The Elephanta Suite: Three Novellas
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Brand: Brand: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Edition: 1st Edition
Feature: Used Book in Good Condition
Item Dimensions: 8255508885
Label: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 274
Publication Date: September 26, 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: September 26, 2007
Studio: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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A master of the travel narrative weaves three intertwined novellas of Westerners transformed by their sojourns in India.
This startling, far-reaching book captures the tumult, ambition, hardship, and serenity that mark today’s India. Theroux’s Westerners risk venturing far beyond the subcontinent’s well-worn paths to discover woe or truth or peace. A middle-aged couple on vacation veers heedlessly from idyll to chaos. A buttoned-up Boston lawyer finds succor in Mumbai’s reeking slums. And a young woman befriends an elephant in Bangalore.
We also meet Indian characters as singular as they are reflective of the country’s subtle ironies: an executive who yearns to become a holy beggar, an earnest young striver whose personality is rewired by acquiring an American accent, a miracle-working guru, and others.
As ever, Theroux’s portraits of people and places explode stereotypes to exhilarating effect. The Elephanta Suite urges us toward a fresh, compelling, and often inspiring notion of what India is, and what it can do to those who try to lose—or find—themselves there.
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