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Earth in the Mouth: A Story

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This is a story about the beauty and the loss of senses, as experienced by the protagonist, Thomas, a young Dane travelling in India. Thomas feels the discomfort which often surprises travellers in the Third World, the sensation of being mentally and physically weakened by culture shock.
Hardcover, 108 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Picador USA
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Boris Gregoric
Mar 19, 2015 Boris Gregoric rated it it was ok
Chanced on this title while in Denmark and looking for something in English. I think the problem with this "travel" book is that the author was not clear in his head is he going to write a fictional memoir, a straight novel or some travel sketches —in fact the only good portion of the book is the bit of travel writing. You'll never want to go to a toilet in India ever again after you've read it. But then it all blends in some half-fictional haze written in a dull, drum-beat fashion...

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Pete Young
Nov 13, 2012 Pete Young rated it really liked it
This is an interesting experiment in self-reflection: the Danish author Jensen revisits an unpublished fictional Indian travelogue he wrote twenty years earlier, and questions himself – and indeed his younger self – on why it remained unfinished. The travelogue itself is of the kind many thousands of backpackers-as-aspiring-writers would have turned out, with the self cast as a third person and where the protagonist’s culture shock is explored to the nth degree. In fact Jensen’s alter, Thomas, e ...more
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Carsten Jensen was born 1952. He first made his name as a columnist and literary critic for the Copenhagen daily Politiken, and has written novels, essays and travel books.

Jensen was awarded the Golden Laurels for "I Have Seen the World Begin" and the Danske Banks Litteraturpris, Denmark’s most prestigious literary award, for "We, the Drowned."

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