Jemubhai Popatlal, a retired Cambridge-educated judge, lives in Kalimpong, at the foot of the Himalayas, with his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, and his cook. Naipaul but who are, perhaps, less aware of how fragile their own social standing is? Jemubhai, with his hunting rifles and English biscuits, becomes an obvious target. Besides threatening their very lives, the revolution also stymies the fledgling romance between year-old Sai and her Nepalese tutor, Gyan. All of these characters struggle with their cultural identity and the forces of modernization while trying to maintain their emotional connection to one another. Briskly paced and sumptuously written, the novel ponders questions of nationhood, modernity, and class, in ways both moving and revelatory.
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Shelves: indian-novels Fairly amusing and fairly brief novel about Sampath, an Indian adolescent, who really does not want to work hard and who would rather laze around.
One day he suddenly decides he would like to sit at the top of a guava tree. He stays there and refuses to come down. He begins to be mistaken for a wise man. There is an air of predictability about this and some of the characters are very formulaic. There are some very funny moments though and the saga of the drunken monkeys is hilarious. Desai also Fairly amusing and fairly brief novel about Sampath, an Indian adolescent, who really does not want to work hard and who would rather laze around.
Desai also very neatly dissects bureaucracy and the inability of local dignitaries to make decisions. Desai must have had great fun making them up: Remember "If you do not weed your tomato plant will not flower". The plot is a little thin at times and some of the interesting side stories would have benefited from expansion. Somewhere in between this Kiran Desai is able to write a humorous, if not exactly ground-breaking, story of Sampath, a diffident ditherer whose foray into a guava tree transforms him into a a sham spiritualist for the gullible and naive.
Like many only sons Sampath is born under the weighty lode of familial The novel begins with the most classical of Indian scenes; that of the murky, muggy monsoon rains; the novel deals with the most eponymous of Indian characters-the spoiled, feckless only son. For reasons inexplicable even to himself, Sampath somehow finds some meaning in a guava fruit given to him by his mother-this soon leads to him climbing a guava tree where he posits himself in all his glory.
Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard
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