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on 27 October 2001
A book which does full justice to "This Wonderful Country". Keay's India Discovered is a triumph of meticulous scholarship and erudition. Covering the fileds of art and literature, cartography and zoology Keay elegantly captures the spirit of William Jones and those others of the Asiatic Society who are the subject of this book. A book which is as compellingly readable as it is sophisticated and erudite and a must for any reader with a love of India, its cultures and its peoples.
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on 15 September 2012
The reproduction of this fascinating book quite spoiled the reading experience. Quoted passages from referenced works, which will have been indented and/or italicised in the printed version were in exactly the same format as the rest of the text. As a result one found oneself midway through a paragraph before realising that it was a quotation. Also, within these extracts the ellipsis (...) denoting an excluded passage seems to have been replaced by the ampersand (&), which was very confusing.

I like Kindle, but it must retain the quality of typographical reproduction of the book version.
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on 3 January 2010
I first heard about John Keay in another book by William Dalrymple where he wrote that John was an inspiration to him to write about India. This in turn inspired me to buy this book. As an Indian, this book was revealing and awe-inspiring in the scope of the discoveries that it describes. It is unimaginable that many (even more) important centres of history/culture have been destroyed or are maintained poorly and are falling to ruin.

This book is very well documented in parts, obviously backed by a lot of research, and tells stories about places/monuments in India as they were discovered by the British. The detail given on these is unmatched.
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on 6 December 2015
Although the author himself admits that our knowledge is forever expanding this fascinating description of the often eccentric 18th and19th century characters who researched and built our understanding of India's history is a really good read.
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on 9 October 2012
This marvellous book is one of my very favourite books on India. Its illustrations are superb, often beautiful, and the text is an absolute joy to read. Keay is one of those scholars - Gregory Schopen is another - whose acquaintanceship with his material is so masterly that he can be both acutely funny and perceptive, a rare quality indeed among academics. The book was also ground-breaking in being the very first to document for the general public the part played by those much-maligned 'Orientalists' - Sir William Jones, Alexander Cunningham, James Prinsep and others - in laboriously revealing India's past both to the world and to Indians themselves, and to whom we all owe an incalculable debt of gratitude as a result. Buy it. You won't regret it if you do. The hardback version, by the way, is the one which really brings out the full glories of the illustrations, and is well worth the extra cost.
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on 11 March 2016
This excellent book is about the British Viceroys, Governors, Officers and Orientalists who discovered, excavated, translated and preserved India's ancient monuments, relics and languages. Thanks to these men, India now has a real history, with its monuments and relics. Read it!
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on 31 December 2014
Very interesting
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on 17 August 2014
Great condition
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