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Heat and Dust A profound and powerful novel winner of the Booker PrizeSet in colonial India during the s Heat and Dust tells the story of Olivia a beautiful woman suffocated by the propriety and social const

  • Title: Heat and Dust
  • Author: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  • ISBN: 9781582430157
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • Heat and Dust By Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, A profound and powerful novel, winner of the Booker PrizeSet 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 priA profound and powerful novel, winner of the Booker PrizeSet 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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    1. 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 Fifty years later, her step grand daughter goes back to the heat, dust and the squalor of the bazaar to find out of Olivia s scandal and discover India for herself So the story moves back and forth in ti [...]

    2. 3.5 starsWinner of the Booker Prize in 1975 this is actually quite good Ruth Prawer Jhabvala is an interesting character her parents fled the Nazis in the late 1930s and she lost many family members in the Holocaust She lived initially in Britain and then married an Indian architect and moved to India in 1951 She remained there until the 1970s when she moved to the US where she continued her already creative relationship with the Merchant Ivory team and had a hand in a great many of their films [...]

    3. An eloquent and beautifully poised novella comparing and contrasting the experiences of two English women in India The unnamed narrator travels to India to investigate and tell the story of her father s first wife, a bored housewife who has an affair with a local prince Their two stories are alternated and have many parallels, as well as contrasts between colonial and independent India It is easy to see why this book won the Booker prize.

    4. This short novel tells the story of two women, in two different era s First there is the spoiled and unhappy Oliva, in 1923 colonial India, who outrages society by having an affair with the local Nawab Olivia s husband Douglas divorces her and remarries In the 1970 s, his granddaughter arrives in India to revisit the places her family once lived and to try to discover the truth about the scandal that surrounded her grandfather s first wife.There are a great deal of parallel events that occur dur [...]

    5. 3.5 starsThis was my first trial in reading Mrs Ruth Prawer Jhabvala s novel due to my disappointment with Ms Arundhati Roy s latest one entitled The Ministry of Utmost Happiness Knopf 2017 in which I could not go on around page 30 even though I had immensely enjoyed reading her The God of Small Things Fourth Estate 2009 For our better understanding, we should start with its brief synopsis The beautiful, spoilt and bored Olivia, married to a civil servant, outrages society in the tiny, suffocati [...]

    6. It took less than a day to read this 180 pages long and easy to read but it s a rich and fruitful book It comprises two stories in parallel the tale of Olivia who abandons her British husband when she goes to India and of her un named relative who goes to Satipur some fifty years later to solve the mystery of what became of Olivia She ends up becoming seduced by India too.Olivia is naive but adventurous, and she doesn t like the other British wives and their disdain for Indian religion and cultu [...]

    7. This is a lovely little novel It immerses you in two different yet parallel India s One of colonial 1923 and the other independence circa 1970s It is very hard not to draw comparisons with E.M Fosters great novel A Passage to India both dealing with the English Indian cultural clash and the somewhat mystical draw of India on the European character I have a particular fondness for literature dealing with the follies of Englishman in foreign lands so this slight novel really appealed My only compl [...]

    8. From BBC Radio 4 15 Minute Drama A beguiling story of two English women living in India than fifty years apart In 1923, Olivia is unhappily married to a civil servant Her step granddaughter travels to the subcontinent years later to investigate Olivia s life, which her family regarded as something dark and terrible.The story centres on the experiences of two very different women in pre and post Independence India One is circumscribed by English s and the formal social structures of the Raj whil [...]

    9. A decent book It actually brought me to tears in one particular instance Maji sat down under a tree and took the old woman s head in her lap She stroked it with her thick peasant hands and looked down into the dying face Suddenly the old woman smiled, her toothless mouth opened with the same recognition as a baby s Were her eyes not yet sightless could she see Maji looking down at her Or did she only feel her love and tenderness Whatever it was, that smile seemed like a miracle to me 114.I m a l [...]

    10. 1975 BookerAn excellent, quick read that jumps back and forth in time between 1923 and 1970s India, concentrating on the lives of the wife of a British official in 1923 and her husband s granddaughter in the 1970s.

    11. written in 1975, this book won the Booker prize of that year.Set in modern day of 1975 , but with over half the novel recounting events which happened fifty years prior, this books covers two very different times in India It is set in Satipur, in Uttar Pradesh.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.The story of Olivia Rivers in 1923 , is a famil [...]

    12. 3.5 stars not because it wasn t well written but because I read Ruth Prawer Jhabvala s short story collection, Out of India, prior to reading Heat and Dust, so the novel seemed less dynamic and compelling to me.

    13. This is a very odd, Booker winning book Even the title is provocative The heat is procreation, the dust death Ruth Prawer Jhabvala s unnamed narrator, referring to her alter ego and ex great aunt, puts it this way 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 p.17 So what Olivia at first shunned the crush of humanity in India the narrator embraces from the start, being, you see, modern Let all the birthing and dying [...]

    14. In your teens and 20s you are impatient to leave your roots and fly away to explore a whole new world, the charm of new, and in your 30s or 40s you think of going deeper and deeper to dig your roots, the hidden treasures, the legacy, the pas, the charm of old, even if it lies in Heat and Dust.This is what this 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 She is different and she chooses a different life a [...]

    15. This is definitely one of my least favorite Bookers It was dull, it was pretentious, and the main character was, in the words of Rizzo, a total drag Which might have been somewhat forgivable if it didn t have such a promising start 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 More importantly, she introduces a character t [...]

    16. In this short novel the reader follows the stories of two English women the narrator whose name is never revealed and Olivia, her step grandmother Set in 1923 during Colonial times and fifty years later in Independent India, the novel follows the narrator s attempt to trace Olivia s life her dissatisfaction with being an administrator s wife and her attraction to an Indian ruler who offered her an escape from it Both women become pregnant and, although the choices they make are different, they e [...]

    17. It was a cool look into what India was like post British colonialism You got to see parallels in today s, or 1970 s at least, Indian society too, the book kind of shows that India has taken old British Imperialism from their past and taken it over for their own particular ways of living.The author seems to think Indian culture will always change a person entering it, whether for the person s better or worse, and demonstrates this in the exact same story through a woman and her great great aunt T [...]

    18. A story about the complicated facets of love and power, and how we often do not strive for what we most desire it is always within our reach, if we are brave enough.A brief, sardonic summary Olivia It s so hot here There s so much dust My dear Douglas is right English women weren t meant for the heat I m bored and passive aggressive, and entirely unwilling to go out of my comfort zone to cultivate independent thought To remain in disingenuous infatuation with the man I am married to, I will slip [...]

    19. Unnamed narrator, in the 1970s is searching for information about her grandfather s first wife, Olivia Rivers, in 1920s India The book takes us back and forth from the 1970s through the narrator s diary entries back to the 1920s in Raj India and Olivia s story The book contrasted Raj and the India of the present The strongest element of the story was the evocation of India, especially through its descriptions of the climate mostly heat and dust This also served as a metaphor for the heating up a [...]

    20. This short novel had been on my shelf for years I probably originally bought it because of my great admiration for the scripts she wrote for Merchant Ivory films This is great too Interwoven stories of Anglo Indians in two time periods Quite romantic and lovely writing.

    21. olivia s step grand daughter travels to india 50 years later to try to resolve the enigma of her scandal the story is told alternately between the two women and it is amazing how some events and acts r reflected upon each otheri found it difficult to really connect with olivia but the breadth of the history of the country and it s people is a real eye opener made into a film many decades ago with julie christie and greta scacchi less than 200 pages which some will like and some will not bev

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