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Dreaming in Hindi: Coming Awake in Another Language

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Publisher Comments:

An eye-opening and courageous memoir that explores what learning a new language can teach us about distant worlds and, ultimately, ourselves.

 

After miraculously surviving a serious illness, Katherine Rich found herself at an impasse in her career as a magazine editor. She spontaneously accepted a freelance writing assignment to go to India, where she found herself thunderstruck by the place and the language, and before she knew it she was on her way to Udaipur, a city in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, in order to learn Hindi. Rich documents her experiences—ranging from the bizarre to the frightening to the unexpectedly exhilarating—using Hindi as the lens through which she is given a new perspective not only on India, but on the radical way the country and the language itself were changing her. Fascinated by the process, she went on to interview linguistics experts around the world, reporting back from the frontlines of the science wars on what happens in the brain when we learn a new language. She brings both of these experiences together seamlessly in Dreaming in Hindi, a remarkably unique and thoughtful account of self-discovery.

Review:

"Rich, the author of The Red Devil: To Hell with Cancer — and Back, recounts in this wonderful memoir her subsequent life's journey: immersing herself in the transformative complexities of learning Hindi. Fired from her New York City magazine job, palpating the possibility of being a full-time writer and tempted by the 'foolproof out' that was traveling to India, Rich ensconced herself in a yearlong language program in Udaipur, in the northwest state of Rajasthan, where with three other students she struggled to get her brain, and tongue, around the disorienting 'monsoon of words' in the total immersion program. A delicate balance of social graces determined success or failure, as the author learned painfully when she felt compelled to relocate from the home of her host family, an extended Jain clan, because of misunderstanding over her nonmarried status. Fluidly interspersed within her witty, tongue-in-cheek account of the nutty fellow students and nosy, however well-meaning, Indian spectators are comments and elucidation on second-language acquisition from experts, and observations while visiting a school for the deaf. Homesick, rattled by the violence, Rich nonetheless arrived at making jokes and actually dreaming in Hindi, and in her deft and spirited prose depicts being literally 'possessed by words.' (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In this inspirational memoir, Rich documents her experiences in India using Hindi as the lens through which she is given a new perspective not only on India, but on the radical way the country and the language itself changed her.

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About the Author

KATHERINE RUSSELL RICH is the author of the award-winning memoir The Red Devil: To Hell with Cancer–and Back, and she has written for New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Salon.com, and National Public Radio.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618155453
Subtitle:
Coming Awake in Another Language
Author:
Russell Rich, Katherine
Author:
Katherine Russell Rich
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Study & Teaching
Subject:
Asia - India
Subject:
India Description and travel.
Subject:
India Social life and customs.
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100610
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.27 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Rich, the author of The Red Devil: To Hell with Cancer — and Back, recounts in this wonderful memoir her subsequent life's journey: immersing herself in the transformative complexities of learning Hindi. Fired from her New York City magazine job, palpating the possibility of being a full-time writer and tempted by the 'foolproof out' that was traveling to India, Rich ensconced herself in a yearlong language program in Udaipur, in the northwest state of Rajasthan, where with three other students she struggled to get her brain, and tongue, around the disorienting 'monsoon of words' in the total immersion program. A delicate balance of social graces determined success or failure, as the author learned painfully when she felt compelled to relocate from the home of her host family, an extended Jain clan, because of misunderstanding over her nonmarried status. Fluidly interspersed within her witty, tongue-in-cheek account of the nutty fellow students and nosy, however well-meaning, Indian spectators are comments and elucidation on second-language acquisition from experts, and observations while visiting a school for the deaf. Homesick, rattled by the violence, Rich nonetheless arrived at making jokes and actually dreaming in Hindi, and in her deft and spirited prose depicts being literally 'possessed by words.' (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
In this inspirational memoir, Rich documents her experiences in India using Hindi as the lens through which she is given a new perspective not only on India, but on the radical way the country and the language itself changed her.
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