Join us 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.
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Also invited: the Intelligent Conversation meetup group and the New Orleans Book Club meetup group.