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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,384 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Narrator: Julie Christie Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN:
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In 1923 the beautiful, spoiled, and bored Olivia, married to Douglas and his career in the Indian Civil Service, outrages the English and Indian communities by eloping with an Indian prince. Fifty years later, Douglas's granddaughter, armed with Olivia's letters, goes back to the heat and dust and squalor of the bazaars to find out for herself how Olivia could have been so affected by India that she turned her back on her own country.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori Baldi | 2/19/2014

    " I did enjoy the book. It was a little dated in the sexual freedom with few worries of disease. I think that I expected something different with more of the story and explanation of the story in 1923. The book was more focused on the parallels between 1923 & the 1970s of the step-grand daughter. There was a book called White Mischief that took place in colonial Africa that may be what I mistook this book for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Van | 2/14/2014

    " Short, quirky, and pretty interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nupur Lala | 2/12/2014

    " This is a surprisingly enjoyable and beautifully written book. Post-colonialism is at the forefront here and it's less irritating than in other books. It's also far more tasteful and realistic than most books in this category. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tasha | 2/12/2014

    " I read this book . . . I wrote down that I read this book . . . I have no memory of this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kersten | 1/23/2014

    " Didn't finish - only read 50 pages. Not getting into it at all. Tried adn went and read some toward the back and I see where the book goes but getting there is too much of a struggle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristofer Kristensen | 1/21/2014

    " Engaging parallel story lines that interweave despite many decades apart. I love stories set in former British colonies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/21/2014

    " This is one the the first Booker award winning books. I liked how the story was told using her grandmothers old letters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Eshaghy | 1/17/2014

    " Winner of the 1976 Man Booker prize. Very different. Has anyone read it? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arti | 11/27/2013

    " Nuanced writing, at times, sarcasm subtly embedded. Parallel stories of then and now, East and West, men and women. But somehow it fails to move or engage me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 11/17/2013

    " I think I'll try sme other Ruth Prawer Jhabvala novels before I make my final decision. This was one of her first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steph | 10/3/2013

    " I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. It had the makings of a great story but fell flat somewhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristyna | 8/15/2013

    " This was a fascinating story... but at times uncomfortable. I love how the colonial British India was paralleled with a post colonial story. The love and scandal were a subtle accent to the heat, dust and color of this book's India. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mansi | 8/11/2013

    " I am surprised the book has such great reviews. Nothing. Absolutely nothing happens in the book. If it were an animal, a tortoise walking past would be quicker. The entire storyline can be captured in 4 lines. Yep. Exactly that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelaine Blades | 8/10/2013

    " Starts as an interesting story but the ending is extremely weak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/20/2013

    " A jewel of a novel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 1/18/2013

    " absolutely amazing- one of the best books I have ever read. When I wasn't reading it, I found that I was thinking about it often. I am going to read everthing RPJ ever wrote- I am so glad I discovered her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgia Roybal | 10/28/2012

    " I loved the way the author sequenced the present action and the past action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dgoll | 9/6/2012

    " This is a very interesting book with many levels. The contrast between modern India and the latter days of the Raj is fascinating as is the contrast (or lack thereof) of the two women in the story. It is a book one will keep thinking about for a while. I am glad I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 8/20/2012

    " Told from the perspective of a niece who is unraveling the history of her dying aunts past in India during the 1920's, this book is a great introduction to colonial India. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 8/1/2012

    " The author paints a vivid portrait of India that is both evocative and unsettling. An intiguing mix of India in the 1920s and the 1980s with two strong female leads. An unnamed narrator who travels to India to understand the life and actions of her grandfather's first wife, Olivia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 4/26/2012

    " I really like books that are stories that contain secondary stories. This book gave me views of two different cultures: Indian and colonial Britain. Both heroines were interesting women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 3/27/2012

    " I've read this a few times now. Eachtime i begin it I wonder why I've kept this book on my shelf, and by the end, although not my favourite book, for some reason I keep it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 dirt | 11/8/2011

    " This book just made me angry. Boo-urns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaime | 9/4/2011

    " his is a beautifully-written book but it is very slow moving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 8/30/2011

    " read this a while back, will be re-reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Timothy | 6/28/2011

    " This won a Booker? Must have been a slow year. In case you didn't know, India is hot. And dusty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine | 6/27/2011

    " I thought this a well written, but tedious book. I found the characters to be stereotyped and I didn't engage into their lives. The writing is good, but the storyline to me, is old news. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trisha | 5/22/2011

    " Loved the sections about British India. Not sure the modern day sections were as convincing or understandable. Motivation or protagonist wasn't clear at all. Had to mark it down for that. Enjoyable though "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 5/16/2011

    " Short, quirky, and pretty interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nlala165 | 5/14/2011

    " This is a surprisingly enjoyable and beautifully written book. Post-colonialism is at the forefront here and it's less irritating than in other books. It's also far more tasteful and realistic than most books in this category. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 dirt | 3/4/2011

    " This book just made me angry. Boo-urns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim and Popie | 2/25/2011

    " Beautifully written, reminiscent of A Passage to India, tho the characters are not so likeable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adele | 1/24/2011

    " Beautiful, and almost painfully evocative of India! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dgoll | 1/23/2011

    " This is a very interesting book with many levels. The contrast between modern India and the latter days of the Raj is fascinating as is the contrast (or lack thereof) of the two women in the story. It is a book one will keep thinking about for a while. I am glad I read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarahbee | 12/27/2010

    " I did not intend to read this again, but I needed some romance and sexy Indian situations, which is the only reason I read it back in the 70s or 80s! Ruth Prawer Jhabvala is a little depressing usually, however, this one was a bit more upbeat and as I said, romantic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslee | 12/10/2010

    " My copy of Heat and Dust is autographed by Isamel Merchant just a few years before he died. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 11/19/2010

    " Loved it. Haunting tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 11/8/2010

    " read this a while back, will be re-reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yann | 9/17/2010

    " Good. Read in a day which says a lot for me. "

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