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English, August: An Indian Story by [Chatterjee, Upamanyu]

English, August: An Indian Story Kindle Edition

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A best-seller when it was first published, in India in 1988, this satiric novel chronicles the reluctant coming of age of a privileged young man who has just entered the prestigious Indian Administrative Service. Posted to a small town deep in the interior, he finds himself a foreigner in his own country, wary of cholera, defenseless against mosquitoes, and shocked by the sight of a tribal woman: "They exist, he shrieked silently, outside arty films about tribal exploitation and agrarian reform." In revolt, he sneaks out of meetings, pretends to be the son of Antarctic explorers, and smokes copious amounts of pot. He's an avatar of the Western slacker: overeducated, bored, plagued with doubts, and incapable of action. Still, Chatterjee's story is uniquely Indian, as he plumbs his hero's fear of being "just one more urban Indian bewitched by America's hard sell in the Third World."
Copyright © 2006 The New Yorker

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''elegant and gently mischievous satire...this novel marks the debut of an extraordinarily promising talent.'' ---- The London Observer

''A contribution not just to Indian literature but to world literature; highly recommended.'' ---- Library Journal

''A jazzy, baggy, hyperbolic, comic and crazy clamour of voices which...brings a breath of fresh talent to Indian fiction.'' ---- Glasgow Herald

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 260 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
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