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With imaginative lushness and narrative elan Mehta provides a novel that combines Indian storytelling How to describe this novel? What it is about? I would say that is about life itself about life love and suffering “In his attempt to frighten me my father had made me realize that to prevent suffering a man must be capable of suffering that a man who cannot suffer is not alive”― Gita Mehta A River SutraThe majestic river serves as a connector to all these stories This is a novel about India the modern and the old country of mystery The author connects the ancient Indian mythologies religions and teachings with the present beautifully What a beautiful novel this is It could also be described as a collection of stories for it features many different stories The central characters is a man who has left his important job and in some sense retired He is without a family and wants to renounce the world However he keeps meeting different people who tell him his life stories and this makes him realize that leaving the world may not be as easy at it seems What it means to denounce the world? As he hears the stories of a mystic a monk a music teacher a courtesans and a government official our protagonists learns a lot but is left with perhaps even uestions than everI set to read this book during a ferry ride and despite being distracted by a horrid group of drunken tourists I managed to finish it in two hours It really says something about how wonderful this book is for that group of young men was insufferable When one watches TV you see this type of men the loud MTV style jackass idiots but I always assumed that those kind of people are not real Tourism made me realize that such specimens of humans not only exists but seem to be prevalent among young in Western societies I escaped the saloon in an effort to get from that pathetic sight but some of them went out as well and continued being obnoxiously loud Unfortunately despite their drunken state not one of them fell overboard so I really had to concentrate hard to be able to read during my trip However this novel was so engaging and well written that it made it easier for me to ignore the outside noise This was my first novel by Gita Mehta but I doubt it will be the least This is a gem of a book I do recommend it to everyone but especially to lovers of mythology and India
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D redeeming Conveys a world that is spiritual foreign and entirely accessible Vanity Fair Reading tour This book has stayed with me for years The poetry touched my heart when I was very impressionable I love how all the stories were woven together so seamlessly It made me realize at a very young age how connected we all are A beautiful work that I highly recommend
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With thoroughly modern perceptions into the nature of love love both carnal and sublime treacherous an Of the many stories and themes that flow through A River Sutra one stands out above all passion The individual stories that are told alongside this river are both awe inspiring and heartbreaking Altogether these stories of passion the story of A River Sutra function to demonstrate the functions of mythology as set by Joseph Campbell Here I will focus on the first and fourth function of mythology The pain that is seen throughout A River Sutra points to the metaphysical function of mythology “The impact of this horror on a sensitive consciousness is terrific – this monster which is life Life is a horrendous presence and you wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for that The first function of a mythological order has been to reconcile consciousness to this fact” Campbell Companion 3 Life’s “horrendous presence” is most clearly demonstrated in A River Sutra through “The Teacher’s Story” and “The Musician’s Story” It is worth noting that both of these stories are about musicians Among its many themes the novel also points to the importance of music as the sound of life – though that is a topic for another paperThe story of the teacher Master Mohan broke my heart It started so beautifully as Mohan found his young protégé and worked so desperately to provide him opportunities and ultimately happiness and safety This is a story of passion between teacher and student As much as Master Mohan was helping the boy the boy was also helping him With Mohan’s unappreciated status in his family the boy was a shining light When the boy was murdered in front of Mohan I cried I had to put down my text and mourn this child and the loss of beauty and hope I hesitated in picking up the text againThe following stories of the executive and courtesan lifted my spirits Each not only overcame a negative situation but seemed to be the better for having suffered through it I started to connect to the novel and felt hope returning In “The Musician’s Story” however I was again faced with life’s “horrendous presence” Though it was clear at the beginning of “The Musician’s Story” that there was not going to be a happy ended I did not think it would be uite so grim When the ugly woman was betrothed I saw a glimmer of hope Her passion for music began to soar As she spent time with the bridegroom her father’s student I believed I saw love in the making Knowing the story would end sadly I feared her bridegroom was going to be killed The fact that he freely chose not to marry her was actually far sadder Though this was not as heartbreaking as the murder of the young boy in “The Teacher’s Story” I was again left wondering Why do we have to face this pain? How are we supposed to reconcile it?The novel answered these uestions for me as it approached the fourth function of mythology “All societies are evil sorrowful ineuitable; and so they will always be So if you want to help this world what you will have to teach is how to live in it And that no one can do who has not himself learned how to live in it in the joyful sorrow and sorrowful joy of the knowledge of life as it is” Campbell Myths to Live By 104 “The Minstrel’s Story” reveals to readers that one cannot hide from life but must face it head on in order to actually be aliveNaga Baba first appears to us as a peaceful ascetic It is rather shocking when we later discover that he has become the unspiritual archaeologist And while this may be a rather dramatic example it acutely demonstrates how we must “reenter the world” Mehta 281 We cannot dwell in our sorrows nor hide from the world in a cave We must be in the world to experience it and to live Life eats on life Campbell has told us this A River Sutra has demonstrated it Life can be horrific However it does not end there It is horrific because we care because we have both passion and compassion Passion fuels us Without desire pain and struggle the glory of the world would mean nothing The pain that we feel in our life of passion is a sign that we are alive If we moved through safely unharmed untouched unmoved what would be the point?