The Cauliflower

The Cauliflower

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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"Maddening, funny, playful and beautiful...Barker has once again invigorated an old form-the historical biographical novel-through electric wit and sheer bedazzlement." -The Washington Post To the world, he is Sri Ramakrishna-godly avatar, esteemed spiritual master, beloved guru. To Rani Rashmoni, she of low caste and large inheritance, he is the brahmin fated to defy tradition. But to Hriday, his nephew and longtime caretaker, he is just Uncle-maddening, bewildering Uncle, prone to entering trances at the most inconvenient of times, known to sneak out to the forest at midnight to perform dangerous acts of self-effacement, who must be vigilantly safeguarded not only against jealous enemies and devotees with ulterior motives, but also against that most treasured yet insidious of sulfur-rich vegetables: the cauliflower. Rather than puzzling the shards of history and legend together, Barker shatters the mirror again and rearranges the pieces. The result is a biographical novel viewed through a kaleidoscope. Dazzlingly inventive and brilliantly comic, irreverent and mischievous, The Cauliflower delivers us into the divine playfulness of a twenty-first-century literary master.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
ISBN: 9781627797207
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: Recorded Books, Inc

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SFPL_danielay Mar 03, 2017

Reading Nicola Barker is always an adventure. In this case she irreverently and imaginatively explores the life of Indian saint Sri Ramakrishna through the eyes of his devoted - or not so devoted - nephew and servant Hriday. It is not only an interesting window into Indian religion but also an exploration of devotion and spirituality.

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