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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 27.94mm | 318g
  • Tauris Parke Paperbacks
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1780760221
  • 9781780760223
  • 72,010

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'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 Dalrymple
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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).
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26 ratings
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4 27% (7)
3 46% (12)
2 8% (2)
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