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A powerful novel about idealism and its consequences set in the Himalayas. Set in Kashmir, this is the story of Sophie, a young and idealistic ...Show synopsisA powerful novel about idealism and its consequences set in the Himalayas. Set in Kashmir, this is the story of Sophie, a young and idealistic Englishwoman with two young daughters who decides to set up house in a remote Indian Village. She finds a tumbledown house nestled into the foothills of the Himalayas and there plans to live peacefully and frugally and at one with the villagers around her. However, she is blissfully ignorant of the turmoil that her arrival produces with the villagers soon in fierce competition for her patronage. Sophie's cook is finally prompted to take action and the consequences of his innocent plotting are catastrophic. This is a poignant story of the conflict between idealism and reality which has strong parallels with Rumer Godden's own life and experiences in the foothills of the Kashmiri Himalaya.Hide synopsis
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Description:Good. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. Audience: General...Good. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. Audience: General/trade. Creases/slant to spine, creased front hinge, interior yellowing but clean. This vivid, unforgettable novel sweeps the reader into a powerful human drama set in the savage splendor of a lush jungle countryside, where, in a shabby rented villa, a widow and her two young children struggle to survive.
This is one of the saddest of Rumer Godden's books of all that I have read but, like all her others, beautifully crafted. The story carries you forward even as you fear for the next trouble to come their way. It does end on a positive note but it is a hard road to get there.
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