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Maya: A Novel chapter 1 Maya: A Novel, meaning Maya: A Novel, genre Maya: A Novel, book cover Maya: A Novel, flies Maya: A Novel, Maya: A Novel ce1255f46109c This Debut Novel Deals With Sex, Loss, And RedemptionIt Is And India Is In Turmoil American Stanley Harrington Arrives To Study Sanskrit Philosophy And Escape His Failing Marriage When He Finds Himself Witness To A Violent Accident, He Begins To Question His Grip On Reality Maya Introduces Us To An Entertaining Cast Of Hippies, Expats, And Indians Of All Walks Of Life From A Hermit Hiding In The Himalayan Jungle Since The Days Of The British Raj, To An Accountant At The Bank Of India With A Passion For Sanskrit Poetry, To The Last In A Line Of Brahman Scholars, Stanley S Path Ultimately Leads Him To A Tibetan Yogi, Who Enlists The American S Help In Translating A Mysterious Ancient Text Maya, Literally Illusion , Is An Extended Meditation On The Unraveling Of Identity It Mines The Porous Border Between Memory And Imagination

10 thoughts on “Maya: A Novel

  1. says:

    I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.Maya is easily one of the best books I have ever read I worry that anything I say in this review won t do it justice I ve tried again and again to briefly summarize the plot like is done in a book report but nothing I write seems satisfactory So I will simply say that this book revolves around the story of one seeker s spiritual journey and metamorphosis But it is not simple It entails haunting existential angst, deep scrutiny of inner and outer experiences, identity crisis, and constant rumination on what is real and what is not Maya means illusion The novel is intense and profound and philosophical and wise, and it turned my brain inside out and upside down I had to read it very slowly in order to absorb all the depth and wisdom and detail of it and to savor the whole experience This book is mentally and emotionally demandingbut so unbelievably good I intend to read it againand again C.W Huntington is a profoundly gifted writer and Maya is, in one word, brilliant.

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    Not at all what I was expected while reading the summary And let me tell you that s a great praise It s a wonderful journey through words beautifully written The reader discovers India and its culture by following Stanley adventures The guy is lost and try to discover the meaning of life, love and who knows what By going in a foreign country to become a scholar, meditating and review his life Believe me the summary or my review will not do justice to this book as you travel by asking yourself a lot of questions, thinking the guy is high or dreaming while in really you are hooked on the prose, the scenery and the Indian history, folklore and beauty.In parallel of this story, I was reading Mahabharata, one of the two Sanskrit epics, and it has helped me with some references A book that really has picked my curiosity and offer me a way to escape and to think.Great read Luciehttp newbooksonmyselves.blogspot.fr

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    I don t know what to say about Maya I received a free copy of it at Book Expo America and I m grateful for that but I m unsure what to say because I enjoyed reading this book but it is very misogynistic and racist, so I would never recommend it to anyone, yet it is a def guilty pleasure I guess that s what I have to say The racism and sexism was, to me, so blatant in the ways the character fetishized India At one point he becomes self aware that he is part of this gross academic crowd that comes to India to boost up their own academic power and nothing else He doesn t want to use India as a tool and tries to respect it by distancing himself from academia and coming face to face with a lot of horrors that come with 1975 India and extreme poverty but he still doesn t fully get it He still makes microaggressions all the time Most notably, was after he was mocked for being a tourists after two years of living on Indian streets and he complains that he has been there for two years when will he ever be treated like an Indian Never Because you aren t and you can t be, it doesn t matter how much you budget your money so you can live poor like the people you aren t You always have a cushion in America And no amount of Indian costuming is going to take that away The thing is this isn t so subtle This is very blatant and sometimes spelt out and I was thinking okay so this character is kind of racist but this book isn t racist. because we are supposed to be a bit wary of this character, right But there is no real consequences for this character Okay, he has a nervous breakdown towards the last arc, that s pretty intense, but there is no clear line between racism to nervous breakdown And I know that not all books have to take an anti racist stand and be part of the political movement That a story can just be a story Yes, I get that But when you have a racist character who has no consequences for being racist then well are you being subversive at all Does it matter if we know he is racist or not Aren t you just upholding an already gross ideal of Othering the East Anyway, the misogyny, on the other hand, isn t even gray like the racism It is straight up every female character here is sexualized except one who is repeatedly described as maternal and boyish Every other female character, which there aren t much, are only described in relation to the MC s dick So fuck that And yet this is a guilty pleasure read And yet, the prose was outstanding, showing off how passionate the author clearly was about India 1975 India jumped right off the page, and parts of it are scary and parts of it are just beautiful, but honestly, all of it was beautiful in some sense Also, since reading this book, I been frantically researching meditation and Buddhism, so thanks for that And, though the MC was a bit of a douchebag, he was a complex and compelling douchebag And lastly, yes, some of the philosophy thought way too much of itself, but there were pieces of it that gave me some fat to chew.

  4. says:

    A well executed parable of the tension between the spiritual journey and the temporal one, only slightly marred by a slightly less than satisfying conclusion Gotta love a narrator who looks, unflinching, at his own warts.

  5. says:

    a great story, with much nitty gritty detail, of an American academic s quest to live an Indian spiritual, intellectual and ascetic life I was intrigued by the question of how much of the story was Huntington s own experience and how much was his creation.

  6. says:

    Words will never be enough to say what this book has meant to me.I will begin it again very soon and will keep re reading it, perhaps forever.I must thank Mr Huntington first for creating a story that is exactly what I would have wished for my own alternate life story His quest story are all things I would never have had the energy,courage, or patience to have done on my own, at least this lifetime He so magnificently created a world that to me was as visceral as I have ever experienced from fiction I also thank him so much for the wisdom, the questions, the laughter, the sadness, the despair, the joy he shares of living on this earth But maybe most of all, I thank him for the beauty of his writing As one reviewer noted I ve been waiting for someone to write a contemporary quest for enlightenment novel, but I didn t expect it to be this good It is so good It is so much than I ever hoped for My one word for it magnificent.

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    I received this book from Goodreads First Reads It truly was a journey in words My unfamiliarity with Indian culture left the story with an exciting exploratory nature and sent me on an adventure Being an American higher education student, however, brought a sense of relation to the story The themes of academic uncertainty and straying from the need for approval hit close to home.In addition to foreign culture, the story explores things in a somewhat epistemological manner, blending the conscious with the unconscious and the true with the false.

  8. says:

    A struggling, jaded, and fairly unlikable Fulbright scholar making a tortuous journey of the mind and soul in 1975 India Lush, descriptive writing, with some truly exquisite passages as well as numerous ideas to chew on about reality, language, academia, love, sex, to name a few Captures something essential.

  9. says:

    I ve just won a copy of this book via Goodreads Giveaways After it s arrived on my doorstep and I ve had a chance to read it and formulate my opinions, I ll post an honest review Stay tuned