The Romantics (Paperback)
Anchor Books, 9780385720809, 288pp.
Publication Date: February 20, 2001
The young Brahman Samar has come to the holy city of Benares to complete his education and take the civil service exam that will determine his future. But in this city redolent of timeworn customs, where pilgrims bathe in the sacred Ganges and breathe in smoke from burning ghats along the shore, Samar is offered entirely different perspectives on his country. Miss West and her circle, indifferent to the reality around them, represent those drawn to India as a respite from the material world. And Rajesh, a sometimes violent, sometimes mystical leader of student malcontents, presents a more jaundiced view. More than merely illustrating the clash of cultures, Mishra presents the universal truth that our desire for the other is our most painful joy.
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Praise For The Romantics…
“Grip[s] the reader as artfully and as compellingly as the first page of A Passage to India.”–The New York Review of Books