The Illicit Happiness of Other People: A Novel

4.07 avg rating
( 3,630 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780393338621: The Illicit Happiness of Other People: A Novel
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

A quirky and darkly comic take on domestic life in southern India.

Ousep Chacko, journalist and failed novelist, prides himself on being “the last of the real men.” This includes waking neighbors upon returning late from the pub. His wife Mariamma stretches their money, raises their two boys, and, in her spare time, gleefully fantasizes about Ousep dying. One day, their seemingly happy seventeen-year-old son Unni―an obsessed comic-book artist―falls from the balcony, leaving them to wonder whether it was an accident. Three years later, Ousep receives a package that sends him searching for the answer, hounding his son’s former friends, attending a cartoonists’ meeting, and even accosting a famous neurosurgeon. Meanwhile, younger son Thoma, missing his brother, falls head over heels for the much older girl who befriended them both. Haughty and beautiful, she has her own secrets. The Illicit Happiness of Other People―a smart, wry, and poignant novel―teases you with its mystery, philosophy, and unlikely love story.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Manu Joseph, who lives in New Delhi, is a columnist for the International Herald Tribune. His first novel, Serious Men, won the PEN/Open Book Award and was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize.

Review:

“Starred review. Joseph writes with extraordinary wit, cunning and sympathy about both family relationships and ultimate mysteries.”
- Kirkus Reviews

“The novel is an admirable blend of plot and ideas, of a story that reads like a mystery but also of the kind of philosophical and social observations that are worth pausing for and underlining. ...Indeed, with Happiness, Joseph has made a convincing case for exploring the depths of joy the way so many of his predecessors have plunged into melancholy.”
- Jaime Netzer, Kirkus Reviews

“...Joseph’s prose is exquisitely phrased without an excess of sentimentality... the confident, immersing voice of Illicit Happiness promises readers this is not the last we’ve heard of Manu Joseph.”
- The Telegraph (UK)

“Wonderful... The Illicit Happiness of Other People...injects dark, rueful laughter into an immensely touching story of loss.”
- Wall Street Journal

The Illicit Happiness of Other People is ambitious. It is the story of a family getting to know itself, of a socialist India that no longer exists and of a society obsessed with grades. It is a plot-driven yarn with themes of morality, sexuality, psychiatry and yet more science and philosophy.... But it does not feel overburdened.... Quite an achievement.”
- The Economist

The Illicit Happiness of Other People is both a terribly funny and deeply sad story.... Beautifully written.... Manu Joseph perfectly captures his characters in his precise, sharp prose.”
- Ariel Balter, New York Journal of Books

“Ingeniously constructed.... [Joseph is] using his witty, incisive writing to explore the great philosophical questions of happiness and life.”
- Manil Suri, author of The City of Devi

“Joseph’s smart new novel is laced with black humor and keen observations on human nature... Joseph’s rich characters intersect in moments of tenderness.”
- Publishers Weekly

“Sublime.... Joseph’s witty narrative adds depth and vigor to the Chacko family’s tale and assuredly explores the complexity of self-perception amid present-day life.”
- Leah Strauss, Booklist

“Fusing ribald farce with poignant drama... Joseph deftly rotates narrative points of view... [and] embellishes each strand with vibrant dabs of local color... that help showcase India in all its sublime and absurd glory.... Wild, irreverent and blackly comic.”
- Malcolm Forbes, Star Tribune

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781848549012: The Illicit Happiness of Other People: A Darkly Comic Novel Set in Modern India

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  1848549016 ISBN 13:  9781848549012
Publisher: Hodder, 2013
Softcover

9781848543096: The Illicit Happiness of Other People: A Darkly Comic Novel Set in Modern India

John M..., 2012
Hardcover

9789351361763: Harper India The Illicit Happiness Of Other People

Harper..., 2014
Softcover

9789350293645: The Illicit Happiness of Other People : Noval

Harper..., 2012
Hardcover

9781443416375: The Illicit Happiness Of Other People

Harper..., 2013
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Joseph, Manu
ISBN 10: 0393338622 ISBN 13: 9780393338621
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2013. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # KB-9780393338621

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 8.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Manu Joseph
Published by WW Norton Publishers
ISBN 10: 0393338622 ISBN 13: 9780393338621
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description WW Norton Publishers. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 0393338622

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 9.27
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Joseph, Manu
ISBN 10: 0393338622 ISBN 13: 9780393338621
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2013. PAP. Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IB-9780393338621

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 9.48
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Manu Joseph
Published by WW Norton Co, United States (2013)
ISBN 10: 0393338622 ISBN 13: 9780393338621
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description WW Norton Co, United States, 2013. Paperback. Condition: New. New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Ousep Chacko, journalist and failed novelist, prides himself on being the last of the real men. This includes waking neighbors upon returning late from the pub. His wife Mariamma stretches their money, raises their two boys, and, in her spare time, gleefully fantasizes about Ousep dying. One day, their seemingly happy seventeen-year-old son Unni-an obsessed comic-book artist-falls from the balcony, leaving them to wonder whether it was an accident. Three years later, Ousep receives a package that sends him searching for the answer, hounding his son s former friends, attending a cartoonists meeting, and even accosting a famous neurosurgeon. Meanwhile, younger son Thoma, missing his brother, falls head over heels for the much older girl who befriended them both. Haughty and beautiful, she has her own secrets. The Illicit Happiness of Other People-a smart, wry, and poignant novel-teases you with its mystery, philosophy, and unlikely love story. Seller Inventory # AAS9780393338621

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.48
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Manu Joseph
Published by WW Norton Co, United States (2013)
ISBN 10: 0393338622 ISBN 13: 9780393338621
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description WW Norton Co, United States, 2013. Paperback. Condition: New. New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Ousep Chacko, journalist and failed novelist, prides himself on being the last of the real men. This includes waking neighbors upon returning late from the pub. His wife Mariamma stretches their money, raises their two boys, and, in her spare time, gleefully fantasizes about Ousep dying. One day, their seemingly happy seventeen-year-old son Unni-an obsessed comic-book artist-falls from the balcony, leaving them to wonder whether it was an accident. Three years later, Ousep receives a package that sends him searching for the answer, hounding his son s former friends, attending a cartoonists meeting, and even accosting a famous neurosurgeon. Meanwhile, younger son Thoma, missing his brother, falls head over heels for the much older girl who befriended them both. Haughty and beautiful, she has her own secrets. The Illicit Happiness of Other People-a smart, wry, and poignant novel-teases you with its mystery, philosophy, and unlikely love story. Seller Inventory # AAS9780393338621

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Joseph, Manu
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 0393338622 ISBN 13: 9780393338621
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0393338622 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Seller Inventory # SWATI2132375928

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.26
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Joseph, Manu
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 0393338622 ISBN 13: 9780393338621
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Booklot COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0393338622. Seller Inventory # Z0393338622ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.35
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Joseph, Manu
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 0393338622 ISBN 13: 9780393338621
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Mega Buzz
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0393338622. Seller Inventory # Z0393338622ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.35
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Joseph, Manu
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 0393338622 ISBN 13: 9780393338621
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Best Bates
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0393338622. Seller Inventory # Z0393338622ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.35
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Joseph, Manu
Published by W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 0393338622 ISBN 13: 9780393338621
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bookhouse COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description W. W. Norton & Company. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0393338622. Seller Inventory # Z0393338622ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 15.35
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book