Day is, by any judgment, top-rate fiction from a young master... Adiga’s plot is gripping." (The Times (UK))
"An engrossing and nuanced coming-of-age novel... Adiga has succeeded in composing a powerful individual story that, at the same time, does justice to life's (and India's) great indeterminacies."--The Sunday Times (UK) (Sunday Times (UK))
"Sensually told and unpredictably plotted... Adiga's prose has a bustling energy that makes it highly readable." (The Financial Times (UK))
"A captivating and sensitive coming-of-age story that tackles various new themes: the confounding nature of sexuality; the darkness that accompanies excellence and achievement... Adiga’s characters, like his settings, are getting more complex with each book, and this complexity makes his indictment of the contemporary world all the more urgent and convincing." (Times Literary Supplement (UK))
About the Author
Aravind Adiga was born in India in 1974 and attended Columbia and Oxford universities. He is the author of Selection Day, the Booker Prize-winning novel The White Tiger, and the story collection Between the Assassinations. He lives in Mumbai, India.
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On selection day, when Manju is 16 years old, both brothers, Radha and Manju, were competing for a position on the team. What was Manju’s plan? There was father’s advice to get as many runs as possible. Their father has a favourite son, a special son, and the sons have a special obsession. For Manju, is it science or is it cricket? On selection day, Manju must face, not only the incoming balls trying to get him out, but also his life-changing decisions.
If readers like the sport of cricket, they will like this novel of obsessions, dreams, family favourites, expectations, peer pressure, choices, dedication, love relationships. and wayward distractions. Its themes of brotherly competition, external circumstances, and paternal love are explored in a fascinating way, to make this an entertaining novel.
Selection day is a vindication of why Adiga won prize for his first book. The story, set in Mumbai, India is about two boys trying to make it big in the game of cricket. The story manifests several flavors and thought provoking literature (like Revenge is the capitalism of poor), but what stuck me the most was the character of penniless, overbearing father with a loveless life with only goal to ensure that his children succeed and not live the life of a "chutney seller" that he endures, but in the wake of doing so, he mentors them so closely that he not only takes cricket but all the other decisions for then (like restricting the boys to shave to avoid tampering with cricket hormones) This drives both the boys away from him, (the younger one completely out of sight) to the point that both don't even wish well for him.
Tragedy is the theme of this novel. There is a portrayal of dire life of slums and how passion for a sport can be a panacea and can give hope in the most desperate times, but story meets a tragic end to show how all this passion gets wasted.Representation of unfulfilled life of the father laboring to earn money and shades of his unsuccessful attempts to earn respect in close relationships is touching. The coach's desire before dying to see the younger brother to play at a state level metaphors how life doesn't even give opportunities to say goodbye and allows one last moment
All is all a novel definitely worth reading, and in my opinion it has classic Adiga written all over it.