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Husband Of A Fanatic: A Personal Journey Through India, Pakistan, Love, And Hate

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"In the summer of 1993, while India and Pakistan were engaged in a war, Amitava Kumar - a Indian Hindu writer living and teaching in the United States - married a Pakistani Muslim woman. That event led to a process of discovery that prompted Kumar to examine the hatreds and intimacies joining Indians and Pakistanis, Hindus and Muslims, fundamentalists and secularists, writ ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 25th 2005 by The New Press (first published 2005)
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Melisa
I think my problem with this books was that I wanted it to be something else. Given the title I expected it to look at Muslim-Hindu relationships at a very personal level but instead it was a long, repetitive ramble through various communal riots on the subcontinent. Lots of horrific stories from survivors of violence, lots of discomfort on the author's part, but not the in depth look at the relationship between Muslim wife and Hindu husband (and their families) that I'd expected from the title. ...more
Priya
He makes no assumptions about what historical background the reader has - explaining everything in detail that is easy to grasp and conceptualize. Didn't leave me with a sense of conclusion, or of having really learned something that altered my perception of the relations between Muslims & Hindus. At times I think, though he tries to avoid it, he does stereotype and makes his own conclusions that aren't necessarily supported by his experiences. Still, very interesting read.
Catherine
I really tried to finish this incredibly redundant and plodding book. I made it to page 162 (out of 296) grueling pages. An interesting subject, but the book was far too padded out with miniscule, unimportant details, and (my pet peeve) citing other writers, poets and philosophers in an attempt to complete the book. It just didn't work for me.
Florence
The prevalent mistrust and hatred between Muslims and Hindus was never so apparent to me before reading this.
Alia
A life of a marriage between dual religion. Interesting!
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Amitava Kumar is a novelist, poet, journalist, and Professor of English at Vassar College. He was born in Bihar, India; he grew up in the town of Patna, famous for its corruption, crushing poverty, and delicious mangoes.


He is the author of Nobody Does the Right Thing; A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb; Husband of a Fanatic: A Personal Journey through India, Pakistan, Love, a

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