The Inscrutable Americans

The Inscrutable Americans

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by Anurag Mathur
     
 

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A hilarious and poignant novel about an Indian exchange student's year at a small American university
-- An engaging look at the clash of Indian culture and an America that is both harsh and exhilarating to a smart but naive foreigner

Gopal arrives in America from a small town in India prepared for study but decidedly unprepared for the cultural differences he

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A hilarious and poignant novel about an Indian exchange student's year at a small American university
-- An engaging look at the clash of Indian culture and an America that is both harsh and exhilarating to a smart but naive foreigner

Gopal arrives in America from a small town in India prepared for study but decidedly unprepared for the cultural differences he encounters. This delightful novel chronicles the religious, vegetarian Gopal's comic adventures and misadventures in the land of hot dogs, Coca-Cola, neon lights, and explicit advertising.

Gopal's frequent frustration with the language and his shocked reaction to certain curious American customs are amusing and pertinent. From his first rude encounter with an alarm clock that sends him ducking for cover to his blushing mishap with his appropriately named American friend Randy, Gopal's experiences prove to be a lesson for all on the often contradictory customs of America and Americans.

Through his battles with sometimes subtle racism, his own insecurity, and his family's directive that he will be severely judged should he dabble in America's enticements, Gopal retains a gentle dignity and surprising shrewdness, arousing the affection of friends, colleagues, teachers, and most of all, readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781577310242
Publisher:
New World Library
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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The Inscrutable Americans 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
GettheFacts More than 1 year ago
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a delight to read this book. Very funny and anyone who is coming to the US for the first time should read it. I had this book given to me as a gift and i have enjoyed it a lot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anurag Mathur presents a compelling mixture of innocence,culture shock and most importantly ,unabashed humour. The book serves as a whiff of fresh air ,one in which individual experiences are expressed candidly.Hilarious to the hilt,it also touches an emotional chord somewhere down the line. Gopal's friendship with Randy and his small town mind caught in a web of modern lust and lustre are written brilliantly. I have already recommended the title to several others..And as the title of my review suggests,'Miss it at your own risk'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an Indian Doing my higher studies in America and When I was in India, I thought I can get on with America easily.. but only when i came over there, experienced almost exactly what happens to the character Gopal in this book..!!