City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi

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Indus, 1993 - Social Science - 351 pages
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Indraprastha is the Hindu name for the first, mythical Delhi. In this book the author peels back the successive encrusting layers of Delhi's history, using both the material and the human remains of each period as a touchstone with the present. With each of the six cities of Delhi being revealed in respective chapters, the climax, the final chapter, tells of the mythical first city, whose beginnings, told in the Mahamarata, form the principle Hindu creation myth.

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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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I like how this book is written by someone just moving to India and living their for the first time from their perspective which is invaluable view of India. I enjoyed his wife's illustrations just as much as the prose.

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A mix of personal anecdote and a history of Delhi. I didn't start enjoying the book till about halfway through but once I accepted the structure I found it a good intro to snippets of Delhi's long history. Read full review


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About the author (1993)

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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