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Outlaw: India's Bandit Queen and Me

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In June 1992, author Roy Moxham did a very strange thing: he wrote to a bandit in an Indian jail. Phoolan Devi was the controversial and charismatic 'Bandit Queen' hailed as a modern-day Robin Hood in the villages surrounding Delhi. In revenge for her own gang rape, her followers killed 20 high-caste Indians, which led to her surrender and imprisonment.

Struck by her story
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 3rd 2010 by Rider (first published January 29th 2010)
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Julia Tibblin
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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At first I was a bit disappointed as I was expecting a biography of Phoolan Devi. However, once I got past this I really liked the book with all of its descriptions of life in India. Only thing that was a rather hard to follow was the political system as well as the names of all of Phoolan’s family members, but otherwise I really liked it and now want to read the other books about her!
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is more a compilation of meetings & conversations with Phoolan Devi, as well as the letters the author wrote to and received from Devi in chronological order and in a narrative format, as well as a sort of memoir of the author's life during that period. Roy Moxham states at the beginning that he had never intended to write a book about Devi but that after her assassination, he decided to put his memories etc. together as a historical document.

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I think I really wanted to read one of the oft mentioned biographies of Phoolan Devi instead of this wierd man's remembrances of visiting her. (I Phoolan Devi (autobiography), or India's Bandit Queen by Mala Sen.) Still interesting, though. I might read Roy Moxham's books about tea sometime. ...more
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Roy Moxham is author of The Great Hedge of India (2001). After thirteen years in Africa, he became first a dealer in African Art, then a book conservator, now in charge of preservation and conservation at the University of London Library.

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