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“Stranger than Fiction”

published 29/03/2006

AdvantagesBeautifully written, compelling story


...to England to be educated, and sometimes the Indian wife returned to England with her husband. The success or otherwise of this arrangement varied considerably, depending on the personalities involved. Dalrymple describes many of these marriages, some happy, some not. Secondly, the family of Khair un-Nissa is intricately tied up with the politics of the court in Hyderabad. James' position is...

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AdvantagesAn entertaining, engaging and thought-provoking travelogue.

DisadvantagesNone to speak of.

...INTRODUCTION I came across the work of travel writer William Dalrymple quite by accident. I had arrived early for a meeting in London, and, spotting a branch of Waterstone?s quite close to my destination, I wandered in for a spot of window-shopping. The artwork on the front cover of From the Holy Mountain (FTHM) was what initially attracted me, but on picking it up, the subject...

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AdvantagesFrequently fascinating

DisadvantagesNot quite what I'd expected from the title

...Having recently read Charles Fernyhough's "Pieces of Light: the New Science of Memory", I expected something similar, judging only from the title of Theodore Dalrymple's ''The Pleasure of Thinking: a Journey Through the Sideways Leaps of Ideas''. Instead of being a book about how people think laterally, as I thought it might be, it turned out to be something rather different, but ultimately...

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