Calcutta is a city in a state of permanent surprise, where amazement is around every crumbling corner, and astonishment lurks over every rickshow-puller's shoulder. It is a city that never ceases to shock those who pass through, and it is also a city that manages to delight and enthrall those who are stalwart enough to stay and brave enough to make an effort to look, and to see.
Best-selling writer Simon Winchester explores his love-hate relationship with Calcutta, a city that provokes intense reactions in all who visit. Collaborating with his son Rupert, Simon muses on his time spent in Calcutta, reflecting on his experiences, preconceptions and own individual fascination with the city.
Thw Winchesters' personal essays are presented with a selection of wide-ranging extracts penned by other visitors to this surprising city. The result is a personal view of one of the world's most resonant destinations that also acts as an essential introduction to the wealth of writing on the subject.
Includes extracts by V.S. Naipaul, Paul Theroux, Rudyard Kipling, Geoffrey Moorhouse, Rabindranath Tagore, N.C. Chaudhuri, Gunter Grass, Dominique Lapierre, James Morris, Mark Twain and Vikram Seth.
Simon Winshester's Calcuttaprovides a rare insight into the inspiration writers gain from their love for a special place.
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Review: Simon Winchester's Calcutta (Travel Literature Series)User Review - The Style Page - Goodreads
The first part of Simon Winchester's Calcutta includes a history of Calcutta (Kolkata) written by Simon Winchester. Some readers might be turned off by Winchester's characterization of freedom fighter ... Read full review
Review: Simon Winchester's Calcutta (Travel Literature Series)User Review - Patricia_Bjaaland - Goodreads
Great fun. Recently read while travelling in Calcutta and Orissa and it thoroughly enhanced the trip. Excellent short history of the city and well-chosen excerpts from other authors from 1700s to ... Read full review
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