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  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions (May 27 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811215334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811215336
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 390 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #980,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The story begins with Nilambar Gautam, a forest university student who travels the country at the time when Buddhist ideas were sweeping through India, he mets Hari Shanker a Buddhist and falls in love with Champa, the time passes and the next Gautam, Hari Shanker and Champa surface in new era- this time it is Moghul era and the arrival of Islam in India. Abul Mansoor Kamaluddin arrives from Baghdad and meets Champa, Hari and Gautam. The characters depict the civilisational conflicts, the mingling of the two great religions and the shaping of the new nation. The third era begins with the Europian advent in Asia and with Cyril Ashley, an English, the fourth character arrives in the book. The four characters return in successive periods in different roles until the bloody partition changes the geographical boundaries of the country. The magnificent description, the vast continuum of time and the canvas of the novel places it at par with Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, if not above. Had the book translated when it had been written, the author would have been ranked above Kundera and Marquez today.
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By Abida Ripley on March 11 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the finest pieces of literature I have read. There is history, philosophy, psychology and above all human relationship. I like the engaging style, the weaving of the events and the passion that can be seen through the pages.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, enchanting and a victim of regional bias Dec 10 2001
By Adnan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The story begins with Nilambar Gautam, a forest university student who travels the country at the time when Buddhist ideas were sweeping through India, he mets Hari Shanker a Buddhist and falls in love with Champa, the time passes and the next Gautam, Hari Shanker and Champa surface in new era- this time it is Moghul era and the arrival of Islam in India. Abul Mansoor Kamaluddin arrives from Baghdad and meets Champa, Hari and Gautam. The characters depict the civilisational conflicts, the mingling of the two great religions and the shaping of the new nation. The third era begins with the Europian advent in Asia and with Cyril Ashley, an English, the fourth character arrives in the book. The four characters return in successive periods in different roles until the bloody partition changes the geographical boundaries of the country. The magnificent description, the vast continuum of time and the canvas of the novel places it at par with Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, if not above. Had the book translated when it had been written, the author would have been ranked above Kundera and Marquez today.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A great novel March 11 2000
By Abida Ripley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the finest pieces of literature I have read. There is history, philosophy, psychology and above all human relationship. I like the engaging style, the weaving of the events and the passion that can be seen through the pages.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
brilliant novel that deserves a retranslation March 2 2014
By Tyree - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Buy this novel and read it. It's a classic of world literature, especially worthwhile for anyone interested in South Asian, post-colonial, or feminist literature. The "River of Fire" refers to the Buddha's Fire Sermon via T.S. Eliot's "The Wasteland." The one caveat is that the translation was done by Qurratulain Hyder herself. In places it's clear that the prose is inadequate to the novel's ideas and structure. My hope is someone worthy eventually gives this novel the translation it deserves.
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A classic Sept. 23 2013
By Arif Subhan, CCE, FACCE - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A great book to read over and over again. The writer finished the book in 1954 but reveals signs of events that took place 17 years later with such a deep insight, it is just amazing. Its a very thorough analysis of the mixing of cultures and religions which is India, with an incisive and eye opening view.
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Landmark book based on three thousand years of Indian history. Sept. 20 2014
By Debasish Ghosh - Published on Amazon.com
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Sweeping tale of Indian history. Shows Ms. Hyders erudition! The fact that
she was a product of India's composite culture comes through very clearly.

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