Tales from the Book Drop: The Sly Company of People Who Care

| June 6, 2012

As someone who often quite literally judges books by their covers, this particular title and cover jumped out at me: The Sly Company of People Who Care by Rahul Bhattacharya. That title combined with this cover prompted me to read the inside jacket:

“A twenty-six-year-old cricket journalist chucks his job in Bombay and arrives in Guyana, a forgotten colonial society of raw, mesmerizing beauty. Amid decaying wooden houses in Georgetown, on coastal sugarcane plantations, and in the dark rainforest interior scavenged by diamond hunters, he grows absorbed with the fantastic possibilities of this place where descendants of the enslaved and indentured have made a new life. Ultimately, he prepares to mount an adventure of his own. This journey will take him beyond Guyanese borders, and his companion will be the feisty, wild-haired Jan.

In this dazzling novel, powered by a singularly energetic and inventive voice, Rahul Bhattacharya captures the joyous pulse of Caribbean music, the overheated restlessness of youth, and the paradoxes of searching for life’s meaning in the escape from home.”

Here are some reviews from the Web:

New York Times

Kirkus Reviews

Seattle Pi

Amazon

Google Books