Each of them has their own reason for leaving their homeland but the hopes and secrets they carry can do little to prepare them for what lies ahead in India...
©2008 Julia Gregson; (P)2008 WF Howes Ltd
This work relies on plot rather than character development. The prose style isn't anything to write home about but doesn't get in the way. Some aspects of the plot are too coincidental to be believed but all in all it was good entertainment. You won't be deeply moved or have any life changing experiences, but it is a good car trip book. Light reading/listening.
I'm not particularly a fan of this genre (drama??), but once in a while, i let myself get out of my reading comfort-zone, so i took a gamble with this book.
The blurb hooked me into buying the book (I must confess I didn't actually read the reviews, just saw the ratings) and at first, i was really dubious about being able to finish the whole book!
the best comparison i have for this book is: it's like slow-braised lamb - takes hours and hours to really get cooking, but well worth the wait. If you're a fan of flash-in-the-pan stirfry sizzle, it might not be your cup of tea, but as i said at the start, well-worth the wait...
I got this book because the plot looked interesting enough and it had all positive reviews. Am I ever glad that I purchased this book! The narrator was amazing and the story was captivating. Don't be fooled as this is not a romance. More of a coming of age novel for all three women who are the main characters. I could almost feel myself in colonial India, and understand why the British were not wanted there any longer. One of my top rated audiobooks ever listened to!
I think I could listen to just about anything narrated by Tania Rodrigues. Her reading is wonderfully subtle and nuanced, and she makes this unambitious novel about British women who travel to India at the end of the Raj era more engaging and enjoyable.
Compelling, colorful, and dramatic.
I enjoyed this long but involving story. Even at 600 pages, it kept my interest until nearly the end, then it felt a little bit too dragged out and anti climatic. The ending seemed abrupt. However, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to take dramatic journey to an India on the cusp of independence from English rule. The politics of the time are a backdrop but not a major part of the story, but the turmoil of the time does inform the events surrounding the characters.
The narration by Tania Rodrigues was perfect !
This is a great historical, romance epic novel. The narrator is excellent and the story is captivating. Loved learning some history of India while following the lives of the three women characters. This book is a delight to listen to and I look forward to another book by Julia Gregson soon. Well worth the time and credit!
I LOVED how the author tied a larger world-view up in the stories of three quite different ladies. I liked how the story slowly unfolded...I find this resembles how life works...generally no huge cathartic epiphanies, but smaller, slower revelations that lend themselves to a larger awareness or understanding. I had a difficult time turning this one off at the end of each commute.
"East of the sun"
I loved this book, found it a varied listen, covering the subject of India from an empire point of view, would love to listen to similar titles. Wonderful story, love the connection to India under the Raj
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