By C. W. Huntington
A gorgeous debut novel on intercourse, loss, and redemption
It is 1975 and India is in turmoil.
American Stanley Harrington arrives to review Sanskrit philosophy and get away his failing marriage. whilst he unearths himself witness to a violent twist of fate, he starts off to query his grip on reality.
Maya introduces us to an unique solid of hippies, expats, and Indians of all walks of existence. From a hermit hiding within the Himalayan jungle because the days of the British Raj, to an accountant on the financial institution of India with a fondness for Sanskrit poetry, to the final in a line of brahman students, Stanley’s course eventually leads him to a Tibetan yogi, who enlists the American’s assist in translating a mysterious old text.
Maya, actually “illusion,” is a longer meditation at the unraveling of id. full of wealthy observations and arresting reflections, it mines the porous border among reminiscence and mind's eye.
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And I’m opening my eyes and everyone’s opened their eyes, . . and we all close them again, the better to “Mother of God, Star of the sea, Pray for the wanderer, Pray for me” . . and I only sense that Janka’s leaning on 20 me— aah! its happened. And furtively I squirm toward the door with my maculate unhappy hand in my pocket. The German goes with me. He can see that impudent hand and that flight from the sullied Maytime church. And he looks at my head, which is gradually starting to seek out colors not in oak bark but in slops.
He goes where the sort who recruit for a dangerous voyage are on the prowl . . Oh, I know what you mean, it was the time of year for that . . We both remember those leaves that tore themselves off the maples and went spiraling . . Well then, you wanted to get free o f the civilized world, too, away from a cold continent to islands that swim in warm seas . . The station helped you to push off from the every day . . When all’s said we differ, you and I, as to the price we put on this gesture, but that’s another matter .
We correspond, pretending that its “an exchange of views,” but I can see he’s trying to convert me. ” He main tains that it’s women teachers and priests who’ve instilled in us Poles that mania for washing our hands and a supersti tious fear of breasts at the backs of our bodies, from between which oozes the unending serpent of our uncleanliness, expelled from paradise. After New Year. He seemed such a tough customer— and now he’s hobbling and in a bad way because the poor old chap’s heart is giving out.