Heat and Dust
The beautiful, spoiled and bored Olivia, married to a civil servant, outrages society in the tiny, suffocating town of Satipur by eloping with an Indian prince. Fifty years later, her step-granddaughter goes back to the heat, the dust and the squalor of the bazaars to solve the enigma of Olivia's... show more
The beautiful, spoiled and bored Olivia, married to a civil servant, outrages society in the tiny, suffocating town of Satipur by eloping with an Indian prince. Fifty years later, her step-granddaughter goes back to the heat, the dust and the squalor of the bazaars to solve the enigma of Olivia's scandal. '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
Publish date: October 1st 2011
Publisher: Abacus Software
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Asian Literature
, Indian Literature
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...
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 ...
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...