Search Results: "Shyam P. Mehta"


BOOK REVIEW

MURDER OF A SEANCE GURU by Shyam P. Mehta
Released: Dec. 15, 2012

"Short on mystery, but heightened by an impressive atmosphere and a first-rate inspector."
In Mehta's debut novel, a woman is murdered in the midst of conducting a séance, leaving the police swamped with motives and suspects. Read full book review >

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CINNAMON GARDENS by Shyam Selvadurai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 1999

"Selvadurai appears to be still learning his craft, but his gifts for compassionate characterization and clarity of statement augur well, and suggest that this very interesting new writer may be on the verge of producing major work."
An ambitious, often moving, but ultimately unsatisfying second novel'set in the former Ceylon in the 1920s—by the Sri Lankan—born (now Canadian) author (Funny Boy, 1996). Read full book review >

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SWIMMING IN THE MONSOON SEA by Shyam Selvadurai
FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2005

"A tasteful, wonderful exploration of a seldom-explored culture that will be at home in any YA collection. (Fiction. YA)"
Fourteen-year-old Amrith De Alwis is still dealing with the deaths of his parents eight years ago. Read full book review >

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FUNNY BOY by Shyam Selvadurai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1996

"Books in Canada First Novel Award for 1994."
A marvelous first novel, about growing up gay in Sri Lanka, that displays a precociously assured command of structure, pace, and tone. Read full book review >

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A VED MEHTA READER by Ved Mehta
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Too many pieces here are too mired in the time when they were written to endure."
paper 0-300-07561-8 Longtime New Yorker writer Mehta (Remembering Mr. Shawn's New Yorker, 1998, etc.) takes on the "awkward task"of selecting pieces representative of his 40-year career. Read full book review >

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QUARANTINE by Rahul Mehta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2011

"A rich study of family ties, romantic failings and cultural disconnection told in crisp, clean prose."
Debut short-story collection explores the lives of gay Indian-American men caught between multiple cultures. Read full book review >

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THE STOLEN LIGHT by Ved Mehta
Released: March 7, 1989

The sixth volume of Mehta's personal/family history, which picks up after he has left the Arkansas School for the Blind (Sound-Shadows of the New World, 1985) and joined his physician father in California. Read full book review >

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ALL FOR LOVE by Ved Mehta
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Moving and honest, if a trifle claustrophobic: Mehta's scrupulous attention to detail makes his account astonishing vivid and real, although many of the particular details (e.g., the prostate treatments he underwent to overcome his supposed impotence) are a tad more informative than necessary."
Four Girls and a Doctor: Mehta offers his recollections of the mostly unhappy love affairs that preoccupied his early years in New York, and of the psychoanalyst who helped him get over them. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"Pugnacious in tone and irreverent in critique, Mehta clearly loves her home and is maddened by it. (First serial to Vogue; author tour)"
Short essays about the ``alarming speed with which India is changing,'' by an admired novelist (A River Sutra, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE RED LETTERS by Ved Mehta
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A story of enough provocative, sensual grace to have fueled Scheherazade for a 1,002nd night."
Finding universals in the particulars of a father's short dalliance with a married woman, framed within the context of late-colonial India. Read full book review >

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RAJIV GANDHI AND RAMA'S KINGDOM by Ved Mehta
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Mehta's innocent faith in market forces and progress make a complicated story meaningful but also perpetuate Western anxieties about the alien, unpredictable, and menacing character of modern India. (3 illustrations, not seen)"
Essays (most originally published in the New Yorker) providing a lucid account of the chaotic course of Indian politics since 1982. Read full book review >

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NO OTHER WORLD by Rahul Mehta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Good, if muffled by an overcomplicated structure and a talky narrator."
Members of an Indian immigrant family in upstate New York struggle with their individual fates and burdens over two decades. Read full book review >