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Islamic, Hindu or Buddhist-based fiction ?


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Initial post: Dec 17, 2010 5:45:05 PM PST
Anne Shirley says:
I would love recommendations for fiction (not really partial to typical romance novels though romance as part of a more complex story is fine) where the characters are Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist and their religion and customs and how this affects their daily life as part of the story. Can be Indie, but doesn't have to be. Price doesn't matter but must be on Kindle. Not looking for heavy politics either, just good fic.

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 7:06:02 PM PST
Spider Witch says:
Wish I had answer, as this be something I'd be interested in as well. I am Wiccan and fiction stories are just now becoming available in the genre.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2010 7:13:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2010 7:14:55 PM PST
Anne Shirley says:
I'm assuming there are Middle Eastern authors or Indian or Asian authors who are writing such books. At the time I remember hearing about a few I wasn't that interested, but now I am. I can recommend Eliot Pattison's books, set in modern Tibet and chock full of Buddhist & Tibetan teachings.
The Lord of Death: A Shan Tao Yun Investigation

I bought several books through the pagan book thread from about a month back.

Posted on Dec 17, 2010 9:54:15 PM PST
Lectrice says:
The Sari Shop WidowThe Sari Shop Widow used to be free, but is worth paying for.

Posted on Dec 18, 2010 3:43:13 AM PST
Joy B says:
Secret Daughter is one I loved, based in India and America . I read it as a library book, it is available as kindle but rather expensive.
Secret Daughter: A Novel

Also Sky Burial - China / Tibet - love story in one sense but so much more, chinese wife searching for lost husband through Tibet. Magical read. It is on my watch list is it is ever reduced in price.
Sky Burial

Posted on Dec 18, 2010 4:25:48 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2010 4:45:56 AM PST
Dragi Raos says:
Although Lord of Light fails your criteria in several ways (it is a SciFi classic that uses Hindu mythology as a backdrop and plot device, not the theme, and it is not available for Kindle), I will still recommend it. Also, may I ask you to click "Tell the publisher you want this book on Kindle" for me (the button is not displayed to non-Americans, it would seem)?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2010 4:47:19 AM PST
Dragi Raos says:
So, travelogues set in, say, India are fiction?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2010 4:54:58 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 18, 2010 5:17:04 AM PST
Karin Lib says:
The Palace of Illusions: A Novel, maybe? I really like Divakaruni's books, and I enjoyed this one

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2010 8:43:20 AM PST
Anne Shirley says:
Thanks Lectrice, I couldn't remember the name, knew I remembered a book like that mentioned on the forum.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2010 8:47:01 AM PST
Anne Shirley says:
Those both look good, BlueJay, thanks. Unfortunately, I can't get Sky Burial in the US :-(

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2010 8:48:28 AM PST
Anne Shirley says:
Interesting, Dragi! I clicked for you.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2010 8:49:18 AM PST
Anne Shirley says:
I knew, since I had seen the same post in the other thread ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2010 8:52:24 AM PST
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Anne Shirley says:
I decided to try
The Mistress of Spices: A Novel

Posted on Dec 18, 2010 8:56:46 AM PST
Andie says:
I really enjoyed The Namesake: A Novel The Namesake: A Novel]]

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2010 8:59:53 AM PST
lesley9 says:
BlueJay44

Sky Burial: An Epic Love Story of Tibet is haunting indeed. Read it awhile ago and I remember it well even now, months later.

Mooncat - I don't see any restrictions on Amazon for a USA buyer.....

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2010 9:02:37 AM PST
Anne Shirley says:
Thanks Andie.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2010 9:05:42 AM PST
Anne Shirley says:
I'm glad you posted, Lesley, because the link that BJ posted says "not available in the US", but your link works thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2010 9:15:19 AM PST
lesley9 says:
Mooncat

I checked out the description for The Mistress of Spices: A Novel . I grew up in Oakland, CA (which is in the East Bay area of the SF Bay area) and had a good laugh. It is about as exotic as a gym sock! This is a city that Gertrude Stein said "there's no there, there" once.

Posted on Dec 18, 2010 9:23:18 AM PST
ShirleyKat says:
Buddha

Blue Boy

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2010 9:32:29 AM PST
Anne Shirley says:
I know about Oakland - I live in LA ;-)
We probably have a larger Indian population in So Cal. Tons in my 'hood, plus "Little India" in Artesia.

Posted on Dec 18, 2010 10:18:39 AM PST
Joy B says:
Sorry Mooncat, I probably used the link from my wishlist.

Posted on Dec 18, 2010 10:47:33 AM PST
lesley9 says:
The God of Small Things: A Novel is a top echelon book and I cannot recommend it high enough. Lyrical, multi-dimensional novel set in recent time in India. Only recently put on Kindle format. $8.69 and well worth it.

Posted on Dec 18, 2010 11:09:45 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 18, 2010 11:21:12 AM PST
lesley9 says:
Siddhartha - my link is to the free version but there are perhaps others of a few dollars that may have better formatting (?)

Author is the great Hermann Hesse. This is his novel re the story of Buddha. Needless to say, it is great literature. I read it in college as part of a pre-WWII German culture class.

Siddhartha - $9.08 is, in some opinions, one of the better German to English translations. FYI
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