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City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
Author: William Dalrymple
ISBN 13: 9780142001004
ISBN 10: 142001007
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2003-03-25
Format: Paperback
Pages: 350
List Price: $17.00

First published in 1993 (by Harper Collins), this account of a year spent in Delhi is both personal and historical as Dalrymple (an author of other works on India) describes the people he associates with, great festivals (and their history), monuments and sites (and their history), the seasons, and the small details of everyday life. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Library Journal

Delhi has a richly layered past, and Dalrymple (In Xanadu, McKay, 1990) deftly peels away each layer to reveal how the city came to be what it is today. Djinns are spirits said to be seen only after prolonged fasting and prayer; they too are integral to understanding the city. The author, a young Scot carrying on the fine British tradition of travel writing, has a knack for meeting fascinating people and capturing their most revealing remarks. He introduces us to dervishes, eunuchs, partridge fighting, weddings, and expatriates. His wife contributes sketches that nicely complement his text. Considering the importance of Delhi, the capital of the world's second most populous nation, this book deserves to be in most public and academic libraries.-Harold M. Otness, Southern Oregon State Coll. Lib., Ashland