River Sutra

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Vintage, 2007 - Narmada River Region (India) - 276 pages
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Set on the banks of India's holiest river amid the constant traffic of pilgrims, archaeologists, policemen, priests, and traders, A River Sutra weaves the richness of India into the dangerous lives of its characters. A bureaucrat retires to the sacred river in search of tranquility only to encounter a girl fleeing her kidnappers, a naked ascetic and the child he has saved from prostitution, a teacher who confesses to murder, a millionaire monk, and a musician silenced by desire. Instead of finding serenity, the bureaucrat is forced to confront the powers of mythology, religion, music, and philosophy, and to acknowledge that the holy river has a sanctity more threatening than he can imagine. In this exquisitely written novel, Gita Mehta uses the traditional forms of Indian story-telling to explore the savagery of human love and to illuminate the paradoxes of India.

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User Review  - janerawoof - LibraryThing

A Government official in India is in charge of a Government Rest House--a sort of inn. He is told stories about various individuals: a Jain monk previously from a wealthy family; a music teacher; a ... Read full review

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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

An office-worker turned inn-keeper is the central character. He runs a guesthouse on the banks of the Narmada River, India's holiest river. The stories are told by his guests. Lush, beautiful writing. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Gita Mehta is the author of three works of non-ficiton, Karma Cola, Raj: A Novel, Snakes and Ladders and Eternal Ganesha, and two works of fiction, Raj and A River Sutra. She lives in New York, London and India.

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