Chasing the Monsoon: A Modern Pilgrimage through India

By Alexander Frater
Read by Bernard Mayes

11.65 Hours 09/01/1999 unabridged
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This is the inspiring story of how one man realized his dream of witnessing firsthand the most dramatic of meteorological events: the Indian monsoon. Alexander Frater spent the first six years of his life on a South Pacific island, where his father, the only doctor within a thousand square miles, encouraged his fascination and respect for the volatile play of the elements. Frater brings this heritage to his observations on the monsoon, following it from its burst on the beaches of Trivandrum through Delhi and Calcutta, across Bangladesh, to its finale in the town of Cherrapunji, the “wettest place on earth.” With exceptional sensitivity and wit, Frater uses fact, impression, and anecdote to vividly describe his own experience of the monsoon while also illustrating the towering influence of nature over the lives of Indians.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Notable Book in 1991

This is the inspiring story of how one man realized his dream of witnessing firsthand the most dramatic of meteorological events: the Indian monsoon.

Alexander Frater spent the first six years of his life on a South Pacific island, where his father, the only doctor within a thousand square miles, encouraged his fascination and respect for the volatile play of the elements. Frater brings this heritage to his observations on the monsoon, following it from its burst on the beaches of Trivandrum through Delhi and Calcutta, across Bangladesh, to its finale in the town of Cherrapunji, the “wettest place on earth.” With exceptional sensitivity and wit, Frater uses fact, impression, and anecdote to vividly describe his own experience of the monsoon while also illustrating the towering influence of nature over the lives of Indians.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A delightful, unusual travel book, full of amusing perceptions about India and its inescapable links with the past, recent and remote.” New York Times Book Review
“One of the most remarkable travel books in recent memory.” Newsweek
“Never since Somerset Maugham has rain seemed so romantic.” Observer (London)
“Frater, travel writer for the London Observer, follows India’s summer monsoon to the wettest place on Earth…An unusual adventure, and a fascinating look at modern India.” Kirkus Reviews
“An exuberant rollercoaster of a book, it reveals India in an extraordinary way.” Melvyn Bragg, English broadcaster and author

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Author

Author Bio: Alexander Frater

Alexander Frater is chief travel correspondent for the Observer in London and has written for the New YorkerPunch, and others. He is also the author of numerous books, including Beyond the Blue Horizon.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 11.65
Audience: Adult
Language: English