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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.

Let all the birth This is a very odd, Booker-winning book. I mean, the second I reached the end, I heard myself saying as if by a reflex, “thank fuck that’s finished … that was a bit crap” – though hopefully the above paragraphs show it’s not quite that simple, and I did kind of enjoy trying to analyse it. Jhhabvala courted her friendship jgabvala and then the friendship turned passionate.

Trying to piece together the puzzle that was Olivia and discover what motivated her to change her life so drastically, Anne visits the places her “step-grandmother” frequented and interviews people who knew her or knew of her.

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 The beautiful, spoilt and bored Olivia, married to a civil servant, outrages society in the tiny, 3. Were her eyes not yet sightless–could she see Maji looking down at her? Eamonn McCabe Looking back over the Booker club so farI was surprised to note that I’ve become something of an rth for hewt award.


Copyrights Heat and Dust from BookRags. Anne writes in her own diary: Igoni Jbabvala 1 A. Olivia eventually becomes pregnant with the Nawab’s baby, and out of fear decides to abort the child.

The characters are well defined, especially the stuffy British wives, who live up to the colonial stereotype, the Indian characters remain interesting and traditional.

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Nov 20, Laura rated it liked it Shelves: They probably wouldn’t be bad books, but they certainly wouldn’t be great. May 20, Aban Aby rated it liked it. Olivia had married Douglas ihabvala England some 50 years earlier and moved with him to Satipur, India. November – Heat and Dust 19 31 Jun 24, View all 3 comments. The colonial servants are caricatures in many ways; and yet This site uses cookies.

Order our Heat and Dust Study Guide. It’s all too mild for that.

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Feb 25, Kilian Metcalf rated it it was amazing. Want to Read saving…. Retrieved from ” https: Looking back over the Booker club so farI was surprised to note that I’ve become something of an apologist for the award. Pankaj Mishra’s NYT review of another Prawer Jhabvala book refers to a s essay of hers which said “‘how intolerable India — the idea, the sensation of it — can become’ to someone like her… Jhabvala spoke of the intense heat, the lack of a social life and the ‘great animal of poverty and backwardness’ that she couldn’t avoid”.

This is what jeat book stands for, when a young woman, goes back to India to explore her family’s ties and the underlying gossips or truth for that matter.


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There’s no doubting that this is the work of a pro. So the story moves back and forth in time. Lists with This Book. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Her husband returns to England, marries again and his granddaughter comes to India to seek information about his first wife.

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. InOlivia is unhappily married to a civil servant. Email required Address never made public. Part 8 Section So the story moves back and fort Fascinating book about the contradictions between and at the same time love of Indian and English culture… The beautiful, spoiled and bored Olivia, married to a civil servant living in India, shocks society in the tiny, suffocating hot town of Satipur, by eloping with an Indian prince, the Nawab.

Because Jhabvala is clearly a good writer, and though the book is in journal form — not usually my favorite — it paces nicely and the writing has a nice kind of precision to it though somewhat pretentious, as mentioned before. They aren’t, but that’s not for want of exaggeration. It could be a story of any strange foreigner yousee roaming around the ruins of India exploring the Indian heritage or probably their own history thru the British regime of the past.

He feels it to be a mockery. Oct 14, Tori rated it liked it. My onl This is a lovely little novel.

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