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One Last Look por Susanna Moore
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One Last Look (original 2003; edição 2005)

por Susanna Moore (Autor)

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"Calcutta in 1836: an uneasy mix of two worlds - the patient, implacably unchangeable India and the tableau vivant of English life created of imperialism's desperation. This is where Lady Eleanor, her sister Harriet, and her brother, Henry - the newly appointed Governor-General of the colony - arrive after a harrowing sea journey "from Heaven, across the world, to Hell." But none of them will find India hellish in anticipated ways, and some - including Harriet and, against her better judgement, Eleanor - will find an irresistible and endlessly confounding heaven." "In Lady Eleanor - whose story is based on actual diaries - we have a keenly intelligent and observant narrator. Her descriptions of her profoundly unfamiliar world are vivid and sensual. The stultifying heat, the sensuous relief of the monsoon rains, the aromas and colors of the gardens and marketplaces, the mystifying grace and silence of the Indians themselves all come to rich life on the page. When she, Harriet, Henry, and ten thousand soldiers and servants make a three-year trek to the Punjab from Calcutta under Henry's failing leadership, Eleanor's impressions of the people and landscape are deepened, charged by her own revulsion and exaltation: "My life," she says, "once a fastidious nibble, has turned into an endless disorderly feast."" "Harriet, whose passivity conceals a dazed openness to the true India, and Henry, with his frightened adherence to the crumbling ideals of empire, become foils to Eleanor's slow but inexorable seduction."--BOOK JACKET.… (mais)
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Título:One Last Look
Autores:Susanna Moore (Autor)
Informação:Gardners Books (2005), 304 pages
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The thing about this book that I loved was that it was written from the perspective of a modern woman, yet the world she evokes in her journals is very much that of an earlier time when the world was much bigger and more mysterious. Books set in India generally appeal to me...something about the richness of detail in everyday life. There was plenty of that here, along with a sense of what it may have been like to be among the most privileged class during the Raj. ( )
  Eye_Gee | May 8, 2017 |
Much better than In the Cut. Written in diary form, based on actual diaries, about a sister and brother who seem to have an incestuous relationship who go to India where he is some high level British governor. Very very interesting portrait of those times (1837-42). ( )
  bobbieharv | Jun 24, 2009 |
This is a wonderful historical novel set in Calcutta in 1836. History buffs will enjoy this story, based on real people and events at a time when the ideals of British empire are crumbling . Lady Eleanor, sister of the newly appointed Governor General of India (whose fall from grace made history) tells her story from the voyage to India to her return to England. ( )
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"Calcutta in 1836: an uneasy mix of two worlds - the patient, implacably unchangeable India and the tableau vivant of English life created of imperialism's desperation. This is where Lady Eleanor, her sister Harriet, and her brother, Henry - the newly appointed Governor-General of the colony - arrive after a harrowing sea journey "from Heaven, across the world, to Hell." But none of them will find India hellish in anticipated ways, and some - including Harriet and, against her better judgement, Eleanor - will find an irresistible and endlessly confounding heaven." "In Lady Eleanor - whose story is based on actual diaries - we have a keenly intelligent and observant narrator. Her descriptions of her profoundly unfamiliar world are vivid and sensual. The stultifying heat, the sensuous relief of the monsoon rains, the aromas and colors of the gardens and marketplaces, the mystifying grace and silence of the Indians themselves all come to rich life on the page. When she, Harriet, Henry, and ten thousand soldiers and servants make a three-year trek to the Punjab from Calcutta under Henry's failing leadership, Eleanor's impressions of the people and landscape are deepened, charged by her own revulsion and exaltation: "My life," she says, "once a fastidious nibble, has turned into an endless disorderly feast."" "Harriet, whose passivity conceals a dazed openness to the true India, and Henry, with his frightened adherence to the crumbling ideals of empire, become foils to Eleanor's slow but inexorable seduction."--BOOK JACKET.

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