Book review: The illicit happiness of other people
The illicit happiness of other people
Seventeen-year-old Unni Chacko has done something terrible. The only clue to his action lies in a comic strip he has drawn, which has fallen in the hands of father Ousep, an anarchist. Ousep begins investigating the extraordinary life of his son, blissfully aware that his long-suffering wife is trying to kill him.
Set in Madras (now Chennai) in 1990, this is a darkly comic story involving the relentless pursuit of a failed writer who has found a purpose, an adolescent cartoonist's interpretation of truth, the plots of a brilliant housewife and the pure love of a 12-year-old boy for a beautiful girl.