Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai

This very charming story, set in the Indian village of Shakhot, centers on Sampath Chawla.  Born on a magical night when a terrible drought comes to an end and food accidentally drops from the sky, it seems that he is destined for greatness.  Fast forward about twenty years, and he is disappointing his family with a string of failures and disgraceful incidents which cause him to seek an escape by climbing a guava tree.  He is then mistaken for a holy man, sending his town into chaos.  Oh yeah, the town is also being terrorized by a pack of brazen monkeys.
This book is simply a lot of fun to read.  If you are looking for something entertaining, what could be better?

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