So I thought I'd take a little departure from the art books I have been reviewing and go for a novel. Although you could argue that this book is a work of art. Kiran Desai is a fantastic writer, she won the Man Booker prize for her other novel The Inheritance of Loss, and creates this story that is not only beautiful but comical, sad, charming and just a joy to read. The story is about a man, Sampath, who's life is full of failure until one day he decides to take a nap in a guava tree and becomes famous holy man by a series of unintentional events. Just sounds ridiculous right? But it turns into this great story about the twists and turns of life that can lead us in unexpected directions depending on the path we choose to go down. Just a super book, highly recommended.
I also recommend her other book, The Inheritance of Loss, and as the title suggests it's not nearly as fun as this book is, but equally as beautiful.