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The cauliflower : a novel

Title
The cauliflower : a novel / Nicola Barker.
Author
Barker, Nicola, 1966-
Publication
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
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Description
291 pages; 24 cm
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Biographical fiction.
  • Historical fiction.
Call Number
JFE 16-10024
ISBN
  • 9781627797191
  • 162779719X
LCCN
2015041425
Author
Barker, Nicola, 1966- author.
Title
The cauliflower : a novel / Nicola Barker.
Publisher
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Type of Content
text
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
volume
Summary
"From Man Booker-shortlisted, IMPAC Award-winning author Nicola Barker comes an exuberant, multi-voiced new novel mapping the extraordinary life and legacy of a 19th-century Hindu saint. He is only four years older, but still I call him Uncle, and when I am with Uncle I have complete faith in him. I would die for Uncle. I have an indescribable attraction towards Uncle. It was ever thus. To the world, he is Sri Ramakrishna--godly avatar, esteemed spiritual master, beloved guru (who would prefer not to be called a guru), irresistible charmer. To Rani Rashmoni, she of low caste and large inheritance, he is the brahmin fated to defy tradition and preside over the temple she dares to build, six miles north of Calcutta, along the banks of the Hooghly for Ma Kali, goddess of destruction. But to Hriday, his nephew and longtime caretaker, he is just Uncle--maddening, bewildering Uncle, prone to entering ecstatic 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 21st-century literary master"-- Provided by publisher.
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Reproduction of (manifestation): Barber, Nicola. Cauliflower London : William Heinemann, 2016 9781785150661
Research Call Number
JFE 16-10024
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