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It has heag a little since reading but I still think its a captivating and interesting tale. Still more than worthwhile read. To remain in disingenuous infatuation with the man I am married to, I will slip into an affair with tangible consequences I avoid considering! Our main character in modern day is unnamed, but is visiting India to investigate the story of her step-grandmother her fathers, fathers first wife – her father was the child of the second wife.

She is a perceptive writer, but is something of an outsider.

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So they leave for the palace where the Nawab already waits for them to go to Baba Firdaus shrine. A generous critic could ascribe this lack of concern to Camus-style existentialism, but my impression was of an empty vessel; there only to carry the plot and the Anglo-Indian baby that will symbolically tie the book up at the end.

He also mentions a conflict with the Nawab who did not want to answer several questions. Later on the narrator talks to Inder Lal who also is not certain about the treatment but wanted to try it. That way, I will feel safe and in control, always. Saunders really wants to go home but her husband does not.

I already had this book as I had given it when I was teaching a Cambridge Proficiency in English class. In the s Olivia, the wife of the stodgy English civil servant, falls in love with a local Indian prince, becomes pregnant, and leaves her husband for him. This article about a historical novel of the s is a stub.

He feels it to be a mockery.

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Thank you for this review. Vy, I found it difficult to engage with the key characters and some of their actions and attitudes. Her step-granddaughter which seems an odd title as they never met however inhabits the poorer, if slightly more developed, Satipur. View all 4 comments. After a horrble ride they have to walk the rest of the way.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jhabvala was striving for a “lost in history” kind of ending where no one knew what happened to the great-great aunt so the story kind of ended He comes across as arrogant and manipulative — bordering on coercive — especially towards Harry, the young Englishman he has supposedly befriended. History, heritage, heirlooms the only possessions, rest belongs to others. Journal 12 June page 96 Chid writes letters to the narrator who is surprised on it.

As the narrator accompanies her often to her friends she gets to know Maji who is a kind of leader among the widows. View all 3 comments. Olivia is naive but adventurous, and she heay like the other British wives and their disdain for Indian religion and culture.

After she first met the Nawab—at a dinner party at his palace in Khatm—she was certain he would, within amd week, visit her in Satipur. She got a picture from India by the letters and now everything changed.

Her reaction to the crisis humiliates her husband and outrages the British community, breeding a scandal that lives in collective memory long after her death. Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Jan 16, J.

A group of three Britains arrives but the watchman refuses to open the bungalow because they have no official permit. Olivia becomes sad maybe because of the fact that she is not getting pregnant. The Nawab says that all the British are the same and so Olivia is shocked and sad.

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Chid is always hungry for food and sex. Anne writes in her own diary: They’d basically set a load of chatter against a vaguely exotic background dusst substitute a meandering trawl through middle English values with some weeping for a real plot.

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The young woman who came to India to discover more about Olivia is the narrator—neither her name nor the exact year she arrived are ever stated.

It is the first book about India under the Raj told from the female viewpoint. Selected Stories Kindle Edition. Her screams still are hearable and everyone is used to that except the narrator. Douglas Rivers, an upper echelon English civil servant, married and brought his adored wife, Olivia, with him to India induring the British Raj. She gives the narrator the advice to trust on Christ Jesus because otherwise there would be no survival because nothing human means anything in India.

futh What a bumper month. There’s no doubting that this is the work of a pro. I finished reading and journalled this book on Please try again later. Notify me of new comments via email.