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Author: Mark Tully
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0140179658
The Heart of India is something of a love letter, but of an unexpected kind ... one discerns the reporter's vigilance for detail, and for truth; above all, an innate understanding of the complex nuances of Indian life and culture.
The stories in the Heart of India are powerful moral fables, informed by a deep and almost elegiac sadness at the erosion of the old rural India before a riptide of corruption, brutality, intolerance and the mad, careless rush towards headlong Westernization...
For the space of these stories, Tully abnegates himself and becomes an irate landowner, an old Muslim ikkab-puller who owns a dilapidated horse-carriage, a peasant woman trying to become pregnant...His complete, unhesitating assumption of the lives and values of his characters is his way of embracing and participating in the life and contradictions of one part of contemporary India.
Full of color, noise and scent. A wonderful book, undoubtedly Tully's finest.