- Gebundene Ausgabe: 323 Seiten
- Verlag: Bertrams; Auflage: First Edition (13. Juni 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0374173214
- ISBN-13: 978-0374173210
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,5 x 17 x 2,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 523.849 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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“Mishra’s book is in the best tradition of Buddhism, both dispassionate and deeply engaged, complicated and simple, erudite and profoundly human.” —Adam Goodheart, The New York Times Book Review
An engrossing account of Pankaj Mishra’s journeys – both geographical and intellectual – through the modern world -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
religion, economic competition, and personal vendettas.
The book is not for those seeking ready explanations and judgements but for those who wish to explore the subcontinent and learn to understand its culture and people bit by bit.
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The book is recommended to anyone who wants a honest, on-the-ground view of things.
I recommend this book for those naive Westerners, like Thomas J. Friedman, who think "shining India" is the focal point of the modern world. Not quite.
Such objections aside, the book provides a provocative insight into the complexities of the Indian subcontinent, with some helpful historical background and some fascinating first-person encounters with people involved in the events of the period during which the author did the journalistic investigation that was built into it.
As the events of the area are even today matters that should concern U.S. citizens, Mishra's book, for all its faults, is useful background reading, since much of what he describes is STILL being played out, disastrously for all concerned.
We get a history of Indian/Pakistani Politics since 1948 from his experiences. We get a simple understanding of how India has florished while Pakistan has floundered. Of how the Congress party of Nehru and the Gandhi's have been overcome by the rise of Hindu Nationalist parties like the BJP.
He visits the Kashmir and we can see how it became India's Northern Ireland with the exception that both sides are armed with nuclear weapons. The Troubles there are similar but the killing is magnified 10 fold as no human rights groups manitor the Indian nor the Pakistani armies for human rights violations.
We get a glimpse of the Bollywood scene in Mumbai. How it is similar to the Holywood Studio system of the 40's(maybe the 30's as each film seems to have a song and dance number). We get an understanding of what is acceptable on film in that culture and why there was such a hue and cry recently over Richard Gere's kiss in public.
Mishra's strength is that he lets his subjects tell the story of their lives and how the World has changed around them. His most compelling sections are where he relates his own life experiences. I recommend the book as an excellent glimpse into the cultures of South Central Asia.