Megan Harlan
June 04, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mr. Dimock Explores the Mysteries of the East: Journeys in India

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Edward Cameron Dimock
genre
Travel

We gave it a B+

While travel writers these days favor brawny outdoorsy adventures — scaling Everest or crossing Arctic tundras — Dimock, an American professor, in Mr. Dimock Explores The Mysteries Of The East: Journeys In India relates an enjoyably old-fashioned, brainy, amusing travelogue about India, where he lived with his wife and five children in the 1950s and ’60s and has since visited yearly. In 20 essays centering on India’s culture — from vegetarianism to snake charmers, monkey mythology to population explosion — Dimock uses the great Indian storytelling tradition of layering vignettes within vignettes to illustrate his own evolution from bedazzled Westerner to learned outsider. It’s a journey that proves, for the reader, both charming and enlightening. B+

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