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Book Title: The Inscrutable Americans|
The author of the book: Anurag Mathur
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Reader ratings: 7.6
Edition: Rupa Publications India
Date of issue: December 1st 2012
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 464 KB
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It started off really well!
It was hilarious, I thought. The stereotypical cultural references to the average Indian upbringing were spot on. The letters written by Gopal- the protagonist- from the U.S to his brother in India are laugh out loud funny! Unnecessary capitalization of phrases like "Higher Studies" and "Revered Grandmother" are adorable as is his puzzlement with everything American.
Gopal-the-village-boy's innocence has been portrayed quite convincingly and his obsession with Jajau's Hair Oil Factory is hilarious. I can almost imagine him looking at the buildings of New York with wide-eyed wonder.
While he is bright and educated on the one hand, he is socially awkward and uninformed about social/cultural trends, on the other, which I found rather endearing. He manages to make a stripper fall for him and then refuses to cheat on her by looking at other strippers! :D Aww.
The problem with this book starts mid-way! It gets monotonous and the author tries too hard to hold the reader's attention. It is as though two different people have written the two halves of the book. It abruptly stops being funny and gets a little annoying. Too many details and an absolute lack of direction ruined my interest in Gopal's fate. I didn't care anymore because all Gopal wanted to do, for the next ninety pages or so was to get laid.
"Go die, Gopal! I want to move on to another book."
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Read information about the authorAnurag Mathur was born in New Delhi and educated at Scindia School (Gwalior), St. Stephen's College (Delhi), and the University of Tulsa (Oklahoma). He lived for three years in the U.S.A. before returning home to India to embark on a career in journalism and publishing. He now lives in New Delhi and contributes regularly to leading Indian magazines and newspapers. He is also the author of a travel guide called 22 Days in India.
A fanatical cricket player, he also plays tennis and enjoys travelling.
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