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July Main Book Discussion, on St. Charles: Paul Theroux's THE ELEPHANTA SUITE

Join us Saturday, July 20 at 11 am at Krewe du Brew coffee house, 1610 St. Charles Ave. for a discussion of "THE ELEPHANTA SUITE" by Paul Theroux, 2007

 

 

BOOK SYNOPSIS:This startling, far-reaching book captures the tumult, ambition, hardship, and serenity that mark today’s India. Theroux’s Westerners risk venturing far beyond the subcontinent’s well-worn paths to discover woe or truth or peace. A middle-aged couple on vacation veers heedlessly from idyll to chaos. A buttoned-up Boston lawyer finds succor in Mumbai’s reeking slums. And a young woman befriends an elephant in Bangalore. We also meet Indian characters as singular as they are reflective of the country’s subtle ironies: an executive who yearns to become a holy beggar, an earnest striver whose personality is rewired by acquiring an American accent, a miracle-working guru, and others. 
As ever, Theroux’s portraits of people and places explode stereotypes to exhilarating effect. The Elephanta Suite is a welcome gift to readers of international fiction and fans of this extraordinary writer.

 

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270 pages. Used copies on amazon.com for a penny before shipping; $10 on Kindle. Available in many local bookstores and libraries.

 

For more info, call/text/email Guy Henoumont at[masked] or at [masked].

Also invited: the New Orleans Book Club meetup group and the All Things International meetup group.

 

 

 

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  • Mary R.

    Lively discussion of a very interesting book about clashes between cultures.

    July 21, 2013

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