White Man Falling

White Man Falling

by Mike Stocks

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White Man Falling 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
GiacomoL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A funny comedy of manners set in modern India, this book is very easy to read and quite witty.
GregoryHeath on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
woosang on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An odd story of an indian man, retired from the police force due to a stroke, who is nearly flattened by a white man falling from the sky. This sets off a chain of events as a powerful man in town, mistaking Swami as a threat, threatens him. As Swami has 6 daughters with no means of a dowry, this disruption to his life is most distressing to his wife. She is negotiating a marriage for her eldest Daughter to a middle class family and is thrawted by her husband's misfortunes.A readable story, it shows a man caught in a storm of events he cannot control and withdrawing from the the world after a near death experience. The love of his wife and children who try to support him as he becomes extremely popular in town show a tighknit family unit even if they do not understand Swami. A comedy of errors that has to be read to the end,
bowerbird on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an unusual book about a relatively poor family in a small town in India. It has a charm which keeps you reading as the main character eventually manages to take on the status of a minor god and thus secure the well-being of his wife and children.