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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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The banks of the Narmada River are said to contain 400 billion sacred places. It is this river, the holiest in India, that is the setting for Gita Mehta's lushly imagined novel, which fuses the traditions of Indian narrative with thoroughly contemporary insights into the nature of love - love carnal and sublime, treacherous, maddening, and redeeming.
Mehta's river is a place where travelers and their stories intersect unpredictably: where a millionaire mendicant comes to lay down the burden of his wealth; a sybaritic playboy wanders in a trance of erotic possessions; where an aging courtesan seeks her kidnapped daughter. Populated by bandits, naked ascetics, and ecstatic singers, A River Sutra is as intoxicating as the scent of sandal wood and as exalting as a classic raga.
"Enchanting...somewhat comic, sometimes tragic and always filled with insights...A delight to read, bringing to Western readers the mystery and drama of a rich cultural heritage."-- The New York Times Book Review
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Book Description Penguin Books India, 2000. Softcover. Condition: New. ?A River Sutra . . . is a lyrical series of interlocking stories that transport the reader to a contemporary India that is also the living present of myth.? ?Vanity Fair ?Gita Mehta?s book . . . emphasizes even more the mysteries of the East that need no confirmation from the West. A self-contained chain of stories, complete, sparkling, romantic . . . the writer has clearly reached a higher level of conscious story-telling.? ?Sunday Observer `. . . the way they (the stories) are told?the seamless flow of the narrative mirroring the flow of the sacred Narmada, the variation of the tales reflecting the changing seasons?puts the book leagues ahead of any other.? ?India Today ?Gita Mehta?s consummate novel reflects the depth and complexity of India?s spirituality like a diamond reflects light. . . Each bewitching tale is a rivulet pouring its truth into the long river of life. A quiet masterpiece.? Printed Pages: 282. Seller Inventory # 21429
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