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Mr. Chawla's frustration comes to a head when Sampath loses his menial job at the post office after performing an impromptu cross-dressing strip-tease at his boss's daughter's wedding. Confined to the house in disgrace, Sampath runs away from home and takes refuge in the branches of a guava tree in an abandoned orchard outside of town. At first family and townsfolk think he's mad, but in an inspired moment of self-preservation Sampath, who had spent his time in the post office reading other people's mail, reveals some choice secrets about his persecutors and convinces them that he is, in fact, clairvoyant. It isn't long before Mr. Chawla sees the commercial possibilities of having a holy man in the family, and pretty soon the guava orchard has become the latest stop along the spiritual tourism trail.
Take one holy man in a guava tree, add a venal father, a food-obsessed mother and a younger sister in love with the Hungry Hop Kwality Ice Cream boy and you've got a recipe for delicious comedy. Mix in a rioting band of alcoholic monkeys, a journalist determined to expose Sampath as a fraud, an unholy trio of hypochondriac district medical officer, army general and university professor, all determined to solve the monkey problem, and you've got a real hullabaloo. Kiran Desai's delirious tale of love, faith, and family relationships is funny, smartly written, and reminiscent of other works by Indian authors writing in English such as Salman Rushdie's The Moor's Last Sigh, Banerjee Divakaruni's The Mistress of Spices and Shashi Tharoor's Show Business. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Purchased for a World Lit course and while I didn't really enjoy it, it was still very bearable to read.Published 4 months ago by Heather
I bought this book after purchasing "The Inheritance of Loss" by the same author. I liked it, but not as much as the first one.Published 7 months ago by Linda Solway
After all I heard about this book I was disappointed. Like a school report I feel I have to say about the author: "Could have done better'!!! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mrs. Kandy N. Smith
This is a wonderful little book. I've recommended it to all my friends. This book reads like a folk tale. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Alfred R. Marzian
I loved this book, its a very well written and an amusing story which gives a great glimpse into daily Indian life.Published 17 months ago by Irishrom
Hullabaloo is very entertaining with its cast of offbeat characters and their adventures in this tiny village where everybody knows everybody else's business especially the main... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Marta
I simply cannot praise it highly enough. Ilove kiran desai and have recommended this book to many readers. It is certainly a retelling of The baron in the trees by calvino.Published 23 months ago by annie kelly
Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard is the first novel by Kiran Desai. In the town of Shahkot, in the shadow of the Himalayan foothills, lives Sampath Chawla, a bored, dreamy Post... Read morePublished on April 25, 2012 by Cloggie Downunder
Everything I want in a book: engaging characters, a bit of a plot, a little fun, a tiny bit of underlying seriousness. Read morePublished on March 14, 2012 by Debnance at Readerbuzz