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Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy
Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy | Pawan Mishra
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Coinman, a junior level office worker in India, has a number of eccentricities. The laughingstock of the office, he finds no relief at home; his wife Imli, an obsessed actress, completely vanishes into each role. When tough bully, Hukum, beautiful enchantress, Tulsi, and the office sage, Ratiram, unite the office to conspire against Coinman, they have no inkling of an apocalypse looming inside the office. "Mishra's debut comic novel is an absurdist tale of office and personal politics set in a small town in northern India." -- Kirkus Review "This articulate, wryly amusing creation focuses on simple situations that often have an unexpected, almost magical, twist." -- IndieReader, 5 Stars "Originality is often elusive, yet thats exactly what Pawan Mishra delivers. Humorous and highly entertaining, Coinman: An Untold Conspiracy proves an absolute gem and is recommended without reservation." -- BookViral "A quirky, heartfelt novel about finding your identity - and keeping it. In Pawan Mishra's oddly charming novel, readers are welcomed into the strangely neurotic, passionate, and unfulfilled existence of Coinman. The author raises the banality of normal life to new heights within this novel, and does so in an amusing and thought-provoking way. The story is uniquely enjoyable, and Coinman is a character that will be hard to forget." -- SPR, 4 Stars "The book is a brilliant linguistic muddle and a stunning display of stylistic somersaults. The style of the novel is an intricate mosaic fashioned with care." -- The Bibulous Bibliobiuli, 5 Stars
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charminggoats
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I'm struggling to get through this one. It's fairly engaging but I'm definitely one of those people who needs to like or at least identify with one of the characters. It's one of those books that I can tell is pretty good but is not for me. I'm giving it another week, but this may end up in my DNF pile for the Little Free Library I'm trying to talk my family into (new town I moved to this week doesn't have a library! Nearest is next town over.)

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Misanthropester
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Mehso-so

A oddly comic tale or allegory reminiscent of Kafka in its lampooning of bureaucracy & the pettiness of low lvl functionaries. Quirky & humorous

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Misanthropester
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"The most ironic thing in the world is having no say when your name is determined for the first time (which is also for the last time for most), because newborns are not necessarily know for speaking their minds."

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Misanthropester
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Not sure how this'll turn out but I've got the bug for absurdist fiction of late

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