The Illicit Happiness of Other People

The Illicit Happiness of Other People

Book - 2013
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Seventeen-year-old Unni has done something terrible. The only clue to his actions lies in a comic strip he has drawn, which has fallen into the hands of his father Ousep - a nocturnal anarchist with a wife who is fantasizing about his early death. Ousep begins investigating the extraordinary life of his son, but as he circles closer and closer to the truth, he unravels a secret that shakes his family to the core. Set in Madras in the 1990s, where every adolescent male is preparing for the toughest exam in the world, this is a powerful and darkly comic story involving an alcoholic's probe into the minds of the sober, an adolescent cartoonist's dangerous interpretation of absolute truth, an inner circle of talented schizophrenics and the pure love of a 12-year-old boy for a beautiful girl.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2013
Edition: First Canadian edition
ISBN: 9781443416375
Branch Call Number: F JOS NVD
Characteristics: 343 p. ; 21 cm


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BPLNextBestAdults May 10, 2013

Unni Chacko committed suicide at the age of 17 and his father, Ousep, wants to know why. While we follow his quest, we learn a bit about Indian culture and about dysfunctional families. Manu Joseph writes with sensitivity and a quirky sense of humour. net

Laurel624 Apr 09, 2013

This book advances the premise that young men are helpless when it comes to resisting an impulse to molest girls who are attractive or provocatively dressed. While the book recognizes that this is a moral failing on the part of men, it nonetheless depicts sexual assaults on very young (12-14) girls as inevitable when an aroused young man encounters a pretty girl who has the poor judgment to find herself alone. Yuck.

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