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The Musicians and the Servants: A Novel of India
THE MUSICIANS AND THE SERVANTS: A Novel of India
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  • Paperback
  • Jul.15.2006
  • 9780595399017
  • iUniverse, Inc.

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Based on the author's experience as a midwife for servant families in North India, this story revolves around an impoverished servant family, and an all-night ceremony of flute ragas on the banks of the Ganges. In the summer season, a young man dies; in the monsoon season, his widow gives birth to their son. Life and death find their balance in the lives of the servants, as well as in the life of the young American medic who attends both the death and the childbirth, and finally, the all-night ceremony of music.
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Based on the author's experience as a midwife for servant families in North India, this story revolves around an impoverished servant family, and an all-night ceremony of flute ragas on the banks of the Ganges. In the summer season, a young man dies; in the monsoon season, his widow gives birth to their son. Life and death find their balance in the lives of the servants, as well as in the life of the young American medic who attends both the death and the childbirth, and finally, the all-night ceremony of music.

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The sun climbed higher into the cloudless sky, merging earth, sky and air together in its dust-laden glare. The air was stifled, still. There seemed no way to escape it, to step beyond it. It stopped your breath, parching to dust all that it touched. On the path before me the heat trembled, distorting the countryside into shimmering waves...

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This was my first book, written shortly after we returned from our time in India. It was about life and death - the eternal dualities which are so clearly visible in India. To me, the experience of Indian music was the thread that wove all the opposites together, and I have used it here - an all-night concert - as a way of demonstrating the stag

About Carolyn

Since a child growing up in Brooklyn, I have been a 'practical mystic.' This has led me to work as a midwife in India; a builder of strawbale houses; a classical musician and more recently, an improvisational singer for healing. For the last 50 years I have lived, with my...

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Author's Publishing Notes

This book has been published 3 times since it first came out in 1972. Scribners published it as a hardback trade book, and in 1985 a small local publisher (Heyday) brought it out as a paperback. Now, in 2006, it has come agai