Lonely and naïve, Arjun spends his days as a lowly assistant virus- tester, pining away for his free-spirited colleague Christine. Arjun gets laid off like so many of his Silicon Valley peers, and in an act of desperation to keep his job, he releases a mischievous but destructive virus around the globe that has major unintended consequences. As world order unravels, so does Arjuns sanity, in a rollicking cataclysm that reaches Bollywood and, not so coincidentally, the glamorous star of Arjuns favorite Indian movie....Continua
The plot is boring, characters are flat, there is not wit at all. I bought this book because it was in New York Times list of best books of the year but it turned out to be under any possible decency level
clever, entertaining, interesting.... fantastic, in a word! i loved this book, i read it in 5 days, despite lately being a slower reader, couldn't wait to go back to it every time i put it down.
it has everything: it talks about globalisation in all its aspects (work, culture, how it changed perceived distances in the world, technology), it talks about relationships, strained and not, celebrity obsession, all the little things that contribute to the zeitgeist as we know it today.
kunzru does all this without ever being heavy, his storytelling is witty and ironic, i find he is very observant: one of the things i appreciated most is his eye for detail.
so, what can i say... definitely recommended, it's clever AND entertaining: a must-read :)