White Man Falling is a tale of domestic catastrophe, deluded match-making and mystical absurdity set in a small town in South India. 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-
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An odd comedy about an Indian policeman who following a stroke and a near death experience is attributed holiness by those around him. The book is funny and touching in parts but throughout I could not stop questioning how an author born and raised outside could be so very sure of himself in writing about what would appear to me to be fundamental cores of Tamil culture. At times the book sails perilously close to the arent foreigners awfully comic. So then I got lost in the whole well its obviou
That then turned into trying to come up with authors who can write about cultures other than their own convincingly. Ishiguro was raised in Surrey so that one went out the window, and after further thought I could only think of historical novelists Like Hilary Mantel who write so convincingly on different cultures seperated not by space but by time. In the end the only conclusion I came to is that this book underwhelmed to the extent that it allowed the brain to focus on more interesting questions. The dreadful reading run of 2014 continues.