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Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard Book Review Summary

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This is a hliarious book set in a remote part of the north of India, south of the Himalayas. The book starts with an unbearably hot summer where the people in the town of Shahkot are dying for the monsoon rains to start. The suffering, irritations and frustrations this waiting brings on are described in humorous detail.

Then the story is set to usher in the birth of Sampat. As he grows inside his mother Kulfi, she feels a strange sort of craving hunger. She crosses the threshhold into an obsession, scouring the hills and mountains for herbs, vegetation and animals to cook.

The main part of the book is concerned with Sampat's dislike of the business of living around people with expectations of him and making a living. He wants to escape all this and the boring job his father has secured for him at the post office as a clerk. He escapes one day and makes himself a home on a tree in a guava orchard at the foothills of the mountains. Unfortunately the world follows him. People flock to him. They dub him a wise man and listen to him. The monkeys that have been plaguing the town of Shahkot also flock to him to share the food offerings that are made to him on a daily basis.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Inside culture (main char)    -   Indian (Ghandi, not Sitting Bull) Culture clash?    -   family young v. old guard Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Outside culture (society)    -   Indian from India If story of urban/rural...    -   Small town life Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   blue collar Age:    -   20's-30's Has magical powers?    -   Yes Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Indian Indian

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   10 () Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing with ropes Forest?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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