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The Inscrutable Americans por Anurag Mathur
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The Inscrutable Americans (original 1991; edición 1997)

por 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 foreignerGopal 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.… (más)
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Título:The Inscrutable Americans
Autores:Anurag Mathur
Info:New World Library (1997), Paperback, 250 pages
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Inscrutable Americans por Anurag Mathur (1991)

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I liked the first half of the book best. The ending was a little unsatisfying. ( )
  litetmonster | Jan 25, 2019 |
Gopal, an Indian student in the Midwest to study chemistry for a year, gets both immersed in and immune to American culture. The entertaining novel, set in the 1980s, finds Gopal enjoying snow, haggling at the mall, and being so curious as to why his first American friend announces, "I'm Randy" (Gopal has been schooled in English via Penthouse Letters). Never condescending to either culture, Gopal's letters to his younger brother at home reveal how much he has absorbed and how much of his family and culture are ingrained. This is a wonderful tale, full of warmth, humor, and sexual misadventures. ( )
  froxgirl | Aug 24, 2016 |
What's not to like? A funny take on an Indian boy's first experience of America. Of course, this was just the prototype of all the novels that were to follow, and all the ABCD movies that were to be made. This was the original and the funniest, most honest response of an Indian to America. ( )
  milti | Dec 14, 2011 |
Set, in the Early 90s, this book is a hilarious account of a small town young boy from India who travels to US for a year's study there.

His prejudice at all things American and Americans, infatuation, and inquisitiveness about sex and etc is nicely set with a very funny touch!

Probably I have not laughed while reading any other book than this! ( )
  prax | Jan 13, 2010 |
An interesting view of America through a non-native's eyes. I was embarrassed that most of his pre-conceived ideas about America revolved around sex and our adult entrainment industry. Even though it is a work of fiction, I've heard similar things from other folks as well. The writing took a little to get into but it was interesting nonetheless. ( )
  sunfi | Jan 3, 2010 |
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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 foreignerGopal 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.

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