Book Reviews THE SECOND HIGHEST WORLD WAR : THE RAMA THEATRE. By Anoop Chandola. New York: Authors Choice Press, 2002. 237 pp. $14.50. In the first place, I do not know if Anoop Chandola's book is history, in a strict sense, or fiction, in a strict sense. The book purports to be an edited version of an Indian journalist's remembrances of growing up in the mountainous region north and east of Delhi during and shortly after World War II--a manuscript delivered to the editor by the journalist's father after the journalist's premature death. And it is a wonderfully convincing string of remembered stories, scenarios, and vignettes from the memory of a young boy in an isolated village that listens anxiously to far distant rumblings. The book's own summary as printed on its back cover reinforces the sense that this is a history text, referring to the narrative in the book as "memoirs"; however, in his endorsement printed on the book's first page, Stanley Wolpert describes The Second Highest World War as "a fine work of fiction." It is clear from the author's acknowledgements that the text of the ram lila play, which the book showcases, at least, comes
Asian Theatre Journal – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jul 30, 2004
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