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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2000
Simply wonderful. I seldom read books more than once, but I've come back to this one so many times. Beautifully written with such touching stories. I bought a copy of this for each one of my friends' birthdays.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 21 August 2000
Like the river on which the book sits, the tales within flow beautifully and take you to places that you only ever see in dreams. I loved this book - an all time favourite.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 1999
Exquisitely written, this book tells a different story in each chapter, capturing the many cultures living together in India. This is a wonderful book, providing an insight into a whole host of religions, beliefs and myths, woven into very readable stories about human lives. You will not be disappointed.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2001
An interesting story, in an Arabian-story-telling-kind-of way. Setting is the beautiful Narmada valley. The story is of a life after life of a retired-from-the-world Indian beaureaucrat. Its India as many Indians see it - honestly, big on the dramatic & fanciful, brooding and introverted, and at the same time appreciative of all that is and was beautiful in India.
A good surprise and thoroughly enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2010
Plucked this book off my local library shelf on a whim. The story will perhaps resonate with those who are a little world weary and maybe seeking another path to follow.....I found it inspiring.
Tales are woven and spun and then are beautifully linked each to the other - I was engaged with each separate story so much that I didn't want to let the characters go at the end of each chapter. The flow of this book is itself like a river journey. Absolutely loved it.
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on 8 November 2013
Karma Cola is a very clever, funny book, and A River Sutra is kinder, more human. It has been a favourite on my bookshelf since I read it in 2000.
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on 18 February 2015
one of the few books I would read over and over again.
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on 21 July 2014
a thoughtful read. great service.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 2009
This book bases itself around a beurocrat who has given up that life to own an inn by the narmada river, very nice, and who he meets around this place.

Gita Mehta fails miserably to capture the essence of the true beauty of the area and focusses in on thin characters who tell simmilar stories, which actually go nowhere and mean nothing. It is a book which wastes time, and makes you want to gauge out your own eyes to have something vaguely interesting to do.

There is no actual storyline at all. It is simply a man talkin to other people who have less troubles than they appear to believe, and it made me angry in some places that Mehta has shown arrogance in places, with her style of writing, and often insults the readers intelegence.

STAY AWAY!
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