Friday, 22 May 2009
This book is set in the 1880s India and revolves around the life of Pree Fincastle a missionaries daughter. This is a huge sweeping saga. Totally engrossing and full of drama and hardship. I loved it, absolute escapism. I thing the hardships thrown upon her were a little extreme but not perhaps unlikely, at times I did feel what more can happen to her!
I thnk this would be an excellent reading group book as it deals with several contentious issues. The caste system, the role of missionaries. The effect India has on visitors, the way both English and Indian societies deal with women, and of course, what happens when secrets come out of the box! There are beautiful descriptions of the Indian continent and way of life you can almost smell it........
This is a dual time novel, where a French pathologist, is in hiding in Mont Saint-Michel. This part of the story is largely irrelevant and very light, as such it just provides a framework for the story in the past. In that sense the story does not really work as we have little interest in the present day, however, I did find myself skim reading it to get onto the action so I suppose it did provide suspense!
The story in the past is set in Cairo in 1928 and concerns some horrific events there that involve children. I have to warn that the descriptions are rather gruesome! It is however really exciting and it is very thought provoking as the ending is by no means cut and dried, we as the reader are left to make up our own minds and I think it is this device that might make this an interesting Reading Group read......... also do ghouls exist and who are they!!
I cannot imagine why it has taken me so long to discover these books. The adventures of Thursday Next. This is brilliant comic fantasy, if you love books and reading these will have you in stitches and re-reading to pick up all the references to other books within the story!! Please , please in another life can I be a Literatec! The thought of being inside the covers of Jane Eyre and being recued by Edward Rochester.......... oh dear I shall have to lie down!