Title: Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard
Author: Kiran Desai
Date Published: 1999
Genre: Non-Western Literature
Page Count: 224 pages
The book is set in India, Sampath, a boy who's birth coincided with the end of a massive drought, a boy that the town said was destined for great things. However, as he nears his twenties, Sampath has been a failure to his family and has embarrassed them in more than one way. But suddenly, Sampath climbs into a guava tree and becomes a holy man for the people of his town, and of course his father capitalizes on his success.
I just could not get into this book to save my life! It was slow going and the characters were just really odd. Sampath's mother was a very strange character, who loves to cook, but can't find anything to satisfy her appetite. His sister is a pretty strange character, too. There are certain parts that made me laugh out loud, just because it was so out there. And the ending was just so bizarre that I couldn't wrap my head around it.
For learning parts of India's culture, I did like this book. I just couldn't get into the story. Overall, I would give this book a 2.5 out of 5.
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