Begun in 1947, the year of India's independence and partition, this autobiography evokes the first 24 years, many years earlier, of the Nirad C. Chaudhuri's life in Calcutta and in his ancestral village in East Bengal. It combines intimate memoirs with a sweeping, highly individual survey of Indian history and culture in the last years of the Raj.Begun in 1947, the year of India's independence and partition, this autobiography evokes the first 24 years, many years earlier, of the Nirad C. Chaudhuri's life in Calcutta and in his ancestral village in East Bengal. It combines intimate memoirs with a sweeping, highly individual survey of Indian history and culture in the last years of the Raj.Read Less
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Very Good. No Jacket. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall; First Addison-Wesley Printing. Trade Paperback in Near Fine Condition. Just a touch of corner wear. Clean, colorful pictorial wraps, unmarked, sound binding, square. Internals as new. Pages lightly toned. The first volume of Nirad C. Chaudhuri's life. A great book that comes out of the Indo-English encounter, that portrays the penetration of the Indian mind by the West, and of the penetration of one culture by another. He demonstrates how 'the highest achievement of European culture can be effortlessly absorbed by the Hindu personality without making it any less convoluted, deep, humorous, devious and sublime'. 506 pages. 9.5 x 6.25 inches. Addison-Wesley Publishing, Lebanon, Indiana, U.S.A., 1989.
Good. 1968 Hardcover. xii, 506 p. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!
Publishers Weekly, 1989-08-18 Intensely rational, Chaudhuri, a Bengali and author of Thy Hand, Great Anarch! , describes his native country with the intent that ``one part of this world may still retain some curiosity about the combination of man and geography which has worn out the British Empire.'' The autobiography yields a dense, absorbing account of Hindu boyhood (he was born in 1897) in a small village in what is now Bangladesh. Careful observations illuminate a waning culture: ``A Hindu . . . accepts the first wail of birth as the leitmotiv of existence and manages . . . to lead a mock-turtle's life during the whole of it.'' Chaudhuri concludes with intricate analyses of the intellectual history of India before independence, seen in the context of its political and social history (from the Dravidians through the Raj); its religion--the ``reformed'' Hinduism of Swami Vivekananda; and Bengali literature. Chaudhuri's judgments, often surprising, are those of a world citizen; his scholarliness is humbling. (Sept. ) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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