City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Mar 25, 2003 - Travel - 352 pages
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 Sparkling with irrepressible wit, City of Djinns peels back the layers of Delhi's centuries-old history, revealing an extraordinary array of characters along the way-from eunuchs to descendants of great Moguls. With refreshingly open-minded curiosity, William Dalrymple explores the seven "dead" cities of Delhi as well as the eighth city—today's Delhi. Underlying his quest is the legend of the djinns, fire-formed spirits that are said to assure the city's Phoenix-like regeneration no matter how many times it is destroyed. Entertaining, fascinating, and informative, City of Djinns is an irresistible blend of research and adventure.
  

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I love Dalrymple's style of writing. - Goodreads
Great intro to the city - Goodreads
I guess every writer has his/her own biases! - Goodreads
Brilliant insight into the history of Delhi. - Goodreads
It is well written and well researched. - Goodreads
Quite an astonishing feat as his prose is amazing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jackie Kehl - Goodreads

A very readable introduction to some of the history and culture of Delhi interspersed with the author's personal experience living in Delhi. Read full review

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User Review  - Poorva Gadre - Goodreads

Its an amazing book. Waiting to go to Delhi with a copy of this book and explore each and every one of the placed mentioned in the book.. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

William Dalrymple was born in Scotland and brought up on the shores of the Firth of Forth. When he was twenty-two he wrote the highly acclaimed bestseller "In Xanadu," which was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize. In 1989 Dalrymple moved to Delhi where he lived for six years researching his second book, "City of Djinns," which won the 1994 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award and the "Sunday Times" Young British Writer of the Year Award.
He is married to the artist Olivia Fraser, and they have three children. They now divide their time between London and Delhi.

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