See if you have enough points for this item. As a child, Vijay Prabhu is bitten by a dog. From that point on, his troubles only increase: He tries to get Jackie Kennedy on board having given up on Jesus and the saints , but finds he must claw his way to America and manage his own quest to lose his virginity. Described as an insight into the Indian male mind, it was an Indian bestseller published by Penguin India; thereafter, it was published in the UK, Austria, Italy, the U.
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Pitfalls of Young Love. Author of The Revised Kama Sutra; A Novel and other books of essays, cultural and political critiques, autobiography, humor, and satire. Richard Crasta's life, which began in Bangalore, India, was shaped by the Catholic nuns and priests of Mangalore, and currently hovers around New York, Bangalore, and various Southeast Asian cities where he has been working on two novels and two nonfiction books , is an unusual chapter in the cockeyed, multicultural saga that is Indian history. The Revised Kama Sutra could be the story of your life. Its approach to sex is warm, sensitive and very, very funny.
Indefatigable good humor transcends the personal to stand for the contradictions of India as a whole. Three missing young women. This will have you on the edge of your seat till the thrilling end. Letters From a Patchwork Quilt. Forced apart by the church. Separated by an ocean. Can their love survive? A classic Victorian saga of love and loss. A magical love story about destiny, family, healing, history, small town secrets, food, and men in kilts.
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From there, Vijay's story becomes a search for meaning in a godless material world. To borrow a bit from a perceptive previous review, Revised Kama Sutra is an exuberant Catcher In The Rye, a South Indian Confederacy of Dunces, spiced with the author's indefatigable love of hilarious word play. So far, so good. You might want to read it.
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But if I add it's a story about obsession with sex not that Vijay gets much , will you change your mind? It's the gut-busting hilarity of Vijay's quest to lose his virginity that keeps the story moving. We are all obsessed.
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The difference between most of us and Vijay is that we hide away our obsessions or sublimate them under something more suitable for public viewing. So there it is. That's what the book's about. But good stories usually have something more. A Western reader learns: Revised Kama Sutra is not your standard novel by a long shot.
For those who want to avoid such things, there are sections in which it is x-rated in content and vocabulary. But, ultimately and thankfully, this story is uplifting and powerful at the end when the author realizes, in spite of himself, there must be something more.
I must say that I found the title somewhat misleading -- at first -- but after reading the book I realized that the author was really narrating the dynamics of sex -- or the search for it -- in India. The following paragraph is all-enclosing: I believed in the stereotypical notion that India lived under one big sex bash.
After reading this novel I have revised my trans-cultural knowledge. Crasta did send me quite frequently to my Kindle's handy dictionary, which is something I generally like. Nothing like building up my vocabulary as I read a story. Just one comment off my head: I'm from Panama, and I find that Vijay Prabhu's complaints made me recall quite a few situations in my Jesuit Catholic school upbringing.
This is a serious book, though written with sarcastic wit. The plot of this book is more than just the trials and tribulations of a South Indian entangled in the mesh of cultural conflict.