05 April 2009

In Hanuman's Hands; Cheeni Rao

In Hanuman's Hands: A Memoir In Hanuman's Hands: A Memoir by Cheeni Rao

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars

What an interesting, painful memoir. Cheeni Rao's tale of his life as an addict (one infected with Hep C, no less) and recovery rises from the trite to the incredible thanks to his interweaving of his family's Brahmin background, his faith(?) in Hanuman, his "conversations" with Kali, and his attempts to reconcile his family's curse.

Partly a book about India (Cheeni's first generation American), partly a book about religion, and partly a book about addiction, In Hanuman's Hands is something more than the sum of its parts. I could go on about the set pieces - his interactions with Salvatore, Sebastian, Jonas, Tav, Tats, etc - but that really won't do this justice.

Read it.

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