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Impressing the Whites: The New International Slavery

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  • Paperback: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Invisible Man Books; First edition (15 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8187185023
  • ISBN-13: 978-8187185024
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 1.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,558,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x92248420) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92191534) out of 5 stars Excellent Book 8 Nov. 2006
By Mallika - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A thoughtful and very interesting book. A must for everyone who wants to have a better understanding of "The Other" in this case Indians. This is a book for those looking for an authentic Indian voice, unlike the usual brown sahibs paraded by the Western publishing Industry.

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9485d03c) out of 5 stars How now sacred brown cow 31 Aug. 2007
By Frank G. Feldman - Published on
Format: Paperback
Mr. Lakshminarayan's review is not a review at all; it's a smug and self-satisfied misreading of Nietzsche and Foucault, a transparent piece of projection/reaction formation. Ignore it. This book is not intended to change the world, but rather to reflect it in such a way that the reader laughs, squirms, recognizes his/her own hypocrisy and the blatant absurdity of most unquestioned social conventions. In this, Crasta succeeds in ways not unlike Sasha Baron Cohen's Borat character or Chris Rock race routines succeed, i.e., brilliantly. As social criticism the book is potent enough, but the sheer zany exuberance of it all make it far more than that-a delicious and mischievious pleasure. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92560cd4) out of 5 stars Impressing the Whites by Richard Crasta 11 July 2012
By Ghosh - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is good, intelligent and thoughtful writing with very acute insight and humor. If you are an Indian or have lived in India for a long time, you will be able to appreciate the strange idiosyncrasies of this culture. Nonetheless, some of us Indians can hold our own without feeling the burden of white expanse. But then my experiences as an Indian woman in America or elsewhere may not be the same as Richard's. Regarding the condescending nature of things, we in India have a plethora of them on every level - language, color, speech, schools, region, state, city, income, profession, English, dehati, etc etc. Nonetheless a good book and everyone should read it. I don't understand why so much fuss was created over Arundhati Roy's book which I could not read beyond the first page. This book is so much real and well worth the time. Writers like Richard Crasta should be celebrated for raising levels of understanding of human struggles, colonialism, foreign lands, and boldness of spirit.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a2b733c) out of 5 stars Impressing the Whites 12 Feb. 2013
By G.P. - Published on
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Richard Crasta's Impressing the Whites is a book I picked up on Amazon, and it granted me hours of enjoyment, and more than a few laugh out loud moments. The title is, like the content of the book, not to be taken literally, and to be understood as a humorously hyperbolic way of stating some important, and controversial, perspectives.

The book discusses in frank and blunt terms, the dilution and filtering of real voices from influential figures from developing countries, in particular Indian authors, who potentially have the power to change the way people view their country. The fervent belief of Indian authors, and more generally, many who come from developing nations and who want to succeed, that they must court the Western establishment in order to get anywhere, and the willingness of some Indian authors to offer not the truth, but a diluted truth suitable to Western publishers, is criticized hilariously through a lens of bitterness and wit.

Western establishments, particularly Literary ones, are criticized for quashing real voices from authors hailing from developing countries, and for offering Western readers not a real glimpse into another culture, but filtered, generic novels that play it safe.

It is call for everyone to be honest about telling their own version of the truth.
HASH(0x926a8690) out of 5 stars Independent voice of a courageous author refusing to toe the establishment line. 10 Mar. 2016
By Madhav - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Geographical colonialism might be a thing of past, but intellectual colonialism not just subsists, but thrives in the new global order.

Those who believe we live in a (largely) censor-free world with unlimited right to freedom of expression are in for a rude shock. This revolutionary book not just tears apart the glamorous veneer of the global publishing industry, but makes some deeply disturbing revelations about the current state of affairs.

The author speaks for browns / Indians / non-Whites and endeavors to be the voice of the voiceless. In that, he may or may not have fully succeeded (individual mileage differs), but his inadequacies, if any, certainly don't arise from compromising or sugar-coating his independent standpoint. Here's an intrepid writer raising his voice against the establishment and making fine observations with surgical insight (and at great professional risks).

Surprisingly this book's ideas are articulated with such a zany sense of humor - you feel both disturbed (content) and delighted (style) at the same time. Listen to the voice of a bold writer, you may as well discover yours!
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