- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Harpercollins; new edition (1 June 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9351361764
- ISBN-13: 978-9351361763
- Product Dimensions: 29 x 20 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
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The Illicit Happiness Of Other People Paperback – 1 Jun 2014
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About the Author
Manu Joseph's debut novel Serious Men (2010) won The Hindu Literary Prize and the American PEN Open Book Award. The Illicit Happiness of Other People is his second novel. Manu is columnist for The International New York Times and lives in Delhi.
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Whether you come to the characters or the storyline ,each depicts what our brains have never imagined to see.
our kaleidoscope is small ,I think.
The story lingers in the balaji lanes of madras with catholic and Malayaee’s family and there is Ousep chacko a bright writer and journalist in his earlier days but now tagged as a failed novelist who lives with his wife Mariamma, younger son Thoma Chacko and an adolescent cartoonist Unni Chacko who seemed to be the happiest .Until he falls from his balcony to instant death which seemed to be an accident but three years later Ousep receives a package which leads him that his sons abstract comic strips has some link to his death.Restless Ousep starts his quest while dealing with the turmoil of poverty and stranded relationship with his wife who wants him to be dead and his twelve-year son who falls in love with their neighbor Mythilli.
Ousep searches goes from talking with Unni chackos former friends ,cartoonist meetings and even searching for psycho!!
The story unfolds the bitter lies and lump gulping situation and figments of imaginary ways to understand human behaviors.
The story of a drunkard who sleeps naked and whose cynical wife, who talks to wall and wakes him up by throwing bucket of water in early mornings.
The novel is wryly rhetorical with a cunning style joining the pieces of dark comic strips the end is not what it seems!!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Manu Joseph is an Indian journalist and writer. He is the former editor of open magazine
Paperback: 354 pages
Publisher: Harper India; new edition (1 June 2014)
Genre: Literature & Fiction
You can't put down this book, that is for sure. But at the climax you get the sinking feeling where you realise that maybe there isn't a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
The dark humour the suspense quotient..Manu josephs style of narration made me a spell bound ...It took me through the apartments complex the central charecter lives in and made me to experience the world around them...Highly recommend
Can’t go back to read it enough number of times.
Mr. Joseph has a delightfully fun way of writing on serious topics.