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
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
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
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
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
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
Author: Nayana Currimbhoy
Release Date: June 21, 2011
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 3.0 out of 5
Book Summary: A murder at a British boarding school in the hills of western India launches a young teacher on the journey of a lifetime.
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 scanda...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
The balance between mystery and drama made for an enjoyable novel.
I had wanted to read Miss Timmins' School for Girls ever since I had the pleasure of meeting author Nayana Currimbhoy at BEA. She and I could have talked for hours, and her passion lit up her eyes when she spoke of her novel.
The passion definitely came through on the pages, but what I did not expect were the complex relationships and cultural shifts taking place around the characters. It was a delicate balancing act, as for every...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
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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.”