Out of India

Out of India

Selected Stories

Paperback - 2000
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Chosen by The New York Times Book Review as one of the best books of 1986, this volume of stories, selected by the author from her own early work, represents the essence of her Indian experience. Bearing Jhabvala's hallmark of balance, subtlety, wry humor, and beauty, these stories present characters that prove to be as vulnerable to the contradictions and oppressions of the human heart as to those of India itself.
Publisher: Washington : Counterpoint, c2000.
Edition: 1st Counterpoint pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9781582430522
1582430527
Branch Call Number: FIC/Jhabv 6173cg 1
Characteristics: 288 p.

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Liber_vermis
Jul 02, 2012

This compendium of the "best" short stories gleaned from earlier collections spans the years 1957 through 1986. Many of the stories have a dark and aimless quality like a Ingmar Bergman movie. Many of the stories have characters and plots that are jagged, rough and verging on implausible perhaps from the unfamiliar Indian social customs. A recurrent theme, like the author's life, is the foreigner's experience in India. The best example of this cultural tension is revealed in the subtle story "Two More Under the Indian Sun".

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Jul 03, 2012

"It is more than ten years since Sofia committed suicide in the hotel room in Mohabbatpur. At the time, it was a great local scandal, but now almost no one remembers the incident ... The Rajah Sahib died shortly afterward - people said it was of grief and bitterness - and Bakhtawar Singh was transferred to another district." [The opening to the short story titled "Desecration"]

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