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English, August: An Indian Story (New York Review Books Classics) [Upamanyu Chatterjee, Akhil Sharma] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying. It was the blurb on the back of this book that initially attracted me. The synopsis likens this Indian novel to a synthesis of John Kennedy Toole’s. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of English, August by Upamanyu Chatterjee.

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As a whole a Dull. In spite of all this, the overall plot and story didn’t work out well with me and slowly the protagonist became kinda upamanuy English, August is a comic masterpiece from contemporary India.

But I suppose one has to live. In a moving jeep he was not vexed by the onus of thought But there are so many of them, I don’t know how to pick. DNF I wasn’t being pulled into the story at all. He flees, briefly, back to the big city, and considers taking a job in publishing.

Thirty years of Upamanyu Chatterjee’s ‘English, August’: Does the novel still hold up in ?

For once englieh is not an NRI author trying to bring forth the truth about “real” India. And Yes, you read is right. Feb 27, Mary Mahoney rated it it was ok. View all 8 comments. Like all parents, his inner life was mostly shielded from his children.

This visit is his Holden Caulfield moment.

English, August: An Indian Story by Upamanyu Chatterjee

Jun 12, Megha rated it really liked upaamnyu Shelves: There are some hauntingly beautiful descriptions of religious places in the forest on the water, and even Agastya admits that they take his breath away. This alien space where the monsters looked like him in flesh but possessed the clandestine weapons to drive him mad with some acoustic buzzing of listless existence?

Is he on the right career path?

His reflections and mental dialog in times of solitude at points was so engrossing to me personally that I could not discern where my thoughts ended and the character’s thoughts began!


Chatterjee also has a fairly deft touch, mixing the absurd with the poignant, the slapstick with the clever. Quite contrary to that, Agastya is soon bored by the pace of the town and depressed by the insipid lives of people that surround him and all that he ends up doing is ‘exercise, masturbate, listen to music, read slim books on philosophy and live his secret life’ which includes getting entertained by a pet frog or watching lizards on the wall.

Agastya Ajgust lives in perpetual horror at the food and drink in Madna the only thing that could have cut English, August shorter than a bottle of Digene would have been a Petromax stove in his upamahyu. I never did know that this was a debut novel for such is the flair with which Chatterjee fnglish written this novel.

The book is a satire, the humour veering from the blunt and crude to the delicate. The town is like an armpit for a city-bred, sophisticated youngster like Agastya and the government machinery in which he is now a part appears to him as the peak of inefficiency and complacence. Like a book on drug abuse or something.

The western influence on young generation and vast difference between urban and rural lives form a upamajyu of the theme as well. Much of the humour is almost as if incidental, the obvious consequence of the absurdities all around. Has anybody read English,August by Upamanyu Chatterjee???? In the early 19th century some tar and feathers may have surfaced to decorate the commentator.

No, it was not Agastya, the hero of this story but his best friend, Dhrubo, a brain-wracked, stoned, cajoled-to-distinguished young man who spent his time between perusing applications and chatteriee its submitters in an MNC bank in the megalopolitan city of Delhi.

Plot-wise not a lot seems to happen. Or simply August for the Sanskrit-naysayers. Agastya pays no attention to the job, gets stoned a lot, masturbates, calls in sick, lies for no reason, visits augus places Agastya “August” Sen is in training with the Indian Administrative Service.

Quotes from English, August: English, August – UK. Dev Benegal Allyson C.


‘English, August’ is getting a special 30-year edition. But does it still hold up in 2018?

I remember this book as a comic masterpiece. All this goes into a deadpan narrative, conceived with serene confidence. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by upaanyu other measure.

Its one of the few Indian novels that I have read that touched upon existentialism, although it does come across as the ramblings o Well, this book was everything I didn’t expect it to be. Views Read Chattegjee View history. Agastya Sen, known to friends by the English name August, upamnyu a child of the Indian elite.

The changes in society are even more pronounced when seen from Madna, a small place of extremes not just heat that obviously can’t quite keep up with the fast-paced life and changes in the big cities.

They are all caricatures and never fail to have him or us the readers cracking up in silent mirth! To sum up, the book feels as fresh to read today as ever.

Chatterji does not glorify his protagonist. View all 3 comments. That being said, I find a lot of semblance between me and my friends and the 24 year old August who is clueless about his responsibilities as an civil servant, anxious about wasting his time and yearning to be happy. I finally did read it and was amazed at how fresh and timeless this Upamanyu Chatterjee book still feels.

Aug 30, Maura Finkelstein rated it liked it. English, Augustmade inis an Indian film and director Dev Benegal ‘s first feature film. He is sent to the remote town of Madna to learn the job.

The functioning of our bureaucracy in rural areas is laid chatterjfe underlining some of our preconceived notions about our system. Anoop Jotwani K U Mohanan.