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Nine Hours to Rama
"This is a terrifying, yet inspiring novel. As the nine fateful hours pass & the brutal, ruthless moment of the cataclysm draws nearer, the reader cannot help but associate himself with each character in turn. He knows what the end will be, but is still a profound & searing shock when these tragically ironic events reach their historic climax."--back flap
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published June 1st 1962 by Random House (NY)
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This book was crazy good! I want to read it again! It kind of was about good and evil. It showed the good people and the "evil" people, and when you got into the "evil"'s people's heads, they didn't seem so evil! It was about the guy who assassinated Gandhi. But he didn't seem evil. He was a messed up guy, but he was always praying and wanting something. I want to read it again!
Wolpert's style is a little dated (as expected for a book written several decades ago) but this story of the hours prior to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi reads like a modern mystery. The details of the setting and political background are fascinating. Hard to find, but worth it!
Stanley Wolpert is an American academic, Indologist, and author considered one of the world's foremost authorities on the political and intellectual history of modern India and Pakistan and has written fiction and nonfiction books on the topics. He taught at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1959-2002.More about Stanley Wolpert...