Mandala Author:Pearl S. Buck From book jacket: — "Mandala — A schematized representation of the cosmos, chiefly characterized by a concentric organization of geometric shapes, each of which cotains an image of a deity. A symbol representing the effort to reunify the self. — Mandala is one of Pearl S. Buck's rare novels about India. Centering her story around a modern princely ... more »family of the New India, she explores the mysticism that pervades everyday life there. Extrasensory perception, reincarnation, and spirits are very real concerns of the Maharana Prince Jagat and his family.
Prince Jagat is the virile descendant of a warrior people. For the first forty years of his life, he has been content to expend his passion on tiger hunts, Political events strip him of his titles and most of his wealth, but not of his sense of responsibility to the local villagers. As the novel opens, he is embarking upon a scheme to turn an opulent but ghost-ridden lake palace into a luxury hotel for foreign tourists.
When news reaches him that his only son, Jai, has been killed by the Chinese in a border skirmish, his life changes even more. Convinced that Jai's spirit lives, Jagat's wife, Moti, will not rest until he sets off to find their son. The journey is a fateful one, for it involves Jagat with a beautiful American woman, Brooke Westley. Brooke's determination to avoid antipathies and follow her sympathies--a philosophical legacy from her dead grandmother--has led her to India, to Jagat, and to an unexpected meeting with a figure from her grandmother's past.
The fatal attraction between East and West, man's search for completion, and the awesomeness of Time affect all the characters in Mandala--Moti, whose ingrained passivity deserts her when she encounters the compelling presence of an English priest; Father Francis Paul, whose zealous missionary work among the low-caste Bhils does not prevent him from concerning himself with the soul of the fascinating Maharani;
Veera, Jagat and Moti's daughter, who flirts with the idea of refusing the marriage arranged for her, but cannot decide between tradition and emancipation; Bert Osgood, the brash young American businessman who understand just how much he should expect to give and take from India, yet cannot resist the charms of his employer's exquisite daughter; and Rodriguez, the old Goan servant whose loyalty to the house of Jagat affects the futures of all its members.
Pearl Buck brings to Mandala her unique knowledge and sympathy with Eastern peoples. With a sure touch, she evokes the sense of mystery and never-ending life in the mother country of ancient Asia."« less