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The Elephanta Suite

Three Novellas

by Paul Theroux

The Elephanta Suite
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2007, 274 pages
    Paperback:
    Sep 2008, 288 pages

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Vikram Johri

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The Elephanta Suite offers us a fresh notion of what India is, and what it can do to those who try to lose, or find, themselves there

Paul Theroux understands India intimately, as is clear from his various books based on the country, such as By Rail Across the Indian Subcontinent (1984); however, he does tend to present a rather well-worn image of the world's largest democracy which, today, is on the cusp of a major economic revolution. The problem of presenting a country that has traditionally been represented by snake charmers and nebulous rituals has forced many foreign writers to renegotiate India in their fiction. Paul Theroux manages this with some success in his latest collection of three inter-related short stories.

The stock dialogues and the pious homilies are all here. As a character in one story surmises a tragic death from another story, "He has left the body," in ...

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