The Divine Supermarket

The Divine Supermarket : Travels in Search of the Soul of America

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Travelling in a battered camping van, Malise Ruthven set out across America in search of the manifestations - often bizarre and sometimes terrifying - of its religious spirit. The journey took him from the dark woods of Puritan New England to neo-Nazi cults in the Rockies; from Mormons and Snake-handlers to fundamentalist groups who challenge the teaching of evolution; from Channellers in California to the sexual and financial scandals surrounding millionaire TV preachers. The Divine Supermarket is his zesty and brilliantly-observed account of the journey, offering illuminating and humorous insights into the quirky soul of modern America.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 28mm | 340.19g
  • I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
  • Tauris Parke Paperbacks
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • map
  • 1780760221
  • 9781780760223
  • 55,648

About Malise Ruthven

Malise Ruthven is a writer and historian of the Islamic world. He has been a scriptwriter with the BBC Arabic and World Services and has taught Islamic Studies and Comparative Religion at the University of Aberdeen, the University of California and at Dartmouth. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, among other publications, and is the author of several books, including Fury for God, Fundamentalism and Encounters with Islam (I.B.Tauris, 2012).show more

Review quote

'A perfect and crazy concept - It's a rocking good read and something of a pocket guide to hell.' Time Out 'This is a significant travel book - it has clear purpose and is not just a ramble through America. As Ruthven himelf describes it, he set out to write "a kind of travel book: one that exposes the country's psyche as well as its social and physical landscapes." He is as good as his word.' William Boyd 'Ruthven is a civilised man, sharp-witted and clever, with an impressive mastery of American social and cultural history and he has written a brilliant account of his travels in search of our spiritual byways and backwaters.' Los Angeles Times 'Ruthven weaves accurate historical information with firsthand observations, interviews, and his own analysis. A readable book with some fresh insights. Recommended.' Library Journal '... One of our most consistently stimulating and sophisticated writers on contemporary religion ... .' - William Dalrympleshow more