- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Fourth Estate; 1 edition (15 September 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9352770447
- ISBN-13: 978-9352770441
- Package Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Manu Joseph is one of the finest authors writing in English in India today. His previous books, Serious Men and The Illicit Happiness of Other People, published by HarperCollins India, pushed the envelope in the genre of literary fiction in terms of both structure and content, garnered rave reviews, and won and were nominated for several national and international awards.
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The narrative is a scathing attack on the left and right and the prose does not dissapoint as usual. However the storyline is too contemporary. There is a very feeble attempt to conceal identities and for most part it feels like one is reading old newspaper clippings (unless you are less than 20) and repeats some of the insuniations which were responsible for Damo's ascent.
But the book is no where close to illicit happiness of other people or serious men. So lower your expectations but read it nevertheless.
Two main ladies of this novel, Akhila and Laila, hails from totally different social status but both are struggling with the societal limitations and restrictions running from centuries.
Writer builds up the tempo by mingling two different stories, one of police encounter and other is a rescue operation at building collapse.
All the characters are from real life and anyone with minimal knowledge of current affairs will recognise them.
Would urge all to go for this book and they will get a very fresh perspective towards things which are happening in India.
The takedowns of the left wing activists/intellectuals... It was so cruel and at the same time so funny..
But really, go and reread Serious Men.
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It's a definite page turner.