Kiran Desai’s Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard: A Critique
In Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, her debut novel, Kiran Desai has experimented in the making of a comic fable. She presents a hilarious story of life, love, and family relationships - simultaneously capturing the vivid culture of the Indian subcontinent and the universal intricacies of human experience. The story is set in a small Indian but fictitious town called Shahkot. Sampath is the protagonist who belongs to a middle class family. After experiencing drastic boredom in his life, Sampath decides to spend his life in trees. And then after, the story reveals its real mood. At a deeper level, the novel displays the theme of alienation, magic realism, rebellion, etc. Desai is a masterful dialogue writer, and she uses this skill to great effect in Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard. She infuses the dialogue with local idioms and paints a vivid portrait of life in a small city in India. With a clear objective of writing a comic satire, she also makes a satirical attack against the creation of gurus in Indian society.
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Desai, Kiran. Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard. Faber & Faber, 1998.
Sinha, Sunita and Reynolds, Bryan. Introduction. Critical Responses to Kiran Desai. Ed. Sinha & Reynolds. Atlantic Publishers, 2009. pp. xv-xxx.