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My Family and Other Saints Hardcover – November 30, 2007
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Kirin Narayan's memoir of her childhood provides a very refreshing perspective on that era -- from the Indian side. The daughter of a spiritually skeptical Indian father and a spiritually adventurous American mother, Narayan's childhood family home in a beach community outside Bombay was quite literally a cultural crossroads.
As a sensitive adolescent who just wanted to be "normal," Narayan watched with ever-changing emotions as her many colorful Indian relatives interacted with the almost constant stream of bliss-seeking hippie tourists who sought out her family's home as a crash pad and her mother for advice on everything from renewing a visa to clearing their chakras. She tracks the course of her beloved older brother's spiritual growth, and his relationships with gurus who ended up becoming family friends (and well-known spiritual leaders).
There are many entertaining anecdotes and character sketches -- about her Indian grandmother who talks to her cow and always seems to be bumping into the spirits of dead gurus, about an artistic American grandmother who lives in a beach hut nearby, about her enlightenment-seeking brother Rahoul who teases young Kirin and makes little god-statues, about her mother's hopping from ashram to ashram in search of her own spiritual path. And not least about Kirin herself and her struggle to fashion her own identity in this mix of East and West, ancient and modern.Read more ›
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Kirin Narayan writes with a voice of profound personal honesty as she reflects about her cross-cultural family. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by A. Carter
The authentic voice of the author is delightfully evident throughout this book....I was totally enthralled by the story and captivated by the author's fine ability to tell it.Published on January 5, 2011 by astitchintime
This book touched my heart. I found it sad, often humorous, and even funny at times. It is part coming of age story, partly a window into the spiritual quest of the '60's. Read morePublished on April 16, 2009 by Ann Bost
This book has a way of both educating and entertaining while keeping you engaged the whole time. The cultural aspect is very heavy within the writing, yet I think the narration... Read morePublished on February 8, 2009 by Janice Poe
My Family & Other Saints by Kirin Narayan, Copyright, 2007, The University of Chicago Press, 236 pages. Read morePublished on January 6, 2009 by Loopy Book Club Editior
This autobiographical work goes beyond the personal story to capture moments in time that include the author's grandmother in her sari playing solitare on a formica table. Read morePublished on February 24, 2008 by N. Sutor
I commend kirin narayan for her ability to write such an honest account of her youth. Her experience as a part indian, part american girl growing up in Bombay was very interesting. Read morePublished on January 19, 2008 by ace
I grew up in the world Kirin Narayan writes about and found the book to be both emotional and objective. Read morePublished on January 19, 2008 by Spotboy