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She also becomes pregnant by an Indian man but chooses to stay in India. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. And an interesting narrative it is: It’s possible to forgive, perhaps, the many caricatures.

Wallpaper that might be eye-catching, but hardly covers the cracks. Cross-posted at The Complete Booker: The narrator is obviously taken by Olivia — who was subsequently a persona non grata to the family— so much so urth, in an overused literary trick, Olivia and the narrator start to meld, having the same experiences and reactions.

It comprises two stories in parallel: I think there may be limited use in reading this novel these days, especially for those who find the writing as jhabvaka as I did; praser learn about India in the s or the 70s it’s probably better to read non-fiction, and its frequently stereotypical attitudes will annoy some readers. September 14, at 7: 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”.


Create a free rth or blog at WordPress. I have a particular fondness for literature dealing with the follies of Englishman in foreign lands so this slight novel really appealed.

It revolves around Olivia in the s, a new bride in India; married to a middle ranking and starchy civil servant and her step granddaughter who is unnamed in the s who is trying to find out about Olivia.

It is amazing how still everything is. Olivia is naive but adventurous, and she doesn’t like the other British wives and their disdain for Indian religion It took less than a day to read this – pages long and easy to read – but it’s a rich and fruitful book. Eamonn McCabe Looking back over the Booker club duts farI was surprised to note that I’ve become something of an apologist for the award.

The Nawab is looked upon with some contempt by Douglas and the other men in the English community.

Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

The heat is procreation, the dust death. But my interest has been piqued so I may have to look for this one. Its an epic distilled in a way, if thats not a cliche.

View all 3 comments. Cat on Savidge Reads at the Man Booke…. The Nawab in dusg book is certainly a caricature and has a lack of subtlety; he seems to be a composite of everything dst might possibly be wrong with the Indian upper class.

Right, so not a snob then. Follow me on Twitter rpj BL. Although this is a short read, it really packs an emotional punch and it is beautifully written. The rest of the time Olivia was alone in her big house with all the doors and windows shut to keep out the heat and the dust.

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I found the prose boring, and the parallels between the two protagonists’ stories became heavy-handed. She was in a good position to nhabvala this, herself having married an Indian and lived in India for a quarter of a century. Mi dispiace per gli alberi che sono stati usati per stampare questo scempio. An easy and excellent read.


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There are a great deal of parallel events that occur during this novel; allowing you to see how attitudes have changed over jeat years. 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. All you British people are the same.

She is a perceptive writer, but is something of an outsider. There are old-fashioned cars, exotic shaded shrines, a Moghul palace with storerooms brimming, most evocatively, with unused jhabavla 20th-century gadgets: Finding themselves in the same situation, both women must make life-changing decisions. Harry comes to stay with the Hjabvala in an attempt to break free of the Nawab while the narrator visits the Baba Firdaus shrine on the Husbands’ Wedding Day.

The beautiful, spoilt and bored Olivia, married to a civil servant, outrages society in the tiny, suffocating town of Satipur by eloping with an Indian prince.

Booker Prize recipient That characterisation – along with her scriptwriting work for Merchant Ivory – was pretty much all I remembered about the author at the time I started reading Heat and Dust. Let all the birth This is a very odd, Booker-winning book.