White Man Falling Paperback
by Mike Stocks
Police sub-inspector Swami has lost his job after suffering a stroke while beating up a very guilty suspect.
He can no longer talk properly, command the respect of his community, or give his six daughters the bankrupting dowries they deserve - and his wife is obsessed with securing the most expensive husbands in India.
No wonder 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 and lands on him in a busy street, dying in front of his eyes 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 becomes easier...Mike Stocks' comic tour de force brilliantly exemplifies how sometimes in life meaningless events can produce meaningful effects.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 296 pages
- Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 20/04/2007
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781846880360
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Review by GiacomoL
A funny comedy of manners set in modern India, this book is very easy to read and quite witty.
Review by GregoryHeath
I bought this book because I'd had some minor dealings with the author, via his editorship of the excellent poetry magazine 'Anon'. I wasn't at all sure it would be my cup of tea, though, and it did take me several attempts to get into it at first. But when I finally sat down to give it a fair trial and got through the first few pages, I soon began to see what a very good book it really is. It's been described by Sarah Dunant as a 'serious comic novel' and that sums it up nicely. It's serious in that it reads as a highly authentic insight into life in modern India, and deals with issues of faith and mysticism and the power of the unsaid. It's comic in that it offers dry, often dark humour from beginning to end, whether in relation to the absurdities of domestic life or the equally absurd machinations of the political world. For anyone who's interested in a poignant, thought-provoking and entertaining book, this one comes highly recommended.