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En 1965, Sonia Maino, una estudiante italiana de 19 años, conoce en Cambridge a un joven indio llamado Rajiv Gan-dhi. Ella es hija de una familia humilde de los alrededores de Turín; él pertenece a la estirpe más poderosa de la India. Es el principio de una historia de amor que ni siquiera la muerte será capaz de romper. Por amor, la italiana abandona su mundo y su pasado ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published November 15th 2008 by Planeta Publishing (first published 2008)
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Raja Subramanian
Why did I even buy this book? It is true that I read any book that I can lay my hands on. I got this book primarily because I read somewhere that Youth Congress fellows burnt copies of the book in some form of protest, and I was curious. As I started reading the book, I realized that the author has put in tremendous efforts to narrate a fascinating tale. A fascinating tale of Sonia Gandhi - a much loved and much reviled person.

The dramatized storytelling keeps the reader hooked. While I have rea
Felicity Gibson
Sep 20, 2014 Felicity Gibson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Red Sari,
By Javier Moro,
Read September 12th 2014
This is the fictionalised biography of Sonia Gandhi, the leader of the Congress Political Party in India today. Mrs. Gandhi is suing the author, Javier Moro, for defamation in writing this book; it is banned in India. I happen to work in India and it is of particular interest to me. I admit the story and the details are fiction, however the core element of the book is real. Sonia Maino was a simple Italian teenager when she went to Cambridge t
May 11, 2013 Delia rated it it was ok
Sí, empezó siendo una lectura agradable, interesante y enganchante, sin embargo entre más avanzaba la historia más pesado era continuarla.
Me ha resultadodifícil terminarla. La fina línea de biografía novelizada llegó francamente a molestarme. Si bien tengo entendido Javier Moro no contó con la colaboración de la familia ni allegados a Sonia Gandhi para sustentar su historia, el aspecto de la novelización, después de tanto dato histórico tan detallado me chocó mucho y me hizo tedioso el final de
Jan 23, 2015 Myle_une rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you're not Indian and are interested in India's recent history (post-independence) and politics, then this book is a good introduction and a less boring way to do it than a history book would be. However, it is incredibly long and I felt uncomfortable with the many feelings given to the protagonists (Sonia Gandhi in particular) as well as the family scenes since they have mostly been purely imagined by the writer. The storyline is a lot based on these emotions, so in the end, it feels rather ...more
Jan 27, 2013 Carmenza rated it it was amazing
Excelente libro. Como documento histórico es interesante y como novela es apasionante. Si la historia fuera de ficción, sería no creible, pero es una historia verdadera que de alguna manera nos ha llegado a través de los medios de comunicación, solo que aquí se cuenta con todos los detalles. Se podría decir que es la historia de la India en la segunda mitad del siglo XX: un país increíblemente complejo y lleno de contrastes. Pero sobre todo es la historia de dos mujeres: Indira y Sonia. Dos muje ...more
Tariq Mahmood
Jun 01, 2015 Tariq Mahmood rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: india, europe
The story is very informative, about the well guarded secret life of the Gandhi family. Trouble is that there is no real story, in trying to present the family as any normal family the author has managed to create much boredom. For me the drag started after Indira died and Rajiv started his infantile attempts to woe the poor for votes. The author didn't really get the Indian political scene that well. Most of the other politicians mostly seemed clueless when it came to governing India. But one a ...more
María Clara
Nov 02, 2015 María Clara rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, español
Prácticamente me tuvieron que obligar para que me lo leyera y en realidad me terminó gustando más de lo que esperaba!

No es que no me lo quisiera leer pero yo tengo el terrible vicio de aplazar todo, así que por eso tuve que obligarme a leerlo, porque yo se que si no me ponía fecha límite, no me lo leía en los próximos 5 años... Y me lo leí y me encantó!

La verdad el libro no es que empiece de la mejor manera. El principio es tedioso y uno en la tercera pagina ya está al borde de las lagrimas, per
Aug 25, 2014 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.0 out of 5 stars -- Engrossing and well documented epic of the Nehru-Gandhi Dynasty

Although a novel, this story of the Nehru-Gandhi family and their dominance of India's fledgling democratic nation as leaders of the Congress Party, is told from the point of view of Sonia Gandhi as she witnesses tumultuous events in history from the vantage point of marrying into the political powerhouse and being the daughter-in-law of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. In an almost continuous "reign" with only a f
May 16, 2011 Lydia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, own
Keď som začala čítať túto knihu, myslela som si, že je to príbeh Sonie Gándhíovej. Aspoň tak to vyplývalo z anotácie na prebale. Áno, táto kniha začína ako rozprávanie o mladom talianskom dievčati, postupne však prerastá do spletitého rozprávania o osude členov Néhrú-Gándhíovskej dynastie, ako ich autor často nazýva. Červené sárí je rozprávaním o rôznorodosti , kultúre, tradíciách a obyvateľoch Indie. Ale aj o tragédiách, ktoré Sonii a jej rodine prináša politika a verejný život.

Mojej romantick
Lisa B.
My Thoughts - 4.5/5.0

This is the historical fiction story of Sonia Gandhi. Sonia was a nineteen year old, born and raised in Italy when she met Rajiv Gandhi, the son of Indira Gandhi. They fall in love and marry. When Indira was assassinated in 1984, Rajiv became Prime Minister. When he was assassinated, Sonia originally wanted to stay out of politics. She subsequently changed her mind and became President of the Congress Party.

Wow - what a story! Sonia’s transition from a shy Italian teenager t
Pam Thomas
Aug 24, 2014 Pam Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely brilliant book to read about Sonia Nehru-Gandhi and the loss of her beloved husband Rajiv who was the Prime Minister of India and how his name was on the list of a dozen terrorists, how after the loss of him she had to deal with the pomp and circumstance that befits a Prime minister, takes you back to her lifetime when she met Rajiv, how she herself was a catholic italian and changed her religion for both him and the people of India who respected her. How she was then asked to beco ...more
Jan 04, 2016 Divakar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I first heard of this book 4 years ago and tried to buy it. Realized that it was only in Spanish. Since the English version has come out and Javier Moro was on all the news channels in the last two weeks, curiosity took me to this book. If there is one word to describe it – it is BORING and DISAPPOINTING.

The extra-ordinary life of an ordinary uneducated middle class Italian girl (her only ambition was to learn English and become an ALITALIA air-hostess and see the world) and her transformation i
Rishabh Mishra
Apr 09, 2016 Rishabh Mishra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Amit Tyagi
Feb 13, 2015 Amit Tyagi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First things first, it is very difficult for me to understand, as to why did the Congress party object to this book. But now that they did, we the readers should probably thank them than anything else. I picked this book up with great expectations, to atleast tell me some hitherto unknown facet about the life of the protagonist, but sadly the book is a huge disappointment. I must confess that I am not really very familiar with the concept of 'fictional biography', but if it is a genre which over ...more
Sonia Kapoor
Jan 30, 2015 Sonia Kapoor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting dramatised account of the life of one of the most influential political figures of India. The book is an insightful account of the life of Sonia Gandhi but more so about how she learnt the ropes from the greatest political sensei of them all - her mother in law.
Rahul Sharma
Javier Moro's book has been in news since the time it was first published in Spanish in 2010 but was not allowed to be released in India because of protests by Congress. After a change in government, the book finally hit the stands in India. So, does it live up to the hype? A BIG NO!

The book traces the journey of Sonia Gandhi from her early years in Italy followed by her academic life in Britain where she first met Rajiv Gandhi and then moves ahead tracing her journey as the wife of Rajiv, daugh
Ashish Jaituni
May 05, 2015 Ashish Jaituni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
Interesting! 'The Red Sari ' by Javier Moro is a book which describes Sonia Gandhi as the perfect daughter in law, loving and understanding wife and also brings out the warmth of the relationship she and Rajiv shared from the time they met till he met his end.

Most of this book is history. The author has taken excerpts from books by Kushwant Singh, Pupul Jaykar, Katherine Frank, Minhaz Merchant, Tunzelman etc. to name a few.

Only in the beginning of the book we get to read a bit about Sonia's humb
May 02, 2015 Akshay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It is interesting to know how notoriety gives someone instant fame while building reputation is a lifelong struggle and a matter of luck. ‘The Red Sari’ by Javier Moro is a dramatised biography of Sonia Gandhi, one of the most powerful women in the world. The title alludes to the red sari which was spun by Jawaharlal Nehru in prison that was worn by his wife Kamala during the time of their marriage. My curiosity for the book began when the Youth Congress burnt copies of the book. Naturally, I wa ...more
Feb 14, 2015 Nivi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Red Sari is an interesting and engaging read of the lives of the dynastic Nehru-Gandhi family in Modern India. The book does a good job of extrapolating the very private life of Sonia Gandhi through the lens of Indian politics. It is important to note that much of the juicy conversations that sway the reader's understanding of Indian politics and the leaders' response are fictitious. So, it is not a good book to gain insights on the rationale behind the Congress's goveranace. However, it is ...more
Oct 29, 2014 Marjo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Readers Review

According to another reviewer, Felicity Gibson, who states that she works in India. This book is apparently “The fictionalized biography of Sonia Gandhi, the leader of the Congress Political Party in India today. Mrs. Gandhi is suing the author, Javier Moro, for defamation in writing this book; it is banned in India”. But the story is based on historical facts. I have not, at this time, finished the book…it is quite long and absorbing, I am almost half way. I find that I need
Maite Martin
May 22, 2012 Maite Martin rated it really liked it

Me engancho desde el principio, pero hay momentos en que se hace un poco pesado.Me pregunto cual fina es la línea que separa ficción de realidad y si el autor se ha entrevistado con Sonia Gandhi para conocer sus sentimientos y puntos de vista.
Ankita Srivastava
The Red Sari is chick-lit masquerading as contemporary history of India through the eyes of the Nehru-Gandhi family. The book is not about Sonia Maino's transition to Sonia Gandhi, as one would think - for there is little transition or transformation - she grows from being a good convent school girl, the peacemaker at school, to the good Indian bahu - the peacemaker at home. So little is the dimensionalisation of her character, that she is relegated to the background while the history of India a ...more
Soumya Gudiyella
Feb 15, 2015 Soumya Gudiyella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great read. The book is a biography of Sonia Gandhi. The major part of the books consist of political biography of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi and how their political life has influenced her.

The love story of Sonia and Rajiv Gandhi was gripping. It was interesting to know the perspectives of Indira Gandhi behind the Bangladesh War and Operation Blue Star. The book also delved into the internal family politics of the Gandhi family, between Rajiv and Sanjay, Sonia and Maneka Gan
Nov 29, 2014 Tina rated it really liked it


En esta novela es importante reconocer la ardua labor e investigación sobre el tema del autor. Su narrativa es excelente y sumamente amena, de sus libros se pasan las páginas con rapidez y sin tedio ninguno. Sin embargo, en esta obra, pienso que cae mucho en política y cuestiones de gobierno en la segunda parte y su lectura es un poco más lenta que en la primera que es preciosa.
Narra la vida de una chica italiana que se enamora en
Rohit Ghai
As i finished this book, I wondered...why in God's name would the Congress want to ban this??

The title claims this to be a dramatised biography of Sonia Gandhi...but it comes across more like a hagiography. More on that later.

The book starts well. Rajiv Gandhi's assassination opens the first few pages, and we are soon drawn into the life of the Gandhis. After devoting a few pages to the almost "Mills & Boon"-isque romance of Rajiv and Sonia, the author brings in arguably the most interestin
Gisella BV
Feb 01, 2016 Gisella BV rated it it was amazing
Para mi gusto un buen libro y muy interesante. Javier Moro narra, a través de la familia Nehru-Gandhi, la historia reciente de la india, la intensa vida de Indira, Rajiv y Sonia Gandhi y a través de ellos entendemos un poco más la complejidad de ese inmenso país, su política, sus conflictos con los países limítrofes (cosa que tengo pendiente por aprender), con las diversas religiones y castas dentro de la cultura india. Es una historia novelada , pero Moro narra tan bien que a pesar de que es un ...more
Silvia Larrauri
Aug 27, 2011 Silvia Larrauri rated it really liked it
buenisimo, apasionante.
Jan 26, 2016 Diana rated it it was ok
I read this book because my mom told me that she love it and that it was her favorite history book. Why I even pay attention to that? I never listen to my mom, so why I even read it? Obviously I will never listen to her anymore, because this book was eternally boring. I hate everything that happened in this book, it wasn't going anywhere, Sonia is totally annoying and the way it was written was really basic and simple. I couldn't imagine anything with the authors description and their decisions ...more
Apr 10, 2016 Kirtika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gripping narrative that presents a view of Sonia Gandhi as just another human and woman. Quite an interesting 'view from the other side' for Indians who've only known her from a 'she's a foreigner who has destroyed and exploited our country' point of view that is pervasive in the political arena. Can be overly empathizing, but does not get to the point of being servile. The treatment of Indira's career in Indian politics is extremely well done - highlighting both the good deeds and major blowu ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Clara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Une biographie romancée très bien documentée, parfois trop, ce qui crée quelques longueurs. Le Sari rose m’a indéniablement beaucoup appris sur la vie politique de l’Inde du XXème siècle et sur cette grande dynastie Nehru-Gandi qui, à l’image de la dynastie Kennedy, a traversé de nombreuses tragédies. Sonia Gandhi, cette jeune femme d’origine italienne, est décrite comme celle qui, par amour, a su évoluer dans un milieu qui lui était complètement inconnu : l’Inde. Au gré des années, de sa dévoti ...more
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