The Windfall

The Windfall

作者 : Diksha Basu

出版社 : CROWN

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定價 : NT 479

售價 : NT479

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一夜致富的印度中年夫妻,離開擁擠狹小的社區,搬入東德里超高級社區的豪宅,引發一連串笑料百出的事件!

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Jha氏夫妻在過去的三十年間,都住在擁擠的社區裡,狹小的空間、八卦的鄰居,還有令人厭倦的婚姻生活,已經成為他們習以為常的一部分。當他們的兒子錄取美國紐約的商學院,夫妻兩人都認為終於可以享受舒適的退休生活……不過,Jha先生竟意外得到一筆龐大財富,他決定帶太太離開原本的住處,搬進東德里超高級社區的豪宅!

Jha先生擁抱全新的奢華生活,十分積極地想讓自己符合嶄新的社會地位,除了在服裝上進行大改造,戴上窄領帶、用擦鞋機擦亮皮鞋,甚至還雇用了護衛!他還訂了鑲滿施華洛世奇水晶的沙發,不過想當然爾坐起來一點也不舒服。相反地,不同於一心想躋身上流社會的先生,Jha太太對於搬離住了三十年的家感到十分難過,也覺得在新社區格格不入。她不想穿名牌紗麗、不懂室內設計,也不喜歡用全新衛浴設備洗熱水澡,還是比較習慣用水桶。他們也很快捲入與鄰居夫妻的較勁,雙方都想盡辦法炫富,試圖證明自己比鄰居的財力更雄厚!另一方面,在美國求學的兒子,擺著體面的表象,實際上學業表現每況愈下,更瞞著爸媽同時與兩名女友交往……

在他們搬進富裕新社區後所遭遇的一連串瘋狂事件,也為他們的婚姻帶來意想不到的發展!本書為呈現某一特定社會地位人物的滑稽,藉以達到諷刺效果的儀態喜劇(comedy of manners),暴露印度暴發戶的Jha氏家庭為了要融入富裕的新德里社區、擠身上流社會,盡一切所能攀爬社會階梯的樣貌,伴隨而來的社交焦慮與恐懼也昭然若揭,不僅藉Jha氏家庭的遭遇描繪快速變遷的現代印度,也探討家的意義。

From actress Diksha Basu comes a sparkling comedy of manners about social climbing, social rivalry and social anxiety in the New India Anil Kumar Jha has worked hard and is ready to live well.

After thirty years in a modest flat, he and his family are moving to Gurgaon, one of Delhi's richest areas. But his wife, Bindu, is heartbroken about leaving their neighbours, and doesn't want to wear designer saris or understand interior decoration. Meanwhile their son, Rupak, is failing business school in the US - and secretly dating an American girl.

Once installed in their mansion, the Jhas are soon drawn into a feverish game of one-upmanship with their new neighbours, the Chopras, as each couple seeks to outdo the other with increasingly lavish displays of wealth. As an imitation Sistene Chapel is pitted against a crystal-encrusted sofa, Bindu wonders where it will all end. A sharply observed tale of social aspiration and anxiety, The Windfall is a thoroughly modern comedy of manners about family, friendship and what it means to belong in a rapidly changing India.
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