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The Kashmir Shawl | [Rosie Thomas]

The Kashmir Shawl

1939: Nerys Watkins leaves rural Wales to accompany her husband on a missionary posting to India. Travelling from lonely Ladakh, high in the Himalayas, Nerys discovers a new world in the city of Srinagar. Here, in the exquisite heart of Kashmir, the British live on carved wooden houseboats and dance, flirt and gossip as if there is no war. But the battles draw ever closer.
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1939: Nerys Watkins leaves rural Wales to accompany her husband on a missionary posting to India. Travelling from lonely Ladakh, high in the Himalayas, Nerys discovers a new world in the city of Srinagar.

Here, in the exquisite heart of Kashmir, the British live on carved wooden houseboats and dance, flirt and gossip as if there is no war. But the battles draw ever closer. Nerys is caught up in a dangerous friendship, and by the time she is reunited with her husband, the innocent Welsh bride has become a different woman.

Years later, when Mair Ellis clears out her father’s house, she finds an exquisite antique shawl which holds a lock of child’s hair. Tracing her grandparents’ roots back to Kashmir, Mair embarks on a quest that will change her life forever.

©2011 Rosie Thomas (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Constance New York, NY, United States 01-23-13
    Constance New York, NY, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Panoramic, Beautiful, Smart Historical Drama"
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    This is an extraordinary historical drama. It mostly concerns the fortunes of three British women living during the British Raj period in India. They are the wife of a missionary, a hapless and naive soldier's wife, and an engineer's wife. Their characters grow--or are crushed--as the story develops. The setting and time are shown in both their brutality and beauty. The story shifts back and forth between the present day descendant of the missionary's wife and the 19th c. era, with the emphasis on the latter. Some aspects of this book are truly heart breaking, but in a way that gives the book a great sense of historical authenticity and emotional truth. The narration is spectacular, with Welsh, Scottish, English, and Indian accents effortlessly limned. There is romance, but it is far, far more than a sappy romance. Can NOT recommend this highly enough.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Colin EXETER, United Kingdom 05-21-12
    Colin EXETER, United Kingdom 05-21-12 Member Since 2005
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    "vintage Rosie Thomas"
    What made the experience of listening to The Kashmir Shawl the most enjoyable?

    Truly vintage Rosie Thomas, a captivating story in a fabulous setting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were so real, so varied and so believable.
    The setting between rural Wales & vibrant India transported the reader.
    The thread of the story made it un-put downable.


    What about Nerys Hughes’s performance did you like?

    I read the book but was unsure of the pronounciations so her reading helped to bring it to life for me.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the description of the shawl being spread out & drifting with all the beautiful colours being seen for the first time.


    Any additional comments?

    I rated this book as highly as "Sun at midnight " & "White" which I have always considered superb stories.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    C. Whigham edinburgh uk 10-08-12
    C. Whigham edinburgh uk 10-08-12

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    "nice story, easy listen"
    What made the experience of listening to The Kashmir Shawl the most enjoyable?

    i actually enjoyed the grandmothers staory most i think that could have been a book on its own! not sure why the granddaughters story was such a big part, it was a bit of a let down


    Have you listened to any of Nerys Hughes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    yes but i dont want to spoil it!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 03-01-14
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 03-01-14
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    "Talented author/narrator, book just didn't do it f"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. Rosie Thomas has a gift for beautiful descriptions of lush unfamiliar landscapes, Nerys Hughes' accents were compelling, but her dialogue was a bit flat and I found myself not being able to relate to the main characters.


    Did Nerys Hughes do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    For the most part. Her accents were good, but her pitch differentiation was not so much.


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely check out other Rosie Thomas books. Those who have read her other books seem to think that this is not her best work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RueRue 02-06-14
    RueRue 02-06-14

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    "An interesting but over-long narrative"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was enjoyable but much too long. The narrative would have had much more impact if about 100 pages had been trimmed off. The ending was much too drawn-out and anti-climatic.


    Would you recommend The Kashmir Shawl to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. There are other more interesting stories about India.


    What aspect of Nerys Hughes’s performance would you have changed?

    Narrator was fine.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hannah Fowler 04-06-13
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    "Adventure and Romance"
    Where does The Kashmir Shawl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have always wanted to travel to Kashmir, so I loved how the setting of the novel was portrayed! The contrast between life as a privileged Brit and poor native people was well-researched and believable. The natural beauty of Kashmir, and the descriptions of the houseboats were also intriguing. The end of the British Raj was an epic time in human history, and I thought the flashbacks between then and now were an effective method of spinning a wonderful mystery. As to the romance: I did not find the main character's extra-marital affair very sympathetic or compelling. I enjoyed the narrator's voice and thought it contributed well to the story.


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  • RJReynolds
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    7/7/14
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    "Just as I imagined Kashmir to be"
    What did you like most about The Kashmir Shawl?

    I loved the way The Kashmir Shawl was written. By using the inter generational aspects of the different lifestyles together with the bringing out the similar human experiences made the story come alive. However I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of the landscape.


    What other book might you compare The Kashmir Shawl to, and why?

    The Kite Runner because the landscapes are so similar and intrigue me, but also the inter-action between the characters in the different generations.


    What about Nerys Hughes’s performance did you like?

    Excellent


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many times, the poignancy of the miscarriage oa a much wanted baby, the death of a child, the need to find the truth of the Kashmir Shawl.






    Any additional comments?

    A thoroughly good listen, it left me feeling I must visit Kashmir.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sue
    fordingbridge, United Kingdom
    5/31/14
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    "I was a little bit dissapointed"

    This book although easy to follow was a little slow in the middle for me and I found myself loosing interest.
    Nerys Hughes Narration was great, but although I liked the book it is not a favourite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amelia
    United Kingdom
    7/14/13
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    "The shawl carries such a story"

    I enjoyed the book which was two stories within one novel the story of Mair and her hunger for information on the shawl and Nerys and her life in India and the rich imagery that brings.
    It was an interesting story and I personally found the character of Nerys much more interesting than Mair although both were essential to the story as it unfolded. I especially enjoyed the rich descriptive text which really drew me into the novel and made it interesting.
    I have not read any other books by Rosie Thomas but would consider them and really enjoyed the narrative by Nerys Hughes.
    I would recommend the book as I enjoyed it but would concede that it would not be to everyones taste.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Samara
    kesgrave, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "A pleasure to listen to"

    I was really hoping that this would live up to the cover description and be a trip backbin time. I was not disappointed the author managed the two main characters with great skill keeping you guessing as each story unfolds across the years. I will definitely read more from this Rosie Thomas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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