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Ark Minus Noah

Published May 3, 2005 by Fourth Estate .

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Editorial Review

"A charming, moving memoir of a pastoral Kashmiri childhood. Peter Hanley had British Indian parents but was raised single-handedly, with his brother, by his mother in the luxuriant valley of Kashmir, existing between two castes and classes, half-respectable, half-suspect as a family, bolstered by an Admirable Crichton of a steward in the shape of the magnificent Resha, one of the stars of this delicious memoir. Ark Minus Noah is principally a memoir of childhood delight, shadowed spasmodically by the incursion of various adult clouds. It's alternately charming, moving and amusing, evocative of the place and the time in a gently overwhelming way. Hanley writes beautifully about the natural world (the British colonists there were always rhapsodic about the place because it seemed to them like an idealized pastoral England) and, amongst other things, this book has the best writing about ducks you are ever likely to encounter...It is reminiscent of My Family and Other Animals, albeit relocated to the foothills of the Himalayas."

About the Author: Peter Hanley was born in London in 1949 and received a thoroughly alternative education in the wilds of Kashmir. He has since moved to Delhi where he works as a critic and journalist.

Table of Contents

PROLOGUE "For men han ever a likerous appetyt / On lower thing to parfourne hir delyt ... " -- Chaucer
CHAPTER ONE ONCE UPON A TIME : "Who has not heard of the ‘Vale of Cashmere...’" -- Thomas Moore
CHAPTER TWO JUST LIKE PEOPLE : "What shulde I seyn? of foules every kinde..." -- Chaucer
CHAPTER THREE HAMLET THE LAMBLET : "Is not thilke the mery moneth of May..." -- Spencer
CHAPTER FOUR PERCEPTIONS PERIPATETIC : "To use language appropriate to this volume..." -- Mrs Beeton
CHAPTER FIVE CHARACTERS SYMPATHETIC : "For out of olde feldes, as men seith..." -- Chaucer
CHAPTER SIX RED ROCK FARM : "My walls outside must have some flowers..." -- Wm. Henry Davies
CHAPTER SEVEN THE BEAR BEHIND : "Welcome grave stranger, to our green retreats..." -- Sir Walter Scott
CHAPTER EIGHT TUFTEESH, MY DEAR WATSON! : "Eliminate the impossible, and whatever remains..." -- Sherlock Holmes
CHAPTER NINE CHANGING GUARD : "There is no body but eats and drinks..." -- Chinese Proverb
CHAPTER TEN WHAT’S YOUR POISON? : "He myghte neither steppe ne stonde er he his staf hadde..." -- Langland
CHAPTER ELEVEN NOW TELL ME, PETER : "Wel bourded!' quod the duck, `by my hat...!" -- Chaucer
CHAPTER TWELVE COME ALL YE FAITHFUL : "The moot is of Mercy the manoir aboute..." -- Langland
CHAPTER THIRTEEN BATTLE AND TRUCE WITH PATRIARCHS : "The beloved of the Almighty are..." -- Sheikh Saadi
CHAPTER FOURTEEN KABALIS : "A child without a grandmother..." -- Kashmiri Proverb
CHAPTER FIFTEEN SHOOTING BRAKES : "The very first principle to be impressed upon the mind..." -- Hints on Shooting, 1887
CHAPTER SIXTEEN GUNPOWDER, FORESKINS, BEEF & DAL : "The mat takes a beating for the flea’s offences" -- Kashmiri Proverb
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN MUDDLESOME MANDALAS : "He who partakes of boiled barley gruel ... cow's urine ... liquid cowdung..." DharmaShastra
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN THE WRONG END OF THE STICK : "There is a destiny that makes us brothers..." -- Edwin Markham
CHAPTER NINETEEN SNAFFLING SERPENTS : "What is life if full of care / We have no time to stand and stare" -- Wm. Henry Davies
CHAPTER TWENTY REPRISE : THE CANON THAT WAS : "And think, this heart, all evil shed away..." -- Rupert Brooke

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