A River Sutra

A River Sutra

Book - 1993
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"Set on the banks of India's holiest river amid the constant traffic of pilgrims, archaeologists, policemen, priests, and traders, A River Sutra weaves the richness of India into the dangerous lives of its characters." "A bureaucrat retires to the sacred river in search of tranquility only to encounter a girl fleeing her kidnappers, a naked ascetic and the child he has saved from prostitution, a teacher who confesses to murder, a millionaire monk, and a musician silenced by desire. Instead of finding serenity, the bureaucrat is forced to confront the powers of mythology, religion, music, and philosophy, and to acknowledge that the holy river has a sanctity more threatening than he can imagine." "In this exquisitely written novel, Gita Mehta uses the traditional forms of Indian story-telling to explore the savagery of human love and to illuminate the paradoxes of India."
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Doubleday, c1993
ISBN: 9780385470070
038547007X
Branch Call Number: FIC Mehta 3206 01
Characteristics: 291 p

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Feb 05, 2014

A series of connected stories set in around India's Narmada River, Gita Mehta's novel is an 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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