Sunday, June 17, 2007

THE INSCRUTABLE AMERICANS - Anurag Mathur (5/10)

What the back cover says...

"Anurag Mathur... is the toast of India's capital.... (His) tale of a subcontinental bumpkin at sea in the American heartland has struck a chord with Indian intellectuals..."
Indian Herald Tribune

The author brings us face to face with the US from a delightfully new angle. A highly readable book, it is funny, thoughtful, and astute in equal measure. This tale of a subcontinent bumpkin at sea in the American heartland strikes a chord with Indian intellectuals.
Business India

My Review

There is nothing impressive about this book. The story is about a guy called Gopal who goes to America for his further studies and spends one year on a small university campus. He comes from a small village in Madhya Pradesh and is totally unaware of the lifestyle of people in America. He is very naive and doesnot speak proper English. The book is all about how an innocent Indian lives his life amidst the weird yet not so inscrutable americans.

The story is cliched and has no proper track. The sense of humour is not that great and is filled with obvious PJs. The book reveals nothing new about the americans. It shows the same typical beer bottles, bars, girls and sex only life of an american. The book is very predictable and gets very boring. That character is very fictional too as no person going from India to US can be so innocent and naive. I dont think any person with such comic english can clear SAT/GRE/TOEFL in the first place and get an admission in US.

5 comments:

Dinesh said...

You could also consider:

1)Life of Pi
2)Catcher in the rye
3)Swami and friends
4)The english teacher
5)Anything by James Herriot

It was nice to see that someone had the exact same views on the books mentioned :-). I went through your other blog too, it brought back fond memories of my engineering days.

Keep up the good work, you write very down to earth, no nonsense reviews.

Anonymous said...

"The book reveals nothing new about the americans. It shows the same typical beer bottles, bars, girls and sex only life of an american."

Wow, I don't know what to say about that.


Draconus

Savita said...

@draconus...

Well... thats what I see in the movies.. :P

Anonymous said...

What you see in the movies is not how american life is, Savi. A lot of Americans work hard and don't drink beer at all. And many of them are not so different from you. Though there is no caste system here.


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Savita said...

My apologies... Movies and books are only ones which gives me an insight into the american life... or Maybe I watched all the wrong ones :)

"many of them are not so different from you. Though there is no caste system here." In what context??