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Calcutta: A Cultural and Literary History

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In-depth cultural, historical and literary guide to this city of extremes--from slums to palaces, Kipling to Naipaul.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 15th 2003 by Interlink Publishing Group
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Mitchell
Nov 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
A good overview of the history of Calcutta. I wish it had a little more focus on the post-independence period, but it still prepared me well for my visit to the city.
Aminul Haque
This is supposedly not a history book or a travel book, but something about its "spirit". I wonder if the other books on the series (I saw the promo of one on Tokyo) are also about the "spirit" of those other cities. The history of the city as well as of its luminaries is not any different from a few thousand other books written on the same; unless one considers the clever language a virtue of its own.

I was hoping for some perspective on the prospect of a renewal or revival of the city that los
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Arin Basu
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book on the history and evolution of Calcutta since the time of its establishment in the pre-East India company times to fairly recently. A broad sweep and comprehensive work. There are a few factual errors and some points of opinion that need to be addressed but other than that, this is a very readable book, perhaps the best in its genre of Calcutta related books.
Strongly recommended. Must read.
Debarshi Kanjilal
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am not a great fan of non-fiction, but anything about Calcutta always draws me toward it.
John
Oct 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Long and slow at times, it was also full of great examples of how Calcutta is a truly fascinating city to live in. Recommended to expats living in Calcutta.
Anirban Majumder
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Story of a city captured really well..
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