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Friday 21 March 2008
Magic realism got damp, boggy and English in Swift's 1983 masterpiece – a wonderfully rich novel that, as this 25th anniversary edition shows, has weathered the passing years. Set in the misty, mysterious Fens, a dream of a landscape and a meditation on history, it follows the fortunes of a clan, a place and even a nation from the Second World War to the Armageddon fears of the 1980s. Swift traces the dark spell of his "fairy-tale place" through winding streams of memory, fact and fancy.
Tuesday 12 February 2008
As dawn broke over the Ganges, India's holiest river, priests made offerings, locals brushed their teeth and men lathered themselves with soap – while Westerners snapped photographs.
Friday 08 February 2008
So farewell then, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, you taught The Beatles about meditation, then used their fame to boost your business. They came home and you went on to extend your international movement with a university in Iowa and headquarters in, most recently, Amsterdam. Now you are dead, some commentators seem eager to dismiss your teachings, along with all that 1960s flower-power indulgence, as a phase of naïve childishness that seized the youth of the time and sent it in the wrong direction.
Wednesday 06 February 2008
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a one-time guru to the Beatles credited with bringing "transcendental meditation" to the West, has died. He was thought to be 91.
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