All about H. Hatterr by G. V. Desani

Wildly funny and wonderfully bizarre, All About H. Hatterr is one of the most perfectly eccentric and strangely absorbing works modern English has produced. H. Hatterr is the son of a European merchant officer and a lady from Penang who has been raised and educated in missionary schools in Calcutta. His story is of his search for enlightenment as, in the course of visiting seven Oriental cities, he consults with seven sages, each of whom specializes in a different aspect of “Living.” Each teacher delivers himself of a great “Generality,” each great Generality launches a new great “Adventure,” from each of which Hatter escapes not so much greatly edified as by the skin of his teeth. The book is a comic extravaganza, but as Anthony Burgess writes in his introduction, “it is the language that makes the book. . . . It is not pure English; it is like Shakespeare, Joyce, and Kipling, gloriously impure.”

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All About H.Hatterr (Modern Classics) Paperback 15145360 $5.37
All About H. Hatterr: A Novel Paperback 14659987 $14.85 $3.00 1986
All about H. Hatterr Hardcover 12556691 $9.90
All About H. Hatter - G.V. Desani - Paperback Paperback 5095397 $21.95
All about H. Hatterr: A novel, Hardcover 5670352 $89.21 $25.04
All About H. Hatterr Paperback 6391836 $127.73 $2.38 1998
All About H. Hatterr Paperback 8446578 $16.99 $16.17 2018
All About H. Hatterr (New York Review Books Classics) Paperback 1394746 $11.99 $6.43 2007