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Out of India: A Raj Childhood (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. Juni 2002

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""This extraordinary book is written with genuine wit and imagination - and you will not forget reading it."" "Michael Holroyd," Daily Telegraph"

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Born in India in 1937, Michael Foss's childhood was spent between the cold, grey austerity of Britain under threat, and the brightly lit and teeming vitality of wartime India. Here, beautifully evoked, is a childhood spent amongst grudging and unloving English relations; a sufferance of cruelly harsh schooling, a bleak, dank landscape; and a sense of permanent cold and a savage hunger even for dreadful food. All of this was suddenly changed for the sub-continent's jumble of conflicting sights and sounds and smells: the vital, stinking, hot, noisy, crowded streets; the calm, quiet grace of moghul architecture; the ancient Hindu kingdoms reduced to stones amid the roots of trees; the monumental Victorian buildings that echoed British power; the attitudes of the Raj; the self-conscious majesty and pomp. The British, the author notes, lived on but not in India. 'Our rules for living were not their rules,' he writes in this wry, affectionate reflection on a childhood spent between two continents, two civilizations, two versions of history.

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An interesting book, because you learn a lot about India and the English occupation after World War II and until the English troupes return home. All seen through the eyes of a boy, whose father is an English Officer, who was stationed in India with his family for many years.But I was always waiting that something exiting would happen........ it didn't.
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ein Stueck Geschichte ueber Indien zur Zeit der Engländer, teilweise aus der Sicht eines heranwachsenden Jungen, teilweise aus den Erinnerungen eines Erwachsenen erzaehlt.
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A thoughtful, well-written and pleasantly constructed reminiscence . I would recommended it particularly to readers who still have the 1940's in mind!
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Gave up after reading the first chapter. I am not sure what the author was trying to say to his readers.
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HASH(0x90a67d14) von 5 Sternen Wartime England and Pre-Partition India Through the Eyes of a Boy 13. April 2012
Von M.D. Taracido - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This lovely book is about a British boy's personal odyssey during World War II. It propels him between his birthplace in pre-partition India and wartime England. It recounts the loneliness and hardships suffered in acclimating to the drab and inhospitable England after his brother, mother and he were stranded there when their boat was torpedoed enroute to India. It describes the excitement and wonder he experiences when they return to the privileged world of the British in India. This is a tumultuous India in transition, one that was seeking its independence from the British. His time there ends right after Ghandi is assassinated and India is partitioned. But although he left India, it did not leave him. The narrative is at once amusing, touching and charming. The author has a way with words that borders on poetry. His descriptions bring to life both the lean days in wartime England and the magical India he encountered upon his return.
HASH(0x90a67d68) von 5 Sternen Cold and Lonely Work of Art 9. April 2014
Von Alex Soong - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book will please all those with a love of language. Michael's descriptions of his physical surroundings and of events are creative, evocative and pleasing. However, he does less well with the nuances of the human heart. We don't seem to get to know the narrator very well for he is a child looking at the world through adult eyes. Of his brother and constant companion, we know hardly anything while his parents are sketched almost like caricatures. The book also lacks a strong plot or the drama and tensions of story telling. Ultimately, it is like a beautiful jewel that one admires in a detached way rather than a pool that one immerses oneself in. It's still worth your time reading though.
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HASH(0x90a691bc) von 5 Sternen good book 29. Dezember 2012
Von AL - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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the book was great so I give it 5 stars based on the quality of the read. However, the quality of the paper back structure of the book is poor. My binding ripped and I only used it for 3 days. The book gives great insight into like of the Raj from a first hand point of view
HASH(0x90a691a4) von 5 Sternen Great read for those interested in Great Britain, Empire and its decline, India & Pakistan, and their emerging from all that 2. März 2016
Von George Tennant - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This interesting enough account of the experiences of a child from his later in life adult perspective is a pleasant enough read. Foss covers what I regard as a particularly riveting period in South Asia's history, and delivers it in a refreshing, engaging manner which I feel gives me a much greater understanding of India, Pakistan, Great Britain, and the decline of the Empire. Fascinating. That said, Mr Foss would do well to re-edit this well structured work to relieve some redundancy, and clear the line editing issues. All of that said, I strongly recommend the book, especially to the anglophiles among us.
HASH(0x90a69570) von 5 Sternen Interesting though somewhat slow read 8. August 2014
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A lot of interesting details about life in India but the story line is rather weak
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