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For all India-lovers, an absolute must.,
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This review is from: India Discovered: The Recovery of a Lost Civilization (Paperback)
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.