A River Sutra
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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A sequence of delicate, tragic stories by the author of Raj (S. & S., 1989) evokes the profound presence of tradition and desire along the banks of the holy river Narmada. A retired bureaucrat ... Read full review
My favorite book I've read for a college course, A River Sutra uses short stories to teach about Narmada's place in Hinduism. Stories of music, wealth, and passion explore the meaning of desire, and the internal struggle to choose between embracing desire and rejecting it. As a work of fiction, A River Sutra is nothing special. A River Sutra should be read as a tool for understanding Hindu theology, with a primary focus on the reasons for and the effects of desire.