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Home > Books & Reviews > Pagan > Am I A Hindu? Search

Book Review:
Am I A Hindu? The Hinduism Primer

Author: Ed Viswanathan
Trade Paperback
Publisher: Halo Books
Publication date: August 1992
ISBN: 1879904063
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I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I find it difficult to read except as a reference book; on the other hand, at that, it is excellent. Were it written in a different style, I have no doubt I would have read it cover to cover, most likely in one sitting. It's written in a question-and-answer format between father and son, though, with the questions informal and the answers like encyclopedia entries...a clash I find extremely irritating. Had the book consisted of headings and the replies alone, I would recommend it without reservation.

As it is, I recommend it very strongly, because if you can treat the questions as headings, the answers are extremely helpful. The book, whatever its stylistic failings (and they may not bother others the way they do me), is indeed what the subtitle, "The Hinduism Primer", claims. The one non-stylistic problem I have with it is the lack of an index, though the table of contents is full enough to almost make up for that. A bibliography would also have been nice, but the text references the Hindu holy books, and a web search should be able to find English versions or sources for anyone who wants to go beyond the primer stage.

Overall, I would rate this 5 stars, or 9 on a 1-10 scale. Well worth the money.

Reviewed by Ann

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