- Paperback: 291 pages
- Publisher: Faber And Faber; Indian export ed edition (3 February 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571218768
- ISBN-13: 978-0571218769
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 cm
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
English August Paperback – 3 Feb 2003
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About the Author
Born in India, UPAMANYU CHATTERJEE attended St. Stephens College in Delhi. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1983, later moving to the United Kingdom to serve as the Writer in Residence at the University of Kent. A writer of short stories and novels, he was appointed Director of Languages in the Ministry of Human Resource Development for the Indian government.
AKHIL SHARMA was born in Delhi, India. He grew up in Edison, New Jersey. His stories have appeared in the Best American Short Stories anthology, the O. Henry Award Winners anthology, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New Yorker. He is a winner of The Voice Literary Supplements Year 2000 'Writers on the Verge' Award.
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I got this for 180 on Amazon which is a great price.
But the book is plagued with numerous spelling and typo errors.
The publisher should have taken note.
I would have loved to get the other edition with the original cover(the one with a bookshelf) but that was too expensive.
Chatterjee's prose is a joy to read. His sense of humour, mind you, is a little dark for those with "cleaner" sensibilities but should be persisted with, for it leads to some of the funniest observations of Indian behaviour and traits which haven't changed a bit in the 25 years since this book was written. The writer conveys imagery through immaculate, poetic writing that leaves one in a dreamy haze.
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