A Journey Down the Ganges River
By Julian Crandall Hollick
(Island Press, Hardcover, 9781597263863, 296pp.)
Publication Date: October 2007
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Combining travelogue, science, and history, Ganga is an extraordinary journey through northern India: from the river’s source high in the Himalayas, past great cities and poor villages, to lush Saggar Island, where the river finally meets the sea. Along the way Julian Crandall Hollick encounters priests and pilgrims, dacoits and dolphins, the fishermen who subsist on the river, and the villagers whose lives have been destroyed by her. He finds that popular devotion to Ganga is stronger and blinder than ever, and it is putting her—and her people—in great risk.
Julian Crandall Hollick is an award-winning producer and writer of radio documentaries. His programs have aired on NPR, the BBC, and CBC in Toronto, and his writing has appeared in publications including Smithsonian and The New Republic.
"This book is the ideal fellow passenger--open and informative, chatty and beguiling, a voice for the masses on the shores."