Wildly funny and wonderfully bizarre, All About H. Hatterr is one of the most perfectly eccentric and strangely absorbing works modern English has produced. All About G.V. Desani remembers the author of All About H. Hatterr, etc. Included are many rare writing samples, links to many recent reviews and. Wildly funny and wonderfully bizarre, All About H. Hatterr is one of the most perfectly eccentric and strangely absorbing works modern English.

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Desani has been rightful hailed as the grandfather of the “global novel” — and thank heavens to all subsequent literature. Paradox thus becomes the central paradigm for the work, its genesis, the author and the protagonist, and permeates the linguistic texture as well. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Now it is available on Amazon.

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Hatterrpoints out that G. He chats affectionately and at length with his friend Bannerji, a charming Indian anglophile. I was so grateful that I decided to repay his kindness by getting him a new copy but managed to find a good condition second HB after several trips to Charing Cross Road. Hali’s life — like everybody’s — is a daily dialog with Death There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

How abput author does this it is impossible to say. It was hawked around, three copies please, and finally kept by a very kind person. His range of reference, both verbal and philosophical, is impressively wide, and he can quite feasibly mix Hatferr English with the vernacular of the old British Clubs, while also, as a not uncultivated feller, drawing on diverse languages and literatures from the continent of Europe and You Essay. Why did a feller like me commit matrimony with a femme fatale like Mrs H.


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Most of these encounters ends with him naked uatterr nearly so in some utterly compromising situation–perhaps the most entertaining of which involves a raw steak and a lion. RK Narayan, from when Swami and Friends was published to when Mr Sampath came out, had found an easy Indian English that still seems neither forced nor dated. Almost every sentence in this book is a masterpiece.

Another one of those less-often-read than it should be somewhat obscure classics. Desani throws references to literary works from every culture into this, with puns, foreign languages, linguistic gymnastics and outlandish scenes.

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He stands astride the two cultures, the Eastern and the Western, belonging to neither and therefore able to look at both with the incredulous eye of the outsider. This comic ‘autobiographical’ of a young, ne’er-do-well Anglo-Indian’s quest for enlightenment among seven sages is conveyed in a fantastically conceived style — an anti- Candid by way of Lewis Carroll and Groucho Marx. Beliram, legum virand published as an appendix. But while Govinda and the disciples chastise Giri-Giri and Hatterr for their sexual exploits, they are simultaneously complicit in said acts.

And most of those are ‘ Hobson-Jobson ‘ words like topi hatwhich would have been readily familiar to readers in I am honored and delighted to introduce a wonderfully heartening book to a new generation zbout readers. Hatterr is the son of a European merchant officer and a lady from Penang who has been raised and educated in missionary schools in Calcutta.

Hatterris not the easiest book to assess, but there is no need to offer any inducement. Hatterr is presently out of print everywhere, even in India. While the book’s language is a wonder, its storyline is not. I can’t think anybody who pays attention will miss that.

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The best parts of the book involve the hilarious dialogues between the narrator and his obsequiously deferential friend, Nath Banerrji. These seven tales gatterr various idiotic schemes for prosperity in love or hard specie that inevitably go awry.


Sir, we are literary agents, not y agents. I am seeking the sun-kissed Cotswolds and he is consigning me to the Boston deeps! Ought to be far better known. It was supposed to be hilarious, but I never got the joke. One of the reasons many people are afraid of this novel is its reputation for slang-ridden obscurity.

Hatterrconsidered one of the finest examples of literature in English and a novel that compares favourably with Joyce’s Ulysses. A revised version was broadcast by All India Radio in Hatterr on his wisdom-seeking quest, in which he encounters among other nuts the malaria-mad mystic Giri-Giri, a scheming sage who deals in used clothes, and Charlie, the steak-loving lion. English language writers from India barring Rushdie and maybe Amitav Ghosh can polish Desani’s shoes There is, however, immediate demand for novels, and the Author gives in.

All About H. Hatterr by G.V. Desani

Is youth a desirable age? So, what about All About? Backed the wrong filly, or, maybe, something the matter with me as create-or! The entire ‘holus-bolus’ richly merits a place on the same shelf as Hyman Kaplan, Mr. The journal htaterr critical and scholarly writings, interviews, book reviews on literatures and cultures from across the globe.

Author to Indian middle-man: Hagen in the Harvard Crimson wrote, “The glory of the book is its language