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English, August by Upamanyu Chatterjee
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Apr 04, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: must-read-again

"We are men without ambition, and all we want is to be left alone, in peace so that we can try and be happy. So few people will understand this simplicity."

I read this when I was 19/20 and knew nothing about the real world but declared it one of my favourite books anyway. Now I realise that sometime in my immediate future, I will find a time machine and send this novel back to my younger self as a warning about the horrors of the working world and of what time & tedium will do to you. Of course she will not recognise the warning for what it is and squander years of her life studying too much and working soul-sucking jobs and will someday spend a Wednesday afternoon telling a website that this book was prophetic. On too many levels.
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“We are men without ambition, and all we want is to be left alone, in peace so that we can try and be happy. So few people will understand this simplicity.”
Upamanyu Chatterjee, English, August: An Indian Story


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