High on life

By JULIA HANNA  |  April 20, 2006

If this sounds dull, it’s not. In place of a clear-cut plot and resolution, Chatterjee offers something much more satisfying: a funny, intimate portrait of one person puzzling over his place in the world. An author bio notes that Chatterjee based English, August on his own experiences in the IAS, where he still works 25 years later. Like Agastya, who comes to recognize that “the only movement seemed an onward, camel’s-back undulation,” Chatterjee seems to have found a mode of conveyance that combines elements of the grotesque with grace.

Upamanyu Chatterjee | April 26, 6:30 pm | Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 800.542.READ
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