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A Strange Kind of Paradise

by Sam Miller

PUBLISHED: 4th June 2015
ISBN: 9780099555865
ANNOTATION:
Sam Miller investigates how the ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Chinese, Arabs, Africans, Europeans and Americans - everyone really, except for Indians themselves - came to imagine India.His account of the engagement between foreigners and India spans the centuries from Alexander the Great to Slumdog Millionaire.
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PUBLISHED: 4th June 2015
ISBN: 9780099555865
ANNOTATION:
Sam Miller investigates how the ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Chinese, Arabs, Africans, Europeans and Americans - everyone really, except for Indians themselves - came to imagine India.His account of the engagement between foreigners and India spans the centuries from Alexander the Great to Slumdog Millionaire.

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Sam Miller investigates how the ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Chinese, Arabs, Africans, Europeans and Americans - everyone really, except for Indians themselves - came to imagine India.His account of the engagement between foreigners and India spans the centuries from Alexander the Great to Slumdog Millionaire.

Publisher Description

A Strange Kind of Paradise is an exploration of India's past and present, from the perspective of a foreigner who has lived in India for many years. Sam Miller investigates how the ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Chinese, Arabs, Africans, Europeans and Americans - everyone really, except for Indians themselves - came to imagine India.

His account of the engagement between foreigners and India spans the centuries from Alexander the Great to Slumdog Millionaire. It features, among many others, Thomas the Apostle, the Chinese monk Xuanzang, Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta, Vasco da Gama, Babur, Clive of India, several Victorian pornographers, Mark Twain, E. M. Forster, Allen Ginsberg, the Beatles and Steve Jobs. Interspersed between these tales is the story of Sam Miller's own 25-year-long love affair with India.

The result is a spellbinding, 2,500-year-long journey through Indian history, culture and society, in the company of an author who informs, educates and entertains in equal measure, as he travels in the footsteps of foreign chroniclers, exposes some of their fabulous fantasies and overturns long-held stereotypes about race, identity and migration. At once scholarly and thought-provoking, delightfully eccentric and laugh-out-loud funny, this book is destined to become a much-loved classic.

Author Biography

Sam Miller was born and brought up in London, but has spent much of his adult life in India. He is a former BBC journalist and is the author of Delhi- Adventures in a Megacity (2009), Blue Guide- India (2012) and A Strange Kind of Paradise- India Through Foreign Eyes (2014). He is also the translator of The Marvellous (But Authentic) Adventures of Captain Corcoran (2016) by Alfred Assollant.

Review

Fascinating. -- Tarquin Hall Sunday Times Laconic and engaging... [An] attractive book. -- David Gilmour Literary Review Delightfully eccentric... A very readable account... Miller is the master of the must-read footnote, while matching the travel writer Eric Newby in his acute descriptions of contemporary life in India. -- Victor Mallet Financial Times [Miller] is a congenial guide. He has a fantastically sharp eye... Amid a torrent of sparkling details, what stands out is Miller's heartfelt love for the country. -- Alex Von Tunzelmann Evening Standard Sam Miller has written a wonderfully witty, wise, idiosyncratic and properly hybrid book that achieves the near-impossible. It is at once a touching personal memoir, a droll and discursive travelogue and an erudite work of literary criticism which somehow manages to be, at the same time, a hugely entertaining history of the world's often confused dialogue with South Asia over three thousand years. It is also, almost as an after-thought, a most moving love letter to India. -- William Dalrymple, author of City of Djinns

Review Text

"Sam Miller has written a wonderfully witty, wise, idiosyncratic and properly hybrid book that achieves the near-impossible. It is at once a touching personal memoir, a droll and discursive travelogue and an erudite work of literary criticism which somehow manages to be, at the same time, a hugely entertaining history of the world's often confused dialogue with South Asia over three thousand years. It is also, almost as an after-thought, a most moving love letter to India."

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"Sam Miller has written a wonderfully witty, wise, idiosyncratic and properly hybrid book that achieves the near-impossible. It is at once a touching personal memoir, a droll and discursive travelogue and an erudite work of literary criticism which somehow manages to be, at the same time, a hugely entertaining history of the world's often confused dialogue with South Asia over three thousand years. It is also, almost as an after-thought, a most moving love letter to India." --William Dalrymple, author of City of Djinns

Promotional "Headline"

From Thomas the Apostle to Slumdog Millionaire - how we imagine India, from the author of Delhi- Adventures in a Megacity .

Product Details

Author
Sam Miller
Year
2015
ISBN-10
0099555867
ISBN-13
9780099555865
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2015-06-04
Subtitle
India Through Foreign Eyes
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Pages
432
Media
Book
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Short Title
A Strange Kind of Paradise
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade