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The Triple Mirror of the Self

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A novel by the author of A New History of Torments, The Fiction of Reality and Figures of Enchantment. It features the character Urim who wanders the world, and yet in finding the end of his journey, he sees the mirror image of its beginning.
Paperback, 343 pages
Published July 1st 1994 (first published 1992)
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K.D. Absolutely
Sep 30, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
My 40th book read this year. So far, this is the best.

This is also my 701st book in Goodreads. Time flies. I had 97 read books pre-Goodreads days that I entered in my read folder few days after joining in March 2009. I could not believe that I was able to read 600 books in 3 years. Reading is so addicting! My life has improved a lot. I seldom worry now. I am more relaxed. I watch less TV and movies. I ignore nasty people. I am more patient. I have more friends. I always have something to say whe
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Robert
Jun 16, 2016 Robert rated it liked it
The Triple Mirror of the Self is a strange book. It’s three short stories that are different from each other and yet connected by one small detail. Don’t forget this is before David Mitchell employed the same technique for Cloud Atlas.

The first novella deals with a community of outcasts who live in the mountains – this was by far the strongest section. The second is about an English person trying to cope in the U.S. and the third takes place during the independence of India where a boy has to co
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This is a strange story. It starts in the Amazon rain forest, then to the USA for a bit, then England, ending in India. The tale is told in non-linear order and seems backwards, but not entirely. I think there are attempts at being philosophical, but either they are poor attempts or they were over my head. Even other reviews I read about the book are hard to sort out.

However, the book is very readable and I didn't struggle with it at all. Parts are amusing and others, tragic. I found myself nee
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Zulfikar Ghose (born in Sialkot, India (now Pakistan) on March 13, 1935) is a novelist, poet and essayist. A native of Pakistan who has long lived in Texas, he writes in the surrealist mode of much Latin American fiction, blending fantasy and harsh realism.

He became a close friend of British experimental writer B. S. Johnson, with whom he collaborated on several projects, and of Anthony Smith. The
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