THE WHITE MOGUL
Englische Ausgabe von 'Der weiße Mogul' Roman von Al Gromer Khan
A teenage boy runs away from military service in Germany to become a hippie. In ’Swinging London’ Indian sitar music seems to be an interesting option in his quest for self-exploration. What starts out as a fun trip into an exotic universe soon turns into a forbidding maelstrom of ecstasy and obsession, of exploitation and abandon, of bliss and despair. In London and Bombay of the late 60s and early 70s dangerous and wondrous encounters unfold. Scenes of folly, cunning and deceit are inescapably interwoven – right up to the final act.
»A modern fairytale that doesn´t exhaust itself in a simple moral but leads the reader through amazing ups and downs and, by the way, comes up with some of the most beautiful descriptions of Indian music that I have ever read. A book that is salutary, thrilling, and funny» Peter Pannke RBB Culture Radio Berlin
Review by CHRIS SPECTOR, MIDWEST RECORD
AL GROMER KHAN/The White Mogul: Suppose Nick Hornby had other aspirations than being a Limey writing about music in hipster, American neighborhoods. Would he have it together to write this world wide novel of eye opening proportions that reads like a modern day “On the Road” with music as the driving force? Enough with the “Eat, Pray, Love“ already, guys have to have a few eye opening journeys as well when given the time and tide to pursue such opportunities. As compelling as any of the eye opening novels by Cohen, etc, Khan takes you on a journey that feels like Townes Van Zandt taking a side trip through the Indian music underground and perhaps coming out of it with his teeth intact. A thick tome that could easily be a commuters pal for several weeks of urban scooting, this is a dandy read that’s musically vibrant enough along the way to almost open your ears as well. Seekers, start your engines and check it out.