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Nine Lives In Search of the Sacred in Modern India (Hardcover)

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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0307272826
ISBN-13: 9780307272829
Sku: 212323735
Publish Date: 6/15/2010
Pages:  275
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Examines how traditional religions are observed in present-day India through the experiences of such individuals as a Tantric practicing middle-class woman from Calcutta, a prison warder from Kerala who is worshipped as an incarnate deity and a Jain nun who watched a friend ritually starve. By the award-winning author of From the Holy Mountain. *Author: Dalrymple, William *Subtitle: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India *Publication Date: 2010/06/15 *Number of Pages: 275 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 6.75 *Height: 9.75
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From the author of The Last Mughal (“A compulsively readable masterpiece”—The New York Review of Books), a mesmerizing book that explores how traditional religions are observed in today’s India, revealing ways of life that we might otherwise never have known.

A middle-class woman from Calcutta finds unexpected fulfillment living as a Tantric in an isolated, skull-filled cremation ground . . . A prison warder from Kerala is worshipped as an incarnate deity for two months of every year . . . A Jain nun tests her powers of detachment watching her closest friend ritually starve herself to death . . . The twenty-third in a centuries-old line of idol makers struggles to reconcile with his son’s wish to study computer engineering . . . An illiterate goatherd keeps alive in his memory an ancient 200,000-stanza sacred epic . . . A temple prostitute, who resisted her own initiation into sex work, pushes her daughters into the trade she nonetheless regards as a sacred calling.

William Dalrymple tells these stories, among others, with expansive insight and a spellbinding evocation of remarkable circumstance, giving us a dazzling travelogue of both place and spirit.
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Selected by Publishers Weekly as a 2010 Top 100 Book.

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"NINE LIVES shows us lives hidden almost entirely from Western readers....Mr. Dalrymple profiles nine Indians and through them the variety of religions that thrive in our reportedly homogenized world....[He] lets them all speak directly about their lives and beliefs, and he sketches along the way both their individual narratives and the history and literature of their faiths." - Robert Messenger 06/18/2010

"William Dalrymple's NINE LIVES is not only a masterful text, but it is also an extraordinarily important book....Simply as stories, each discrete episode is an emotive and moving tale of how an individual found, or inherited, a path to spiritual dedication. Dalrymple, like the poetic Rajasthani bhopa, or bard, he follows, tells stories that are lyrical yet deeply ruminative." - Jonathan Sidhu 06/20/2010

"[I]nevitably, if unobtrusively,...[Dalrymple] steers his interviews to the areas of his own interest. Yet these will be the areas of most readers' interest too. The narratives Dalrymple unearths are fascinating and sometimes painfully moving, and he surrounds them with generous knowledge. This is the India we seldom see, populated by obscure people whose lives are made vivid by their eloquent troubles and reckless piety." - Colin Thubron 07/18/2010

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0275
Product attributePublisher:   Knopf Publishing Group
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