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Born during a torrential rainstorm, in Shahkot, India, to a mother whom the neighbours find distinctly odd, Sampath Chawla is a disappointment to his family. Nothing but trouble from the start, he disgraces himself at a wedding party, loses his job at the local post office and runs away from home to take refuge in the guava orchard, at the top of a guava tree. There he is mistaken for a holy man and seer when he reveals intimate secrets about the local inhabitants (gleaned from reading their mail in idle moments at the post office). His father can see there is money, at last, to be made from his idle son and sets about doing so with determination. A local journalist, however, is equally determined to unmask him. Although Desai writes with considerable flair, employing an inventive style of English reminiscent of a line of Indian authors from Salman Rushdie to Arundhati Roy, there is something tiresome about this relentlessly perky comedy, and one has a slight suspicion that the European reader is being hoodwinked with fashionable pastiche. Midnight's Children has a lot to answer for. -- Lisa Jardine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Kiran Desai's Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard is the charming and acclaimed debut novel from the author of The Inheritance of Loss, which won the Man Booker Prize in 2006.See all Product Description
Not very gripping, fey, whimsical, boringly follows the path of every other humorous writer who has addressed India.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Alright in places but neither particularly amusing or cerebral.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not my usual type of book but very entertaining and a cultural insight into the quirky lives of an Indian family and the quite amusing events that take place in the story. Read morePublished 17 months ago by JENNY THOMAS
An excellent price on a book needed for school, and which Waterstone's didn't have. Excellent, helpful and responsive seller, too!Published 20 months ago by Crabbypink
If you like Indian literature you will love this.
Really humourous, but it has a bite!
Really so different from Kiran Desai's other book, The Inheritance of Loss, which... Read more