City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi

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Penguin, Mar 25, 2003 - Travel - 352 pages
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 Sparkling with irrepressible wit, City of Djinns peels back the layers of Delhi's centuries-old history, revealing an extraordinary array of characters along the way-from eunuchs to descendants of great Moguls. With refreshingly open-minded curiosity, William Dalrymple explores the seven "dead" cities of Delhi as well as the eighth city—today's Delhi. Underlying his quest is the legend of the djinns, fire-formed spirits that are said to assure the city's Phoenix-like regeneration no matter how many times it is destroyed. Entertaining, fascinating, and informative, City of Djinns is an irresistible blend of research and adventure.

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I love Dalrymple's style of writing. - Goodreads
I guess every writer has his/her own biases! - Goodreads
Great intro to the city - 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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User Review  - Karen Alexander - Goodreads

This was an amazing book. The author did a huge amount of research going back in time to the first settlements of Delhi. Dalrymple lived in Delhi for a year and writes about what he sees going on in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mary Martina - Goodreads

Beautifully written...this is an amazing read for not just tourists but also for people who consider Delhi their home...a truly engrossing read!!! Read full review

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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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