My Family and Other Saints (Paperback) - Narayan, Kirin

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Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Mfg Part# 9780226568218
SKU 208000321
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0226568210
Release Date 9/1/2008
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.75H x 6L x 0.75T
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Editors Note In 1969, young Kirin Narayan's older brother, Rahoul, announced that he was quitting school and leaving home to seek enlightenment with a guru. From boyhood, his restless creativity had continually surprised his family, but his departure shook up everyone- especially Kirin, who adored her high-spirited, charismatic brother.|A touching, funny, and always affectionate memoir, My Family and Other Saints traces the reverberations of Rahoul's spiritual journey through the entire family. As their beachside Bombay home becomes a crossroads for Westerners seeking Eastern enlightenment, Kirin's sari-wearing American mother wholeheartedly embraces ashrams and gurus, adopting her son's spiritual quest as her own. Her Indian father, however, coins the term ?urug?-guru spelled backward-to mock these seekers, while young Kirin, surrounded by radiant holy men, parents drifting apart, and a motley of young, often eccentric Westerners, is left to find her own answers. Deftly recreating the turbulent emotional world of her bicultural adolescence, but overlaying it with the hard-won understanding of adulthood, Narayan presents a large, rambunctious cast of quirky characters. Throughout, she brings to life not just a family but also a time when just about everyone, it seemed, was consumed by some sort of spiritual quest.|?A lovely book about the author's youth in Bombay, India. . . . The family home becomes a magnet for truth-seekers, and Narayan is there to affectionately document all of it.?-Body Soul ?Gods, gurus and eccentric relatives compete for primacy in Kirin Narayan's enchanting memoir of her childhood in Bombay.?-William Grimes, New York Times
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0236
Publisher University of Chicago Press

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