“A Life of Adventure and Delight” by Akhil Sharma Originally published in the May 16, 2016 issue of The New Yorker. Click here to read the story in its entirety on The New Yorker website.
I quite enjoyed the last two pieces we got from Akhil Sharma: “We Didn’t Like Him” (here) and “A Mistake” (here). I believe both of those were excerpts from Sharma’s Family Life, which won the shortlived Folio Prize in March 2015, and which Lee reviewed here. Family Life was a kind of fictional autobiography, tracing events of Sharma’s own life with a bit of a twist. “A Life of Adventure and Delight” doesn’t appear to be in that vein, if I’m reading Sharma’s interview with Deborah Treisman correctly (you can get that here). Should be interesting to see, then, how this story will go.
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