Hullabalo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai

Hullaballo in the Guava Orchard is a goofy comedy built around a failed post office clerk who climbs into a tree and unexpectedly becomes a revered holy man. There’s a gallery of funny characters and glimpses of the corrupt Indian civil service (the postmaster uses his clerks to prepare for this daughter’s wedding, for instance) but nothing of much substance. Much lighter and easier to read than her Inheritance of Loss. Kind of a Carl Hiaasen in India (but without the fun ending.)

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