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4.0 out of 5 stars shadows and light, January 2, 2011
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This review is from: Indian Journals (Paperback)
1962: Ginsberg and travel partner/lover Peter Orlovsky set out to live in India for an extended period of writing, spiritual seeking, and living in this multi-faceted culture.

The text fluctuates between journal entries, prose, and sketches, and Ginsberg's loose style permeates without. I appreciated his ability to make words work hard for him. Having spent quite a bit of time in many of the places mentioned in the writings, I had a personal connection with the book; he tackled the slums of Calcutta and the burning ghats of Benares with the utmost ease, and I found myself reading with a mix of wonder and bittersweet reminiscence.

Sadly, his daily drug addiction casts a shadow over spiritual nature of the journey, and even he seems to allude to the fact that he is clouded and limited in his insights because of it. Despite that, I still loved the read, and hope to be able to bring in some of Ginsberg's spirit and style into some of my own writing.
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Initial post: Mar 7, 2013 2:01:19 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 7, 2013 2:01:37 PM PST
KoreGoddess says:
Drug addiction and spirtuality are not mutually exclusive paths. And what do you call a drug? Hashish? Alcohol? Your view is prejudiced apparently only towards illegal drugs, many of which do far less harm than legal ones!
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