On two planes in time, this book is in the form of a diary of English girl who goes to India to reconstruct the story of Olivia, her grandfather's first wife, who, in 1923, eloped with an Indian prince. The diarist goes to live in the little town in central India where the scandal was enacted.
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Pretty and indulged, Olivia is married to Douglas, a government official; and, providing she survives the heat and dust, is set to present him with a family and to augment his career. This is 1923 and wives are expected to uphold all that the British flag in India represents.Review:
A superb book. A complex story line, handled with dazzling assurance ... moving and profound. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has not only written a love story, she has also exposed the soul and nerve ends of a fascinating and compelling country. This is a book of cool, controlled brilliance. It is a jewel to be treasured ( The Times)
A writer of genius ... a writer of world class - a master storyteller ( Sunday Times)
Coolly assured novel ... Written with seek elegance, this book delves into the heart of an unmistakably seductive country ( The Good Book Guide)
Her tussle with India is one of the richest treats of contemporary literature ( Guardian)
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140237046