The Illicit Happiness of Other People

The Illicit Happiness of Other People

Book - 2013
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Journalist Ousep Chacko wonders about his seemingly happy artist son's suspicious falling death and obsessively questions the youth's friends at the same time his other son falls for a secretive older girl.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2013
Edition: 1st American ed
Description: 344 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780393338621
Branch Call Number: Jose


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BPLNextBestAdults May 10, 2013

Unni Chacko committed suicide at the age of 17 and his father, Ousep, wants to know why. While we follow his quest, we learn a bit about Indian culture and about dysfunctional families. Manu Joseph writes with sensitivity and a quirky sense of humour. net

Laurel624 Apr 09, 2013

This book advances the premise that young men are helpless when it comes to resisting an impulse to molest girls who are attractive or provocatively dressed. While the book recognizes that this is a moral failing on the part of men, it nonetheless depicts sexual assaults on very young (12-14) girls as inevitable when an aroused young man encounters a pretty girl who has the poor judgment to find herself alone. Yuck.

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