Serious Men

Serious Men

[a Novel]

Book - 2010
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Ayyan Mani will not be constrained by Indian traditions. Despite working at the Institute of Theory and Research in Mumbai as the lowly personal assistant to a brilliant but insufferable astronomer, he dreams of more for himself and his family.Ever wily and ambitious, Ayyan weaves two plots: the first to cheer up his weary, soap-opera-addicted wife by creating outrageous fictions around their ten-year-old son; the other to sabotage the married director by using his boss's seeming romance with the institute's first female--and very attractive--researcher. Meanwhile, as the institute's Brahmins wage a vicious war over theories about alien life, Ayyan sees his deceptions intertwining and setting in motion a series of extraordinary events he cannot stop. Unfailingly funny and irreverent, Serious Men is at once a hilarious portrayal of runaway egos and ambitions and a moving portrait of love and its strange workings.One of 2010's "First Novels to Savor." --Sunday Telegraph
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2010
ISBN: 9780393338591
Branch Call Number: JOSEP
Characteristics: 310 p


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May 26, 2017

An interesting, revealing satire of 'serious men' and their serious thoughts...while the author pokes them in the eye.

Nov 11, 2011

What a fantastic read! Delightful and creative writing, insightful social observations on caste struggle and many hilarious moments. It made me think of a Douglas Coupland/Aravind Adiga hybrid, with a light dose of Star Trekky science discussions. I can't wait for Manu Joseph to write his second book!

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