Miss Timmins' School for Girls
In 1974, three weeks before her twenty-first birthday, Charulata Apte arrives at Miss Timmins' School for Girls in Panchgani. Shy, sheltered, and running from a scandal that disgraced her Brahmin family, Charu finds herself teaching Shakespeare to rich I...more
Moira Prince also teaches at Miss Timmins'. She is unorthodox, a bit older, worldly, and troubled. Miss Prince, nicknamed Pin, has a mysterious connection with the school's director, and seems to have cast a spell on Charu, who becomes deeply involved with her and the group of bohemians who are her friends.
One night, Pin seems especially...more
This is a very strange book. It's a mystery wrapped in a veil of social commentary of the 1970s in India. I'm sure it will often get shelved in a lesbian/bisexual category, but I think it's more about love and growing up during those times. I categorize it as historical fiction, although since I grew up in th...more
Pretty cover, huh?
Merch held the view that the only reality was fiction. "This includes, of course, movies a...more
This book was much broader in scope than I had anticipated. I expected a who...more
Charu completes her education but because of a birthmark on her cheek is considered an unmarriageable girl by most families. She takes a job teaching at Miss Timmons' School for Girls in the Maharashtr...more
Then, narrator #2, one of the school girl...more
The mystery was good - too slow, but good. The coming of age story, not so much. Almost as if she really should have written it as two separate books. I found it hard to care what happened to Charu and much preferred Nandita as a character. The "two stories in one" also made it difficult for Ms. Currimbhoy to give either story its proper due, and the mystery lacks for it. She spent so much time...more
What I didn't expect was such an intense and complicated set of characters, the clash of Indian caste culture with British boarding-school rules.
Charu Apte is a Brahmin girl who graduates from college and wants to be a teacher. Her parents reluctantly agree because they know the prospects for her to marry are slim to none, due to a disfiguring...more
I loved this book. It's hard to believe it's a debut novel. My worst criticism was that I found it a little long and that it occasionally dragged a bit. On the other hand, I loved it so much, part of me wanted it to last even longer!
The story takes place in a boarding school in India, where upper class girls mix with British missionaries and rock and roll, drugs, and other influences of the time-it is the mid 1970's and the times, well, they tru...more
A bit draggy towards the end..
The writing was fluid and consistent..even when the voice shifted from Charu's to Nandini's, the thread was maintained with Macbeth.The shift in voice was also perfectly timed to avoid what would surely have been a prolonged grief reaction that the book might not have sustained.
The love (?) stories were disappointing due to inconsistencies between her relationship with Pin and the character of Pin;her relationship with Pin should...more
This is Nayana Currimbhoy's first novel. Her writing can only be described as lovely, and I look forward to reading more of her work. I'm not a fan of overt similes - X was like Y - and Ms. Currimbhoy is a master of the subtly evocat...more
Then I signed up for this tour. My first thought was, great, here we go again, but then I picked up the book and started reading and realized this was unlike any story set in India I'd read thus far.
The story of Charu was interesting enough - but add into the m...more
I requested the ARC for Miss Timmins School for Girls after reading the overview at Net Galley.
I was immediately drawn in by Nayana Currimbhoy's use of language and smooth writing. The 1974 setting in a small mountain town in India is unique and well drawn. Much of the story takes place during the monsoon season, and I could feel the perpetual dampness and visualize the land shrouded in mist and heavy squalls.
The fictional Miss Timmins' School for Girls is in this town--a British missionary boar...more
This book had an intriguing premise and lots of interesting tidbits about life in India, but somehow it didn't quite work. The book was way too long and dragged in many places; there were too many cha...more
I nearly stopped reading Miss Timmin's School for Girls by Nayana Currimbhoy after the first 125 pages. In fact, I put it aside and read another book before picking it back up and finishing the novel. While the background information in the first...more
In 1974, three weeks before her twenty-first birthday, Charulata Apte arrives at Miss Timmins' School for Girls in Panchgani. Charu finds herself teaching Shakespeare to rich Indian girls in a boarding school still run like an outpost of the British Empir...more
Right from the very first page we’re teased with the central mystery, and introduced in such a way that we’re immediately susp...more
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"Well, I'm not sure that they would be complex enough for competitions," she said. Pursing her lips, she blushed a dark, deep red. I knew I had said something wrong, but it took me a few days to understand the reason for Miss Manson's disapproval and discomfort. She blushed a beetroot red because I had unwittingly questioned the core belief of the school: British was Better.”