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Paro: Dreams of Passion - ¥2,500 (Oji and Nishi-sugamo)

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状態 : 良品
by Namita Gokhale
Hardback 1st edition published in London
C 1984
ISBN 0701127708
some damage (small tears) to and small dirt marks on the dust cover

I've been through a lot of books written by the second generation in the Indian and Pakistani diasphora and this is one of the most interesting and intriguing ones. The woman who wrote it is very talented. The voice in the story also belongs to a woman, and her point of view on many things is quite straighforward (because this writing is a very private thing, never having been intended to be read by anyone else). And there are shocking truths I think for any man who might read it (yes, referring to sex, or bad sex vs. the paucity of good sex). If it is funny, it is so in a dark way (was dark humor one of the things the colonizers of India brought with them?) I think I laughed maybe 4 times. I would not call it pure comedy.

I was startled by many passages that struck me as brutally honest, things that would VERY rarely be said out loud and perhaps only under the influence, or, yes, be so ludicrous that they might be taken as a joke. I'm not going to add any spoilers.

The story drags out over "many" years, but not too many years. The actual number of years are not specified. There is a lot of local detail and it was very enjoyable for me to puzzle out what was being referred to from time to time. There are two endings. One is the ending of Paro, and one is the end of the book for the narrator. And they coincide.

Well, not the final end, because there is a sequel, called Priya, for which I am now searching!

The following paragraphs are copied:
"Paro is a heroic temptress, alluring and rapacious, the stuff of legend. As she wanders through the world of privilege and scotch whisky that the urban rich inhabit, she is constantly observed by the acid Priya, eternal voyeur and diarist...This is a dazzling moral tale, sharp, sexy and funny. 'Paro is a magnificent creation.' --London Magazine '(Paro) makes for compulsive reading due to its fast-moving narrative...and a style that is subtle, controlled and honed to a purpose.' --The Hindustan Times"

Paro is a heroic temptress, alluring and rapacious, the stuff of legend. As she wanders through the world of privilege and scotch whisky that the urban rich inhabit, she is constantly observed by the acid Priya, eternal voyeur and diarist...This is a dazzling moral tale, sharp, sexy and funny. 'Paro is a magnificent creation.' --London Magazine '(Paro) makes for compulsive reading due to its fast-moving narrative...and a style that is subtle, controlled and honed to a purpose.' --The Hindustan Times
"Namita Gokhale is a writer, publisher and festival director. She is the author of eighteen works of fiction and non-fiction. Her acclaimed debut novel, Paro: Dreams of Passion, published in 1984, has remained a cult classic and has been issued in a double edition with its sequel Priya. Gokhale has worked extensively across genres on Indian mythology, including her retelling of the Indian epic in the Puffin Mahabharata, and her novel for young readers, Lost in Time: Ghatotkacha and the Game of Illusions. The edited anthologies Himalaya and The Himalayan Arc: East of South East, provide valuable resource material on the culture and politics of the region. Gokhale is also founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival and of Mountain Echoes, the Bhutan Literature Festival. She is director of Yatra Books, a publishing house specializing in translation."

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