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ISBN:0954352041
Author: Ved Mehta
ISBN13: 978-0954352042
Title: Dark Harbor: Building House and Home on an Enchanted Island (Continents of Exile
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Language: English
Category: Arts and Literature
Publisher: Sinclair-Stevenson 2004-11-25 (2004)
Pages: 288

Dark Harbor: Building House and Home on an Enchanted Island (Continents of Exile by Ved Mehta



Varying Form of Title: Continents of exile. Publication, Distribution, et. New York General Note: At head of title: Continents of exile. Geographic Name: Islesboro Island (M. Social life and customs.

Book DescriptionWhen Ved Mehta was first invited to Islesboro, a narrow, thirteen-mile-long island off the coast of Maine, he could not have imagined the far-reaching consequences of his visit. In sparse and evocative prose, Mehta describes the follies of constructing a house on an island far removed from that other island, Manhattan, where he lives, and where "sound-shadows" effectively allow him to live as if he were not blind. In Dark Harbor, sound disappears into the brush, banks, and woods like a stone tossed into the ocean. См. также: Биографии писателей и поэтов.

Book jacket information. When Ved Mehta was first invited to Islesboro, a narrow, thirteen-mile-long island off the coast of Maine, he could not have imagined the far-reaching consequences of his visit.

Ved Mehta describes the follies of constructing a house on an island far removed from that other island, Manhattan. Home All Categories Biography Books Modern Biographies Dark Harbor: Building House and Home on an Enchanted Island (Mehta, Ved, Continents of Exile. ISBN13: 9781568583440. Dark Harbor : Building House and Home on an Enchanted Island.

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When Ved Mehta was invited to Islesboro, a thirteen-mile-long island off the coast of Maine, he could not have. With echoes of Ibsen's Master-builder, Mehta details the folly of a blind man constructing a house on an island far removed from that other island, Manhattan, where he lives. Underlying this narrative is a richly allegorical tale about Mehta's own struggles as a writer and as a man. In the middle of it all, he falls in love with a much younger woman, whom he ultimately marries.

During the late 1960s, through his friendship with Annette Engelhard Reed, daughter of the precious metals magnate, he begins spending weekends in Dark Harbor. Whisked by corporate jet, followed by small private plane, to the Reeds' island estate, Mehta is hooked by the combination of unspoiled nature and social cachet. During subsequent visits to the Reeds, he discovers the perfect plot.

Reviews: 4
hardy
Forget the other Great Autobiographies like Paustowsky and Proust. Ved Mehta and his Continents of exile is far better then anything in this field of writing. In very elegant, humorous English he gives you the story of his life, and the angle differs a bit each time. That counts for the disappointed readers that expect a book about The New Yorker or A House On A Maine Island. What you get is the fascinating story of a blind Indian man that grew up in India, came to America, went to England and back to America, and combines all these influences and continents with humor and an intelligent attitude.
A great series and another great book.
Andromathris
A very good read.
Celore
I'm not sure what the reviewer from Marblehead's beef with Mehta's book is. It seems unfair to knock "Dark Harbor" just because it doesn't portray the stereotypical "Down East" Maine preciousness he or she holds as inviolate.
In fact, to think Mehta's book is or should be solely about rocky beaches and pine trees and lobster boats is missing the larger and much more subtle and poignant points this memoir seeks to make. I found it fascinating to read Mehta's account of building a dream home in spite of his blindness. Think of the central ironies at play here--a blind man obsessed with visual and spatial architectural details he cannot detect or enjoy the same way sighted people can, and yet driven to build a state-of-the-art home for the enjoyment of those around him. It is at once an act of tremendous generosity, considerable hubris, and deep-seated insecurity and sensitivity to the opinion and approval of others.
Mehta is not the first writer to describe his descent into a house-building money pit, but he is no doubt the first to describe the experience from this unique perspective. This material is rich with psychological complexity, as well as humor and wit, and Mehta invites us along on his bricks-and-mortar journey of self-discovery. If that trip takes us from Islesboro to Manhattan to his ancestral home in India, or from the isolation of his blindess to the social swirl of New York literati and high society, so much the better. Those intertwining worlds (the "Continents of Exile" after which he named his autobiographical series) only make for more fascinating reading. And his clear and lucid prose style--an elegant, charmingly antiquated type of writing one rarely finds published anymore--enhances the experience. There is much to enjoy and savor in this book.
superstar
Why should you read a book about building a house? Aren't millions of them built in the US every year? What's special about them?
Well, the author (who is building the house) is blind for one. Add to it the fact that, he couldn't afford it when he started building. And then he was building it on a remote island in Maine. If you thought that this is a recipe for disaster, you are correct. But he seems to persevere through the whole thing and builds a fabulous house in the end.
Two of the reviewers (I couldn't help notice both are from New England) seem to think that the book is about the beauty of Maine. And therefore conclude that the book is not a good book. So what is the book about? .. it is about a blind mans life, his aspirations and desperations; about how a house project always costs much more than is budgeted; about how a house is a never ending project; about architecture; and of course about the beauty of an island in Maine (but not just that).
All in all a very interesting read.