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The granddaughter sounds kind of optimistic at the end, but I felt the author wasn’t very convinced by her either; I think RPJ treats everyone with detached cynicism, although some more politely than others.

One of colonial and the other independence circa s. There are old-fashioned cars, exotic shaded shrines, a Moghul palace with storerooms brimming, most evocatively, with unused early 20th-century gadgets: My onl This is a lovely little novel.

Jhabvala actually appears to take her characters totally seriously.

A beguiling story of two English women living in India more than fifty years apart. None have been average. This article about a historical novel of the s is a stub. Apr 05, Erika rated it really liked it. I haven’t read any of the others, but it’s clear from these wins that it was a big topic for British literary fiction at the time, and was predominantly written about from the British viewpoint all the winners other than V.

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Both women visit the Baba Firdaus shrine and dusst a wish. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. They are both in the region of Khatm and yet, with the time between them, they seem like very separate worlds and ones that in each case Jhabvala sets the atmosphere incredibly.

An eloquent and beautifully poised novella comparing and contrasting the experiences of two English women in Prswer. Everyone wanted to go to India, then. An unnamed narrator is piecing together the story hezt her grandfather’s first wife, who caused a scandal in the s when she took up with an Indian Nawab.


This book is told in parallel stories alternating between the s and the s. She began writing in and has written a dozen novels. When I try to protest, he works himself up more, He says he is perfectly well aware that, by Western standards, his house as well as his food and his way of eating it would be considered primitive, inadequate – indeed.

And an interesting narrative it is: When the granddaughter tries to explain the hippies to her Indian landlord a few years younger than herselfit sounds as if she has a little affinity with them: I tell him that many of us are tired of the materialism of the West, and even if we have no particular attraction towards the spiritual message of the East, we come here in the hope of finding a simpler and more natural way of life.

Perhaps there is a certain amount of cheap hippyish respect for natural local medicine and so forth, but there is a theme running through the book being subtly positive about greater solidarity between women.

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This page was last edited on 18 Mayat Crawford was away on tour and Douglas on his own in charge of the district. InOlivia is unhappily married to a civil servant.

She ends up becoming ‘seduced’ by India too. He’s a confirmed bachelor, you see, and so has to conform to Mr Humphries -style patterns of pathetic fruitiness. It is very short, so at least I wasn’t bored for that long. And Booker completists will read it despite its not having aged terribly well. They would have slotted into the s section of this book quite nicely.

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She remained there until the s when she moved to the US where she continued her already creative relationship with the Merchant Ivory team and had a hand in a great many of their f 3. View all 3 comments. More fundamental is the problem that the narrator is without shape.


Both women become pregnant and, although the choices they make are different, th In this short novel the reader follows the stories of two English women: It is difficult to understand why Olivia falls for either of the men she falls for; but apparently power is a great aphrodisiac. A story about the complicated facets of love and power, and how we often do not strive for what we most desire; it is always within our reach, if we are brave enough.

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Heat and Dust

Lists with This Book. This picture, which was a story on here the other week, and all your giggly responses to it were a highlight in tricky week or two.

I like the idea of your mini project, I am going to have to play blog catch up apols and see if you have started it. Whatever it was, that smile seemed like a miracle to me” I think talking to the judges about all things Green Carnation, then the Man Booker hype etc meant I needed an escape and I got a very refreshing one.

Tagged as Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. Sep 13, Julie added it Shelves: Published April 16th by Counterpoint first published This was an interesting period in India and the book should be good. Fifty years later, after hearing of her grandfathers first wife who disappeared, we meet an unnamed woman who wants to find out more about this mysterious Olivia and just what happened to her after she seemingly vanished and starts to follow her trail.

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Her husband returns to England, marries again and his granddaughter comes to India to seek information about his first wife. View all 10 comments.