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5.0 von 5 Sternen A brilliant book!, 4. Januar 2006
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Zemindar (Taschenbuch)
I first read this book about fifteen years ago and then lent it to someone - never to be seen again. Of course I had to buy it again, second hand hardback this time, and I was so delighted when it dropped through my letterbox a few weeks back. I've read it twice since then.
This book is magnificent, sweeping, detailed, and it's one of those books where you find yourself completely lost in the events. It follows the journey of a young English lady, Laura Hewitt, whose cousin Emily has married the man that Laura loves. Laura finds herself accompanying them on their honeymoon trip to India. Part of the reason for the journey to India is for Charles to meet his half-brother Oliver Erskine who is a Zemindar (a landowner of significant territory) and, as his mother hopes, to become Erskine's heir.
Through this book we travel with Laura, Emily and Charles during their sea voyage to India, as they adjust to Indian life staying with various relatives as they work their way into India and then, as they meet Oliver Erskine and then stay with him in his estate, we watch the flowering romance between Mr Erskine and Laura. This is described beautifully and the failings of the two main characters, as well as their good points, are shown to us. As India descends into turmoil we travel with the small group of people to Lucknow where they are beseiged, fight, suffer deprivations and illness, bereavement, all portrayed brilliantly.
The strength of this book is the detail of the life of India in the 1830s, the interaction between the two very strong main characters and their slowly building romance, the portrayal of people and their weaknesses and strengths in times of war, and the evident love of India that the author shows. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!
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Zemindar von Valerie Fitzgerald (Gebundene Ausgabe - September 1981)
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