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ISBN13: 9780679752479
ISBN10: 0679752471
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A lone hunter, Vilie, sets out to find the river of his dreams, a place from which he will be able to wrest a stone that will give him untold power. His is a dangerous quest—not only must he overcome unquiet spirits, vengeful sorceresses, and demons of the forest, but there are armed men on his trail as well.

In When the River Sleeps, Easterine Kire transports her reader to the remote mountains of Nagaland in northeastern India, a place alive with natural wonder and supernatural enchantment. As Vilie treks through the forest on the trail of his dream, readers are also swept along with the powerful narrative and walk alongside him in a world where the spirits are every bit as real as men and women. Kire invites us into the lives and hearts of the people of Nagaland: their rituals and beliefs, their reverence for the land, their close-knit communities, and the rhythms of a life lived in harmony with their natural surroundings.

 

“Reminiscent of García Márquezs magic realism and Leslie Marmon Silkos Native-American storytelling. At the end, though, this is a Naga story, unmistakably so, in its sense of place, time, and oral traditions.” —Paulus Pimomo, Central Washington University

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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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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.

About the Author

Easterine Kire is a prolific writer from Indias northeastern region. A political exile, she lives in Norway.

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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
Author:
Kire, Easterine
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:
Paperback
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
v. V
Publication Date:
19940631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in

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Product details 264 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679752479 Reviews:
"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...
"Synopsis" by , 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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