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The Root and the Flower

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Set in the war-torn world of Mughal India and first published in the gathering darkness of the 1930s, the three novels collected in The Root and the Flower are stories of intrigue, murder, and romance; of Tantric abandonment and Buddhist renunciation; of emotional delirium and spiritual adventure. This enthralling visionary trilogy is, as Penelope Fitzgerald remarks in her ...more
Paperback, 656 pages
Published March 31st 2001 by NYRB Classics (first published 1935)
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Jess Nauright
Apr 27, 2014 Jess Nauright rated it liked it
This is an unabashed theosophical-orientalist historical-fantasy novel. It's fun and trashy and unnecessarily long. I think it would be an excellent book to read on a long flight. (Though I read it in my house and quite enjoyed it.)

(The NYRB blurbs and copy make it sound much more intellectual than it actually is.)

Jim
Feb 14, 2009 Jim rated it liked it
Intrigue is the word that stands out in my mind after reading this book. Many pages are spent reading about the thoughts the various characters are having about the others or events that may or may not happen. Time is also spent relating what happens inside houses or rooms as the character watches from the shadows to find out what is being done or said without the person knowing. True friendship as I've come to know it is rare in this novel; there is constant questioning as to whether or not a r ...more
Julianne Davidow
Dec 06, 2013 Julianne Davidow rated it it was amazing
Exquisite. Impossible to compare with any other book or writer I have read, The Root and the Flower by L.H. Myers, written in the ‘30s (Introduction by Penelope Fitzgerald in 1985) is in a class by itself. A sweeping epic made up of three separate sections—each a novel unto itself—The Root and the Flower is set in 16th century India and told from three separate viewpoints. The writing is dreamlike and intricate. The author creates a mythical world of incredible beauty but fills it with realistic ...more
Stephen
Sep 06, 2014 Stephen rated it liked it
Had to work my way along, buoyed by recommendation from someone else about this forgotten classic. Good picture painted of (I think it was Akbar's) court. My wife liked the book so much she named our new puppy Jali after we had read the book in aprox 2002.
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NYRB Classics: The Root and the Flower, by L.H. Myers 1 4 Oct 30, 2013 12:18PM  
Leo (Leopold) Hamilton Myers was born in Leckhampton House, Cambridge into a cultured family; his father was the writer Frederic William Henry Myers (1843-1901) and his mother the photographer Eveleen Tennant (1856-1937). He was named after his godfather, Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge. His trilogy/tetralogy The Root and the Flower, s ...more
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