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A Blue Hand: The Beats in India Hardcover – January 1, 2008
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A fabulous bookand written with great verve and nerve about the Beats and their passage to India.
[A] dense, exotic, intriguing saganot just Ginsbergs but Indias too.
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A piece of devoted scholarship and legwork dunked in the screwy, hyper-intelligent, tragicomic essence of everything that drove Ginsberg to take a trip that not only changed his life but helped spawn generations of hipsters, hippies, writers, artists, rock stars, mental cases, and self-anointed medicine men.
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About the Author
Deborah Baker moved to Calcutta in 1990, where she studied Bengali and wrote In Extremis: The Life of Laura Riding, a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in biography. Since then, her essays have appeared in a range of publications, from The New York Times to the Calcutta Statesman. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If you want to get a taste of Ginsberg's life, this might suffice. Pretty good descriptions of the mercurial characters who were in and out of the famous beat poet's life. Plenty of focus on the Indian adventures of Ginsberg with his friends, and his wrestling with eastern philosophy is a focus as well.
Baker's depth of research is apparent, but this book is neither scholarly in tone nor a fun page-turner. It just feels labored. The few photos in the book are not captioned.