The cast of characters includes Hari, a reckless and passionate warrior; Sita, in love with both Hari and her husband Amar, a prince who wishes to forsake the world but is increasingly drawn into a bloody political struggle; and Sita and Amar’s son Jali, whose precocious encounters with sex and violence threaten him with madness.
At once a dream of India and a vision of a world riven by political, ethnic, and religious conﬂicts, The Root and the Flower is a work of great range and singular poetic beauty. It is, in Penelope Fitzgerald’s words, a “strange masterpiece,” and one of the unsung glories of modern literature.
About the Author
Penelope Fitzgerald (1916-2000) graduated with honors from Somerville College, Oxford, and worked at a variety of jobs until, in 1975, she published her first book, a biography of the pre-Raphaelite master Edward Burne-Jones. She was the author of two other biographies and ten works of fiction, among them The Blue Flower, Human Voices, and The Bookshop.
What People are Saying About This
…A unique work; there is nothing like it in the field of English fiction…The prevailing impression it leaves is one of beauty.
…Once you read the trilogy, the world is never quite the same again.
His philosophy, if it can be called so, or his sense of religious awe, seeps into the emotional life of his characters unawares…it puts this book far above those of his contemporaries…For that matter we can scarcely think of a more valuable book, and fortunately enough, a more readable book.
An exciting exotic adventure story…A remarkable work of imagination.