The Elephanta Suite

The Elephanta Suite

Paul Theroux


This startling, far-reaching publication captures the tumult, ambition, problem, and serenity that mark today’s India. Theroux’s Westerners chance venturing a ways past the subcontinent’s well-worn paths to find woe or fact or peace. A middle-aged couple on holiday veers heedlessly from idyll to chaos. A buttoned-up Boston attorney unearths succor in Mumbai’s reeking slums. And a tender lady befriends an elephant in Bangalore. We additionally meet Indian characters as singular as they're reflective of the country’s refined ironies: an government who yearns to develop into a holy beggar, an earnest striver whose character is rewired through buying an American accessory, a miracle-working guru, and others.
As ever, Theroux’s graphics of individuals and areas explode stereotypes to exhilarating impression. The Elephanta Suite is a welcome present to readers of foreign fiction and enthusiasts of this outstanding writer.

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