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With imaginative lushness and narrative elan Mehta provides a novel that combines Indian storytelling with. I simply adore this book It was reuired reading for my freshman core class and so I first read it the summer before college then again twice in college and once after And I will probably go on reading it forever My copy is all battered and torn up and highlighted and that is exactly the way I enjoy it I still am not sure what it is about this book that touches me so and I end up in tears for no reason every time I finish This is a novel about India and the sacred Narmada River which flows through the country India is a melting pot of several religions races languages and peoples and this novel serves to unite the country through this sacred river In doing so I believe Gita Mehta has united the entire human race in the processThe novel is held together by a thread of stories heard by an old caretaker who lives on the Narmada s banks He has come to escape from the world because he believes the world has nothing left for him and he in turn has nothing left for the world It is said that the Narmada River contains 400 billion sacred places and people from all over come to its shores for redemption hope enlightenment divine interception but most of all because they need to believe in something Each story is laced with emotions deep and moving and are characterized by Mehta s intoxicating writing style I believe that Gita Mehta s writing is the most beautiful prose I ve ever read Her sentences have the cadence and flow of poetry and her words can be so powerful that they seem to speak to you She writes a lot of the last part of the novel in song and you can almost hear the music playing as you readEach story brings new emotions to the table and each serves the purpose of uniting human beings Just as India is a melting pot of different cultures so is the world No matter a person s religion economic standing social status culture upbringing age gender sexual orientation or ethnicity we are all human beings and are affected by the same emotions We all feel pain and loss happiness and prosperity sadness and anger at some point in our lives Our narrator comes to realize that the river though some believe it is not divine in any way serves the purpose of a beacon of hope A River Sutra which connects the human race to the earth and to each other Sutra in Hindi means a thread or a string I had begun this review by thinking I would describe each story as it connects to the whole but I think that would be unnecessary as the plot of the stories are only vessels to guide the reader through the novel and to arrive at its universal conclusion It is above all a novel and not a collection I continue to treasure this and will keep it on my shelf and open it every so often throughout my lifetime to rekindle my love of its pages I can not recommend this book enough to everyone out there who reads I hope that it will change and move you as it has done me over these past 10 years

Summary A River Sutra

A River Sutra

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Thoroughly modern perceptions into the nature of love love both carnal and sublime treacherous and redeem. A Government official in India is in charge of a Government Rest House a sort of inn He is told stories about various individuals a Jain monk previously from a wealthy family a music teacher a courtesan searching for her lost daughter an insane playboy a River Minstrel and an anchorite who worships Shiva All this takes place near the river Narmada a place of spiritual pilgrimage to Hindus Gorgeous lush writing that taught me something of Indian culture


10 thoughts on “A River Sutra

  1. says:

    How to describe this novel? What it is about? I would say that is about life itself about life love and suffering “In his attempt to frighten me my father had made me realize that to prevent suffering a man must be capable of suffering that a man who cannot suffer is not alive”― Gita Mehta A River SutraThe majestic r

  2. says:

    I simply adore this book It was reuired reading for my freshman core class and so I first read it the summer before college then again twice in college and once after And I will probably go on reading it forever My copy is all battered and torn up and highlighted and that is exactly the way I enjoy it I still am not sur

  3. says:

    I hate reading HindiSanskrit poetry in translationNow that it is out of my system I have mixed feelings about this one Stories are interesting s

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    A Government official in India is in charge of a Government Rest House a sort of inn He is told stories about various individuals a Jain monk previously from a wealthy family; a music teacher; a courtesan searching for her lost daughter; an insane playboy; a River Minstrel and an anchorite who worships Shiva All this takes place near the river Narmada a place of spiritual pilgrimage to Hindus Gorgeous lush writing that

  5. says:

    Of the many stories and themes that flow through A River Sutra one stands out above all passion The individual stories that are told alongside this river are both awe inspiring and heartbreaking Altogether these stories of passion the story of A River Sutra function to demonstrate the functions of mythology as set by Joseph Campbell Here I will focus on the first and fourth function of mythology The pain that

  6. says:

    Lush descriptions dreamy stories

  7. says:

    loved it

  8. says:

    Indian stories woven together but not fantastic Only one story stood out that of an old music teacher taking a young blind exceptional singer under his wing Absolutely moving very sad story Love reading it again and again

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    This book has stayed with me for years The poetry touched my heart when I was very impressionable I love how all the stories were woven together so seamlessly It made me realize at a very young age how connected w

  10. says:

    A nicely written peek into a somewhat different world Smooth and easy to digest I found myself trying to actually see the bungalow the jungle and importantly the river in my mind The chapter about the poor little singing child really

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