The World In Our Time: A Memoir


452 grams
139.7×214.88×21.41 mm
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[A] wonderful account by one of the leading historians of India of the story of his life and of the class of landlords of Bengal to which his family belonged … This is a superb book – Amartya Sen The World in Our Time is not an autobiography in the simple sense of the term – the bildungsroman of a single man. It is the journey of a nation right from its inception to maturation. The wide arc of the book – the last days of the Raj with its attendant traumas the building of a democracy and even an analysis of life in Oxford – does not preclude its detailed and compassionate human interest; a true reminder that grand and sweeping events are after all comprised of little people. The author takes us on a roller-coaster ride through his early years in the idyllic surroundings of Barisal (now in Bangladesh) to the tumultuous 1940s when he was imprisoned for his involvement in the Quit India Movement to his extraordinary achievements as historian and academician all playing out against the momentous changes taking place in the world around him. This retrospective recounting of tempestuous times while being passionate and intense is also suffused with an understated and wry humour which in the words of Amartya Sen demonstrates that seriously enlightening history can also be great fun to read.


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