Dark Harbor: Building House and Home on an Enchanted Island

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To build his house, Mehta hires the architect Edward Larrabee Barnes, famous for designing the IBM Building in New York, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, on Deer Isle in Maine, and museums including the Walker Art Center in Minnesota.

In sparse and evocative prose, Mehta describes the follies of constructing a house on an island far removed from that other island, Manhattan, where he lives, and where "sound-shadows" effectively allow him to live as if he were not blind. ...

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To build his house, Mehta hires the architect Edward Larrabee Barnes, famous for designing the IBM Building in New York, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, on Deer Isle in Maine, and museums including the Walker Art Center in Minnesota.

In sparse and evocative prose, Mehta describes the follies of constructing a house on an island far removed from that other island, Manhattan, where he lives, and where "sound-shadows" effectively allow him to live as if he were not blind. In Dark Harbor, sound disappears into the brush, banks and woods like a stone tossed into the ocean. With devastating honesty and poignant humor, Mehta details the many dilemmas he encounters during the construction of his remarkable house, from ever-climbing costs to a recurrent infestation of potato bugs in the newly built basement.

Underlying this narrative is a richly allegorical tale about Mehta's own struggles as a writer and as a man. Even while constructing the house, he finds himself building another edifice--helping to bring into being an enchantment he had thought might elude him. For the house in Dark Harbor is destined to become a home for the woman he falls in love with and marries and the children they have together.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781568583440
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Series: Continents of Exile Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.12 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Ved Mehta was a staff writer on The New Yorker for thirty-three years. He has been a MacArthur Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and has held the Rosencrantz chair in Writing at Yale University. Dark Harbor is an independent book in a continuing literary autobiography, Continents of Exile. The earlier books in the series are All for Love, Remembering Mr. Shawn's New Yorker, Up at Oxford, The Stolen Light, Sound Shadows of the New World, The Ledge Between the Streams, Vedi, Mamaji and Daddyji. His other books include Mahatma Gandhi and His Apostles, Portrait of India, and Fly and The Fly-Bottle.
His website is www.vedmehta.com

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