The beautiful, spoiled and bored Olivia, married to a civil servant, outrages society in the tiny, suffocating town of Satipur by eloping with an ...Show synopsisThe 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 TIMESHide synopsis
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Parallel stories, fifty years apart. A young woman sets out to find the story of her grandfather's first wife, Olivia. In 1923, bored and stifled (literally and figuratively) in a colonial outpost that her husband administers, Olivia is drawn into the circle of the Nawab, a minor prince, who is handsome, charismastic and rather shady. The ensuing affair scandalizes the family for decades to come.
The young woman, meanwhile, has her own transformative encounters with Indian culture. An enthralling book.
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