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Heat And Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
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Apr 03, 11

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Read in April, 2011

I have seen the film of this book many years ago, and have to say that I prefer the book, as the film puzzled me.

The story is that a girl in "modern" times (it was written in 1975) who goes to India to find out more about Olivia, the woman that her grandfather was married to before she left him for an Indian prince. The modern girl, who I don't think is actually named, goes to great lengths to follow in Olivia's footsteps, even seducing an Indian in the same place where Olivia and her Indian Prince first made love. I found the modern girl to be more interesting than Olivia, who seemed a bit shallow, and would have liked to know more about her and to follow her story for longer, but I was totally immersed in this story. It is a nice quick read as well, the book is only 181 pages.

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