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Jul 29th, 2010, 04:59 AM
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I finished all three of Stieg Larsson's books - the third was the best. We also watched the Swedish version of "Dragon Tattoo" which was taut and well-done - lotta violence though.

I also just finished Dalrymple's "Nine Lives." Superb!

Couldn't finish "Beneath a Marble Sky." It seemed written more for a teenager than for a geriatric like myself.

I'll check out some of these other suggestions.
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Jul 29th, 2010, 06:31 AM
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I stayed up ridiculously late and got up ridiculously early to finish the 3rd Stieg Larsson; I think the first is the strongest, most complex yet compelling--but can easily understand why many would choose the third. And agree with you, Indianapearl, about the film version of "Dragon Tattoo." Friends report "Played with Fire" holds up very well, also. Am going to try to see it soon.

Am getting a copy of Nine Lives--but have two other books lined up before it.
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Jul 29th, 2010, 06:04 PM
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Ekscrunchy, Redmond O'Hanlon! Bravo! I must find my much read copy of Into the Heart of Borneo and read it again. (And be thankful that I am in Seminyak beach, not the heart of Borneo.)
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Jul 29th, 2010, 08:08 PM
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"How about "MAXIMUM CITY" by Sukretu Mehta. "The ultimate insider's view of Bombay" Love the book!! I found it extraordinary! Best non- fiction book of India. I think there will be a movie based on the book.

The "ELEPHANTA SUITE" by Paul Theroux. Particular and complex Indian characters and westeners that wonder into the country without knowing the amazing effect it will have on them.
Of course there is always "The Princess Remembers" and " THE NAMESAKE" which is beautiful!!

I agree with all about the Stieg Larsson books, they are great and you can't put them down!

For Spanish speakers...Javier Moro "Pasion India". Spanish girl(Anita Delgado)who married the grand Maharaja of Kapurthala, it is based on her life...
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Jul 30th, 2010, 02:22 AM
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That Mehta book is amazing, I agree! It should be required reading for anyone planning a trip to Bombay. And I, too, liked The Princess Remembers, but so long ago that this reader does not remember much...I can see my copy from where I am sitting. Maybe time to dig it out again..

Marmot: Good for you--ensconced in Bali at this very moment! O'Hanlon is truly one of the greats! Now I want to dig out my copies of his books.

On a related note: All the Wrong Places by James Fenton:

Another good (not new) one from the Ekscrunchy collection:
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Jul 30th, 2010, 11:58 AM
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I forgot to mention "TAJ MAHAL" Diana and Michael Preston. It is a must before going to India. The book is very well reasearch.. It reflects the history of the Moghul Empire and the building of the Taj Mahal.
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Aug 2nd, 2010, 04:54 PM
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Here's a recent online article entitled "Reading Through India":
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Aug 21st, 2010, 02:21 AM
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Here is one I read last year; now out in paperback in the US. It is about human smuggling of Chinese to the US and I found it fascinating.
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