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Nine Lives by William Dalrymple
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Jul 22, 2010

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bookshelves: india-paki, travel, biog-autobiog
Recommended to Ann by: Dalrymple
Recommended for: Jane
Read from June 25, 2010 to November 17, 2015 — I own a copy , read count: twice

I wanted more from this book. Dalrymple says he chose to write in the nine voices rather than in his own, but I felt cheated of the exposition of history that would set these nine in context--which he can do so well, e.g. City of Djinns.

1 - the Jain nun
2 - the seasonal dancer (two mos. per yr; well-digger the other 10)
3 - Karnataka: temple women, incarnations of the goddess Yellamma
4 - Rajasthan: singer of a local hero-god epic
5 - Sindh: Sufi saint's devotee
6 - Dharamsala: exiled Tibetan monk atones for his warrior life
7 - descendent of the Chola empire: sculptor of temple bronzes
8 - Bengal: Tantric devotee of Tara in the cremation grounds at Tarapith
9 - Bengal: the blind Baul singer

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