Laughter is a doubleedged sword
Like his first work, Manu Bhattathiri’s latest work is a slice of life that reminds one of RK Narayan’s Malgudi Days. The unique relationship between Joby, the town drunk, and retired police officer Paachu, is at the core of the plot. The novel features eclectic characters, both human and non-human, each managing to hold their own. Even nature is brought to life in a way that makes it almost a character in the story.
The author deftly brings out the flavour of an ordinary Indian town, right from over-concerned residents to the lazy routine of life. The heart-warming tale manages to reel in the reader, and is full of wit and wisdom without sounding preachy.
Title: The Town That Laughed
Author: Manu Bhattathiri
Publisher: Aleph Book Company