He is sent to the remote town of Madna to learn the job. August himself has just landed a prize government job. He is unhappy, and lends this unhappiness the credence it warrants. The ending, with a superbly befitting quote from Marcus Aurelius, can be read many times without losing the pleasure in doing so.
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Agastya never knew why, 'How old are you, sir?
But I suppose one has to live. Though the story has been written some twenty years ago, it is still relevant today as gives a snapshot of that reality which countless millions live in this country every day because of chatterjeee apathy of senior government officials. Agastya finds his relief in three things: As a whole a Dull. Written just seven years after "Midnight's Children", the novel achieves a feat in not trying to ape the stupendous, but language-dependent, humour of Rushdie.
The novel is helmed by a cast of eclectic characters: View all 19 comments.
Like a book on drug abuse or something. Similar Items Related Zugust Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. Feb 27, Mary Mahoney rated it it was ok. It was rude and the lead was just an ordinary guy. The language is consistently top-class 2. Out there in Madna quite a few people are going to ask you what you're doing in the Administrative Service.
Books by Upamanyu Chatterjee. Oct 05, R K added it.
How better to construct a backdrop for Sen's long hot days of locking himself in his stifling room, smok while possibly the most brilliant book I've encountered about bureaucracy, this novel crashes and burns around pagesadly dragging out it's swan song for another pages. There he finds himself surrounded by incompetents and cranks, time wasters, bureaucrats and crazies. I finally did read it and was amazed at how fresh and timeless auguts Upamanyu Chatterjee book still feels.
English, August : an Indian story
There were many instances where I could easily picture the scenes in the book because it was all so familiar, it is a very Indian story. Agastya Sen 'August' to his school friends is twenty-four when he drifts into the Indian Administrative Service, mostly because he can't think of anything else he wants to do. Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours.
He presents a satirical and humorous view of the way things function. I was blinded by all the great reviews in Good reads.
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Scenes of how files keep piling up in government offices and how some top bureaucrats deliberately make it a point to reach public functions late and make everyone wait to underline their superiority, is bang on. Mar 20, Tuck rated it really liked it. Want to Read saving…. The E-mail Address es field is required.
What light was he showing to Agastya, the young conqueror of the Indian Administrative Service IAS as we call itarguably the creamiest cadre one can land in this country? He sugust us to an array of characters who are not too far from the kind of people one could encounter in real life. The time period in which the book is set adds to the mood of it all. He's struck by the laidback cjatterjee of the administrative community, trying to battle with the trying conditions of the place.
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