The Root and the Flower
Set in the war-torn world of Mughal India and ﬁrst published in the gathering darkness of the 1930s, The Root and the Flower is an epic story of intrigue, murder, and romance; of Tantric abandonment and Buddhist renunciation; of emotional delirium and spiritual adventure.
The cast of characters includes Hari, a reckless and passionate warrior; Sita, in love with both Hari and her husband Amar, a prince who wishes to forsake the world but is increasingly drawn into a bloody political struggle; and Sita and Amar’s son Jali, whose precocious encounters with sex and violence threaten him with madness.
At once a dream of India and a vision of a world riven by political, ethnic, and religious conﬂicts, The Root and the Flower is a work of great range and singular poetic beauty. It is, in Penelope Fitzgerald’s words, a “strange masterpiece,” and one of the unsung glories of modern literature.
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THE ROOT AND THE FLOWERUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Published as three separate novels in the '30s, Myers's trilogy was first brought together under one cover in England in 1985, along with a superb preface by the late Penelope Fitzgerald celebrating ... Read full review
The root and the flowerUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Myers's epic of India was originally published as three novels between 1929 and 1935. Large in scope, the novel covers political, religious, and ethnic conflicts that have ravaged that country for years. This edition includes an introduction by Penelope Fitzgerald. Read full review