Serious Men

Serious Men

Book - 2010
Average Rating:
2
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
Ayyan Mani, a member of India's lowest caste and resident of the slums of Mubmai, discovers an illicit romance between his married boss and a married female researcher at the institute where he works. Original.

Norton Pub
A poignant, bitingly funny Indian satire and love story set in a scientific institute and in Mumbai’s humid tenements.
Ayyan Mani will not be constrained by Indian traditions. Despite working at the Institute of Theory and Research in Mumbai as the lowly personal assistant to a brilliant but insufferable astronomer, he dreams of more for himself and his family.Ever wily and ambitious, Ayyan weaves two plots: the first to cheer up his weary, soap-opera-addicted wife by creating outrageous fictions around their ten-year-old son; the other to sabotage the married director by using his boss’s seeming romance with the institute’s first female—and very attractive—researcher. Meanwhile, as the institute’s Brahmins wage a vicious war over theories about alien life, Ayyan sees his deceptions intertwining and setting in motion a series of extraordinary events he cannot stop. Unfailingly funny and irreverent, Serious Men is at once a hilarious portrayal of runaway egos and ambitions and a moving portrait of love and its strange workings.One of 2010’s “First Novels to Savor.” —Sunday Telegraph

Blackwell Publishing
Ayyan Mani will not be constrained by Indian traditions. Despite working at the Institute of Theory and Research in Mumbai as the lowly personal assistant to a brilliant but insufferable astronomer, he dreams of more for himself and his family.

Ever wily and ambitious, Ayyan weaves two plots: the first to cheer up his weary, soap-opera-addicted wife by creating outrageous fictions around their ten-year-old son; the other to sabotage the married director by using his boss's seeming romance with the institute's first female---and very attractive---researcher. Meanwhile, as the institute's Brahmins wage a vicious war over theories about alien life, Ayyan sees his deceptions interwining and setting in motion a series of extraordinary events he cannot stop. Unfailingly funny and irreverent, Serious Men is at once a hilarious portrayal of runaway egos and ambitions and a moving portrait of love and its strange workings.

Baker
& Taylor

Ayyan Mani, a member of India's lowest caste and resident of the slums of Mumbai, discovers an illicit romance between his married boss and a married female researcher at the institute where he works.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2010
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780393338591
0393338592
Branch Call Number: Fiction Joseph
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 21 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

d
Dub
May 26, 2017

An interesting, revealing satire of 'serious men' and their serious thoughts...while the author pokes them in the eye.

v
velowallah
Nov 11, 2011

What a fantastic read! Delightful and creative writing, insightful social observations on caste struggle and many hilarious moments. It made me think of a Douglas Coupland/Aravind Adiga hybrid, with a light dose of Star Trekky science discussions. I can't wait for Manu Joseph to write his second book!

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at PCPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top