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Heat and Dust - Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Heat and Dust
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A profound and powerful novel, winner of the Booker Prize Set in colonial India during the 1920s, Heat and Dust tells the story of Olivia, a beautiful woman suffocated by the propriety and social constraints of her position as the wife of an important English civil servant. Longing for passion... show more
A profound and powerful novel, winner of the Booker Prize Set in colonial India during the 1920s, Heat and Dust tells the story of Olivia, a beautiful woman suffocated by the propriety and social constraints of her position as the wife of an important English civil servant. Longing for passion and independence, Olivia is drawn into the spell of the Nawab, a minor Indian prince deeply involved in gang raids and criminal plots. She is intrigued by the Nawab's charm and aggressive courtship, and soon begins to spend most of her days in his company. But then she becomes pregnant, and unsure of the child's paternity, she is faced with a wrenching dilemma. 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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781582430157 (1582430152)
Publisher: Counterpoint
Pages no: 190
Edition language: English
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Osho
Osho rated it
Somewhat mannered, somewhat overwritten, and perhaps with too much parallelism, yet I still enjoyed this exercise in comparing and contrasting two women's lives in India across generations. The unnamed contemporary woman's experience seems like a somewhat tawdry version of Olivia's, but I suppose it...
What Happens in Books
What Happens in Books rated it
4.0
This is one of the few books that I have read twice, a long time ago.The book is set in India, and it talks about two women from different generations and how their lives was affected by India.I like the two different story lines, the different historical settings, and there are many differences in ...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
4.0
I loved this in the same way I love Forster - a story set in an age that bears no resemblance to today's sub-continent. Oh! the ridiculousness, but people's hearts were truly broken on the 'eti-quetti' of such ridiculousness.Sad. I am sure that there will be no need to delve into this glum pre-Ghan...
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