Shakuntala is a young Indian woman who returns to post-Independence Delhi from Oxford University. Sketching a gallery of fascinating and distinctive characters against a rich background, she draws the contrast between two very different families and their daily lives -- their squabbles, their politics, their love affairs, their expectations. She brings to life the nostalgic Englishman Esmond Stillwood, also the beautiful Gulab and her son Ravi, the elderly Uma, and Shakuntala's family and the neighbours Ram Nath and Lakshmi. A master of both the comic and the serious, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has constructed a richly ripe Indian comedy of manners. She strips bare that certain section of affluent Indian society which is particularly vulnerable to the seductions of an imperial presence, and brilliantly and wittily crystallizes some of the confusions that bedevilled India at the dawn of Independence.
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In the contrast the author draws between two very different families and their daily lives - their squabbles, their politics, their love affairs, their expectations - she crystallizes some of the confusions that bedeviled India at the dawn of Independence.About the Author:
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was born in Germany of Polish parents and came to England in 1939 at the age of twelve. She graduated from Queen Mary College, London University, and married an architect. They lived in Delhi from 1951 to 1975. Since then they have divided their time between Delhi, New York and London.
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Book Description Allen & Unwin, 1958. Book Condition: Good. 1st. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP76883578
Book Description Allen & Unwin, 1958. Book Condition: Good. 1st. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP83160294
Book Description Allen & Unwin, 1958. Hardbac k. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. X X; 256 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 96518
Book Description George Allen & Unwin, London, 1958. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Good+. First Edition. 256pp. No inscriptions. Dustwrapper rubbed/chipped. Black cloth, silver lettering. Bookseller Inventory # 13417
Book Description George Allen & Unwin, London, 1958. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition. Jhabvala's third novel, a social comedy set in post-colonial New Dehli. Jhabvala is no doubt the best Polish novelist writing about Asia in English since Conrad. Bookplate on front pastedown, else fine in fine dustjacket. A lovely copy. Bookseller Inventory # 5436