Hindoo Holiday by J.R. Ackerley
An Indian Journal (New York Review Books Classics)

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After reading and rereading Hindoo Holiday, I feel I know the characters, and it's exactly that familiarity that I'm looking for when I pick up the book from the shelf.
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In the 1920s, the young J. R. Ackerley spent several months in India as the personal secretary to the maharajah of a small Indian principality. In his journals, Ackerley recorded the Maharajah’s fantastically eccentric habits and riddling conversations, and the odd shambling day-to-day life of his court. Hindoo Holiday is an intimate and very funny account of an exceedingly strange place, and one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century travel literature.
 

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J. R. Ackerley (1896-1967) was for many years the literary editor of the BBC magazine The Listener. His works include three memoirs, Hindoo Holiday, My Dog Tulip, and My Father and Myself, and a novel, We Think the World of You (all available as New York Review Books). Eliot Weinberger’s most recent book is the essay collection Oranges & Peanuts for Sale.
 
Published October 31, 2012 by NYRB Classics. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Krishnadev Calamur on Jun 01 2012

After reading and rereading Hindoo Holiday, I feel I know the characters, and it's exactly that familiarity that I'm looking for when I pick up the book from the shelf.

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