We all enjoyed Fight Club and Chaplin mocking the government in the Modern Times, but have you ever tried literature that made you laugh? Sonali Shelar brings you fascinating books based on satire
I AM A CAT
Originally written in Japanese by Natsume Sōseki, this book is a collection of views of an anthropomorphized, sarcastic feline which walks around observing behavior of the ‘well-bred’ people surviving the suffocating mix of Japanese and Western culture. The pompous and smart cat talks about human behavior, criticizing his owner’s institutional ideologies and the selfish nature of humans. The observation and wit is so fresh, you can totally relate it to today’s world.
How often do you come across a work of fiction so relatable to real life that it leaves you awed? Whether you work in the corporate world or not, you should definitely read Company, if you enjoy subtle humour. It’s the story of Stephen Jones and his journey in a huge corporate company, and what happens behind the fancy names and classy presentation. Join Jones as he descends deeper into the irrational policies of the brands and unethical working of the corporate minds.
THE DOGS OF LITTLEFIELD
Though not a complete satire based novel, the mystery of the curious dog killer and the reactions of the residents of the ‘best place to live in’ Littlefield will leave you thinking about the hypocrite words and fake smiles of the upper middle class. Enjoy exploring what actually happens behind the manicured lawns and discover the unease behind the good quality of life at Littlefield with Dr. Clarice Watkins. The book is a compelling study on human behavior, with the bonus of suspense.
THE GREAT INDIAN NOVEL
Imagine Mahabharata’s Dritarashta in the 20th century, fighting Gandhi’s fight in the Indian freedom struggle? How would all these characters fit into those times? Interesting, right? If you appreciate snarky political humour, this is the book for you. Tharoor cleverly blends the characters from mythology in the pre and post independence era of the Indian history to create a satirical riot.
Do judge this book by its cover, I mean the title; it’s so catchy, right? This 18th century book is even more interesting with its gothic satire of romanticism and philosophy, the trends of those times. Though the language is a bit heavy, this novella is worth the time and the effort. Some characters are said to be inspired by Peacock’s friends, which makes it more compelling.
Volume 5 Issue 9