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With imaginative lushness and narrative elan, Mehta provides a novel that combines Indian storytelling with thoroughly modern perceptions into the nature of love--love both carnal and sublime, treacherous and redeeming. "Conveys a world that is spiritual, foreign, and entirely accessible."--Vanity Fair. Reading tour.

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A deceptively simple second novel from author-filmmaker Mehta (Raj, 1989) that – with gentle good humor – addresses an age-old big subject: the workings of the human heart. The narrator here, a widower and former bureaucrat, has taken a position at the Government rest house, situated on the banks of the famed Narmada River, to become a vanaprasthi – "someone who has retired to the forest to reflect." Though he's always led a life undisturbed by passion, he now finds himself increasingly in contact with those whose lives have been dramatically affected by their emotions. The Narmada, a sacred river believed to have been created by the god Shiva, and rich in legends that celebrate pre- Aryan India – when the world was supposedly ruled by great serpents who lived in splendid underground kingdoms – attracts a variety of visitors....Subtle profundity in a beautifully evoked setting... Kirkus Associates

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lukas, February 5, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
A series of connected stories set in around India's Narmada River, Gita Mehta's novel is a spicy, intoxicating book about he power of storytelling in the mode of Chaucer or the Arabian Nights. Stories of gods and goddesses, sinners and ascetics, musicians and executives all mix together in a very distinctive Indian way. Also, recommended: "The God of Small Things," "Such a Long Journey," "Shame."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679752479
Author:
Mehta, Gita
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
India
Subject:
Tales
Subject:
Pilgrims and pilgrimages
Subject:
Narmada River (India) Fiction.
Subject:
Narmada River
Subject:
Literatura Expressao Inglesa
Subject:
Pilgrims and pilgrimages -- India.
Subject:
Tales -- India -- Narmada River Valley.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
v. V
Publication Date:
19940631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.62 in 0.5 lb

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"Review" by , A deceptively simple second novel from author-filmmaker Mehta (Raj, 1989) that – with gentle good humor – addresses an age-old big subject: the workings of the human heart. The narrator here, a widower and former bureaucrat, has taken a position at the Government rest house, situated on the banks of the famed Narmada River, to become a vanaprasthi – "someone who has retired to the forest to reflect." Though he's always led a life undisturbed by passion, he now finds himself increasingly in contact with those whose lives have been dramatically affected by their emotions. The Narmada, a sacred river believed to have been created by the god Shiva, and rich in legends that celebrate pre- Aryan India – when the world was supposedly ruled by great serpents who lived in splendid underground kingdoms – attracts a variety of visitors....Subtle profundity in a beautifully evoked setting...
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