Helen Simonson said this was funny. My sense of humor differs greatly from hers.
From the synopsis, I thought this book would be funny, but it wasn’t. I was looking forward to quirky characters and a madcap journey to enlightenment. Instead I got stiff characters and flat "adventures". There were bits that were mildly amusing, but they didn't really grabbed me. Chandra is too pedantic to ever find “his bliss”. Yet the author wants his readers to believe that a few days spent at Esalen in hot tub therapy leads his stereotypical main character to enlightenment. However, Chandra shows little in the way of epiphanic metamorphosis. The inadequate exploration of Chandra’s relationships with his offspring and their continuing discord was dissatisfying.
Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss shows off the author’s knowledge--or research--of the study of economics, and the book seemingly reflects the author’s view of Americans. It did present some meaty family issues, but the story fell flat in terms of addressing those familial conflicts. Perhaps that is more realistic, but it wasn’t particularly satisfying. Sadly, unsatisfying is probably the best descriptor for this book.
An interesting novel with well-sketched out characters. The author has done a good job of portraying each character and spun a believable tale of a normal family - Professor Chandra, his ex-wife Jean, her husband Steve, and Prof Chandra's three grown children.
A delightful story of of an economics professor who doesn't think he can change-in fact, doesn't think he needs to change--and how he learns to change enough to find what makes him happy. Loved the character and found him quite charming most of the time. I was a little irritated initially at his inability to empathize with those around him--he frequently seems genuinely puzzled by why his family and friends behaved as they did--but I appreciated how he grew over the course of the novel.
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