Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss

Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss

A Novel

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"P.R. Chandrasekhar, the celebrated professor of economics at Cambridge, is at a turning point. He has sacrificed his family for his career, but his conservative brand of economics is no longer in fashion, and yet again he has lost the Nobel Prize to a rival. His wife has left him for a free spirited West Coast psychiatrist and relocated to Boulder, Colorado. His son, a capitalist guru with a cult following, mocks his father's life work; his middle daughter, the apple of his eye, has become a Marxist and refuses to speak to him; and his youngest daughter is struggling through her teenage years with the help of psychedelic drugs. And then, the final indignity: He is hit by a bicycle and forced to confront his mortality. Professor Chandra's American doctor instructs him to change his workaholic ways and "follow his bliss"--and so he does, right to the coast of California, and into the heart of his dysfunctional family. Witty, charming, and all too human, Professor Chandra's path to enlightenment will enchant and uplift readers from all walks of life"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : The Dial Press, [2019]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780525511380
Characteristics: 349 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 27, 2020

Helen Simonson said this was funny. My sense of humor differs greatly from hers.

May 20, 2019

From the synopsis, I thought this book would be funny, but it wasn’t. I was looking forward to quirky characters and a madcap journey to enlightenment. Instead I got stiff characters and flat "adventures". There were bits that were mildly amusing, but they didn't really grabbed me. Chandra is too pedantic to ever find “his bliss”. Yet the author wants his readers to believe that a few days spent at Esalen in hot tub therapy leads his stereotypical main character to enlightenment. However, Chandra shows little in the way of epiphanic metamorphosis. The inadequate exploration of Chandra’s relationships with his offspring and their continuing discord was dissatisfying.

Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss shows off the author’s knowledge--or research--of the study of economics, and the book seemingly reflects the author’s view of Americans. It did present some meaty family issues, but the story fell flat in terms of addressing those familial conflicts. Perhaps that is more realistic, but it wasn’t particularly satisfying. Sadly, unsatisfying is probably the best descriptor for this book.

May 16, 2019

An interesting novel with well-sketched out characters. The author has done a good job of portraying each character and spun a believable tale of a normal family - Professor Chandra, his ex-wife Jean, her husband Steve, and Prof Chandra's three grown children.

Chapel_Hill_TracyB Feb 28, 2019

A delightful story of of an economics professor who doesn't think he can change-in fact, doesn't think he needs to change--and how he learns to change enough to find what makes him happy. Loved the character and found him quite charming most of the time. I was a little irritated initially at his inability to empathize with those around him--he frequently seems genuinely puzzled by why his family and friends behaved as they did--but I appreciated how he grew over the course of the novel.


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