A House In Pondicherry

A House In Pondicherry The third in a series of novels set in India This novel is set in Pondicherry a tropical Paris flourishing on the shore of the Coromandel coast At the centre of the novel is the figure of Oriane a y

  • Title: A House In Pondicherry
  • Author: Lee Langley
  • ISBN: 9780749386511
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Paperback
  • The third in a series of novels set in India This novel is set in Pondicherry, a tropical Paris flourishing on the shore of the Coromandel coast At the centre of the novel is the figure of Oriane, a young French girl who meets a political agitator seeking sanctuary under the French flag.

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    1. This novel is set in French India and spans the almost magical life of Oriane, the inheritor of a grand French family (or so they believe) who consider all other cultures far inferior, potentially dangerous, and certainly polluting. Unfortunately, this conflicts - at least initially - with Oriane’s own instincts, visions, and interests. It also puts her into a social group of one. Pondicherry, built to be a tiny Paris in the beautiful state of Tamil Nadu is a powerful character as is the rapid [...]

    2. Reread 1It was early 2013 when, following a Caravan magazine story about a used-books shop somewhere on Brigade Road, Bangalore, I entered Mr KKS Murthy’s Select Book Shop in one of the side streets. I spent an hour or so there, and bought a faded paperback of Dickens’ Hard Times and a couple of Readers’ Digest Select Editions. Just when I was about to leave, I moved a few books off another shelf, and picked up a paperback that had a picture of what looked like a colonial house on the cove [...]

    3. Langley, in her more historical novels writes about empire its past and how it affects the present. She was born in India and has often written about India; doing so again in this novel. Here Langley takes a slightly different approach; this is about Pondicherry; the small part of southern India which remained French. There is a good story spanning the lifetime of the main character into which Langley weaves the past and present, the abuses of empire and the birth of modern India.The main charac [...]

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