Hindoo Holiday
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Hindoo Holiday

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by J.R. Ackerley, Eliot Weinberger
     
 

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In the 1920s, the young J. R. Ackerley spent several months in India as the personal secretary to the maharajah of a small Indian principality. In his journals, Ackerley recorded the Maharajah’s fantastically eccentric habits and riddling conversations, and the odd shambling day-to-day life of his court. Hindoo Holiday is an intimate and very funnySee more details below

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In the 1920s, the young J. R. Ackerley spent several months in India as the personal secretary to the maharajah of a small Indian principality. In his journals, Ackerley recorded the Maharajah’s fantastically eccentric habits and riddling conversations, and the odd shambling day-to-day life of his court. Hindoo Holiday is an intimate and very funny account of an exceedingly strange place, and one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century travel literature.

Editorial Reviews

Amitava Kumar
Ackerly's diary entries are a delightful mixture of nearly novelistic observations about a small group of characters that surround the Englishman in the small Indian town...Hindoo Holiday is a witty travelogue, endearingly free of any pretense and condescension.
The Nation

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590175248
Publisher:
New York Review Books
Publication date:
10/31/2012
Series:
New York Review Books Classics Series
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
774,144
File size:
1 MB

What People are saying about this

Stuart Hampshire
Hindoo Holiday sweeps the reader into a Firbankian world of total absurdity, in which the wildest fantasies of superstition and of sexual variety and experiment are the daily routines of the palace.
Evelyn Waugh
One of those books of rare occurrence which stands upon a superior and totally distinct plane of artistic achievement...It is a work of high literary skill and very delicate aesthetic perception and it deals with character and a milieu which are novel and radiantly delightful. What more, in an imperfect world, has one the right to expect?
V. S. Pritchett
His humour is the humour of pity and love. He is an artist of the understanding.

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