The Age of Shiva


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India, 1955: as the scars of Partition are just beginning to heal, seventeen-year-old Meera sits enraptured on the balcony of a college auditorium in Delhi. In the spotlight is Dev, singing a song so infused with passion that it arouses in her the first flush of erotic longing. She wonders if she can steal him away from Roopa, her older, more beautiful sister. When Meera's reverie comes true, it does not lead to the fairy-tale marriage she imagined. Dev's family is steeped in the very kind of orthodoxy her father has spent ...

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Jan 7, 2010

Brilliant Book!

Manil Suri's "Age of Shiva" is a worthy successor to his earlier "Death of Vishnu." Once again he tells an intensely moving human story, one modelled loosely on Hindu mythology. This story is at once very Indian, and very universal. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and am giving it to friends for Xmas, birthdays, etc. If you haven't read Suri, you are missing out.

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