Reading ➿ The Illicit Happiness of Other People Author Manu Joseph – Thegreatwallonline.us

The Illicit Happiness of Other People Ousep Chacko, Journalist And Failed Novelist, Prides Himself On Being The Last Of The Real Men This Includes Waking Neighbors Upon Returning Late From The Pub His Wife Mariamma Stretches Their Money, Raises Their Two Boys, And, In Her Spare Time, Gleefully Fantasizes About Ousep Dying One Day, Their Seemingly Happy Seventeen Year Old Son Unni An Obsessed Comic Book Artist Falls From The Balcony, Leaving Them To Wonder Whether It Was An Accident Three Years Later, Ousep Receives A Package That Sends Him Searching For The Answer, Hounding His Son S Former Friends, Attending A Cartoonists Meeting, And Even Accosting A Famous Neurosurgeon Meanwhile, Younger Son Thoma, Missing His Brother, Falls Head Over Heels For The Much Older Girl Who Befriended Them Both Haughty And Beautiful, She Has Her Own Secrets The Illicit Happiness Of Other People A Smart, Wry, And Poignant Novel Teases You With Its Mystery, Philosophy, And Unlikely Love Story.

Reading ➿ The Illicit Happiness of Other People  Author Manu Joseph – Thegreatwallonline.us
  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • The Illicit Happiness of Other People
  • Manu Joseph
  • English
  • 01 December 2018
  • 0393338622

10 thoughts on “The Illicit Happiness of Other People


  1. says:

    I WROTE AN EIGHT PARAGRAPH REVIEW, MY INTERNET BOMBED, AND GOODREADS WON T EVEN HAVE THE DRAFT SAVED, I WONT SPEND PRECIOUS TIME REWRITING THE REVIEW, BUT I WANT TO SAY THAT I HATE YOU GOODREADS, I HATE YOU


  2. says:

    The one in search of happiness fades away in the sentiment of shame.The girl left behind with his dreams struggles to make peace with the event.The one who wants to unwind the truth refuses the realty.The one who is the origin of all, the mother, sits back as the moving force for all the events but remains passive herself It is about drawing happiness out of the forbidden corners of mental inabilities, camouflaged feelings of sensuality and attempts to draw an acceptable image of unacceptable p The one in search of happiness fades away in the sentiment of shame.The girl left behind with his dreams struggles to make peace with the event.The one who wants to unwind the truth refuses the realty.The one who is the origin of all, the mother, sits back as the moving force for all the events but remains passive herself It is about drawing happiness out of the forbidden corners of mental inabilities, camouflaged feelings of sensuality and attempts to draw an acceptable image of unacceptable past.It is about those other people who don t even recognize there life altering impact on the people they passed through Their happiness is the truth Rest all around it is an attempt to indulge in the depths of ones own understanding in a vain effort to find its reasons.The author seems to be laughing at reader as one progresses through the story Why would one read all the idiotic philosophy the boy seems to have discover...


  3. says:

    Unni, what an idiot you turned out to be, thinks Mythili Balasubramaniam, and as the book unfolds to reveal the character of Unni Chacko, we think the same.Manu Joseph has written a spectacular novel, one of those things that stay in your head years after you read it, and splinters from which you will use in conversation decades later The story of a dysfunctional Malayali family in 1987 Madras, the novel is unputdownable.Ousep Chacko carries the story along, and his flawed, disturbed character Unni, what an idiot you turned out to be, thinks Mythili Balasubramaniam, and as the book unfolds to reveal the character of Unni Chacko, we think the same.Manu Joseph has written a spectacular novel, one of those things that stay in your head years after you read it, and splinters from which you will use in conversation decades later The story of a dysfunctional Malayali family in 1987 Madras, the novel is unputdownable.Ousep Chacko carries the story along, and his flawed, disturbed character is absolutely mesmerizing But the figure that matters the most, of course, is Unni, and his presence in the book, though only physical when memories are being shared, is a...


  4. says:

    Reading this book, Manu Joseph seems at once a discovery and an old friend for Indian writing in English He has a witty style, adding meticulously observed details that make it unputdownable But I found that all the characters towards the end had Ousep s or Unni s narrative style,or less So, as the extra ordinary became plausible, the characters themselves started to evaporate into one homogenous personality This even made me re think the plot Maybe there is really only one boy, Unni Reading this book, Manu Joseph seems at once a discovery and an old friend for Indian writing in English He has a witty style, adding meticulously observed details that make it unputdownable But I found that all the charac...


  5. says:

    Rare combination of creative complex ideas entwined within a very simple plot A curious father trying to unearth the reason for his son s suicide This is how people resolve suicides by considering it a consequence of unbearable grief or by manufacturing motives Or through the inordinate importance given to the final note of the dead, which is usually only a confused half truth Take a bow Manu Joseph, for giving us superb characters especially Unni Chacko What a brilliant character in Rare combination of creative complex ideas entwined within a very simple plot A curious father trying to unearth the reason for ...


  6. says:

    I knew it It couldn t have been just me There must be others Others, like me, painted simpletons aggregated within the ambiguous definition by media as world s second largest population who have a story to tell, observations to make and analysis to provide about our ilk I knew it I knew it every time I read the uber rich desis educated in foreign colleges living in a developed country somewhere writing about the dust and smell of India , I knew it when I read depressingly bad quality boo I knew it It couldn t have been just me There must be others Others, like me, painted simpletons aggregated within the ambiguous definition by media as world s second largest population who have a story to tell, observations to make and analysis to provide about our ilk I knew it I knew it every time I read the uber rich desis educated in foreign colleges living in a developed country somewhere writing ab...


  7. says:

    A great start to my 2015 Indian Book challenge This was one book that I relished from beginning to end It was so different, so eccentric and full of dark humor and satire, with eccentric and individualistic characters The narration mesmerized me, made me contemplate a rare feat , and I almost became a part of the folie a deux The plot revolves around the suicide of Unni Chacko, a 17 year old precocious thinker, who leaves behind a grieving younger brother Thoma, perhaps the most sane chara A great start to my 2015 Indian Book challenge This was one book that I relished from beginning to end It was so different, so eccentric and full of dark humo...


  8. says:

    This book made me write my first ever review on Goodreads The book is about a father s quest to know why his son did what he did Each character had its own story which was beautifully woven in the plot Full of dark humor and satire.


  9. says:

    Ousep Chacko, according to Mariamma Chacko, is the kind of man who has to be killed at the end of a story But he knows that she is not very sure about this sometimes, especially in the mornings That was a solid opening to this tale Couldn t have expected for a better opening The thing I ve realized about Manu Joseph s storytelling he is exceptionally good at drawing the reader s attention He belongs to the league of amazing authors who are remarkable at introducing the characters, addingOusep Chacko, according to Mariamma Chacko, is the kind of man who has to be killed at the end of a story But he knows that she is not very sure about this sometimes, especially in the mornings That was a solid opening to this tale Couldn t have expected for a better opening The thing I ve realized about Manu Joseph s storytelling he is excepti...


  10. says:

    The first few pages were sort of depressing or too cynical for me and I wasn t sure of my choice But it was a unputdownable read for me and I completed it with very few breaks, the longest one being at about 94% when I had to force shut my eyes and sleep The setting was familiar, the place and the schooling at 90s It was a nostalgic read bringing back memories of a few drunken neighbours of the likes of Ousep, two suicides, the entrance exam preparations, the political climate of the city the The first few pages were sort of depressing or too cynical for me and I wasn t sure of my choice But it was a unputdownable read for me and I completed it with very few breaks, the longest one being at about 94% when I had to force shut my eyes and sleep The ...

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