Monday, July 01, 2013

Long Story

Well now I am glad I pressed on with this book THE HINDUS: AN ALTERNATIVE HISTORY by Wendy Doniger. (I'm only on page 78; is that really "pressing on"?) It's lively and conversational, full of playful asides: "I'd love to know what the scholars who came up with these ideas were smoking," she remarks of her predecessors. When she mentions a mythical sage "who had a single antelope horn growing out of his forehead," she explains parenthetically, "(his mother was a white-footed antelope; it's a long story)."