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Serious Men Hardcover – 10 Jun 2010

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; First Edition; 1st printing. edition (10 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848543077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848543072
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.1 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,913,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Funny, diverting and original (Guardian)

Manu Joseph's first novel elegantly describes collisions with an unyielding status quo, ably counterpointing the frustrations of the powerless with the unfulfilling realities of power. With this astute comedy of manners he makes a convincing bid for his own recognition as a novelist of serious talent, the latest addition to a roster of Indian writers who are creating fine literary art from their country's fearsome contradictions (Peter Carty, Independent)

Manu Joseph's satirical tale of an ostensibly new India still in thrall to its caste-ridden and sexist traditions is so much more than a mere comic caper . . . Sophisticated entertainment (Catherine Taylor, Guardian)

The finest comic novelists know that a small world can illuminate a culture and an age...with this sad-funny debut Joseph does just that (Boyd Tonkin, Books to light up lazy days, Independent)

He has written a debut novel that skewers a society where new ambitions and older class divisions co-exist. From the contrasts of contemporary India, he extracts pointed, often bitter comedy (Sunday Times)

The writing is exuberant (TLS)

The absurdity and humiliation of social exclusion drives the comedy of one of the year's most auspicious debuts (Independent)

A charming debut novel (Guardian)

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A sparkling, comic novel about modern India

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