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The Resource At the end of the century, the stories of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala ; with an introduction by Anita Desai

At the end of the century, the stories of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala ; with an introduction by Anita Desai

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At the end of the century
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At the end of the century
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the stories of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala ; with an introduction by Anita Desai
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Over the course of her glittering literary career, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala wrote some of the most wonderful novels of the twentieth century and screenplays to some of the most beloved films - but she was also a master of the short story form. This stunning new collection brings together the jewels in the crown of her writing: it is a showcase of astonishing storytelling power
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  • /* Starred Review */ Jhabvala (1927–2013) is perhaps best known for collaborating with James Ivory and Ismail Merchant on their Oscar-winning films, but the German-born author also won the Booker Prize for Heat and Dust in 1975. This collection, which carries an introduction by novelist Anita Desai, offers 17 stories dating from 1963 to 2013. Jhabvala is renowned for her tales of life in India, but this collection also includes stories set in Europe and America. The characters in these "Western" pieces are mostly upper-class, artistic types in places such as New York and Los Angeles who seem pallid and interchangeable next to her more memorable Indian characters. The Indians portrayed in such stories as "Expiation" and "The Widow" are unforgettable. Jhabvala is especially observant on the lives of Westerners in India. Like Paul Scott in The Raj Quartet, Jhavbala reveals how certain Britons living in India slowly become unhinged owing to culture shock. Impressionable young women fall under the spell of a swami or, as in "An Experience of India," just fall apart. VERDICT Essential reading for anyone who enjoys fiction about India, especially when the stories come from the pen of a master. --Leslie Patterson (Reviewed 10/15/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 17, p59)
  • A career-spanning collection of stories about the collision of East and West. When Jhabvala (A Lovesong for India, 2012, etc.) died in 2013, she left behind a prodigious body of work that had garnered her a Booker Prize for Heat and Dust (1975) and Oscars for co-writing the screenplays to A Room with a View and Howards End. Born in Germany, educated in England, and married for more than 50 years to an Indian architect, Jhabvala described herself as a perpetual refugee, moving for much of her later life between New York's Upper East Side and India. The 17 short stories in this collection take us from the early 1960s through 2013, though in a way they all feel as if they belong to an earlier time: Westerners, bored with their imploding lives, latch on to the perceived exoticism of India. In one story, two rich sisters (one married to a pompous American businessman, the other sleeping with him) become infatuated with a young Indian screenwriter ("Pagans"). In another, an English secretary heads to India to devote herself to assisting a guru despite the fact that she has competition for his attention from a brash German devotee ("A Spiritual Call"). Sometimes, Jhabvala switches the dynamics, as when a wealthy Indian college student begins a disastrous affair with a mousy English lecturer ("A Course of English Studies"). Whatever the premise, Jhabvala is interested in binaries; poverty plays a foil to wealth, India to Europe, age to youth, family to the individual. Even more, she wants to explore the ways that characters are shaken out of their familiar lives by "too much and too violent a humanity." Despite the old-fashioned milieu these stories move in, they are compelling in their elegance and for Jhabvala's poised, precise eye, which stays consistent and steady through the decades. (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2018)
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1927-2013
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Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer
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823/.914
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illustrations
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index present
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short stories
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bibliography
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1937-
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Desai, Anita
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  • Social classes
  • Culture conflict
  • East Indians
  • East Indians
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Culture conflict
  • East Indians
  • Social classes
  • California
  • Great Britain
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the stories of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.
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At the end of the century, the stories of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala ; with an introduction by Anita Desai
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Originally published in Great Britain in 2017 by Little, Brown
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • Expiation
  • Great expectations
  • Two muses
  • Ménage
  • A choice of heritage
  • A lovesong for India
  • Pagans
  • At the end of the century
  • The Judge's will
  • A loss of faith
  • The widow
  • A spiritual call
  • Miss Sahib
  • A course of English studies
  • An experience of India
  • Two more under the Indian sun
  • Desecration
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on1055571932
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Counterpoint hardcover edition.
Extent
439 pages
Isbn
9781640091375
Lccn
2018041024
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1055571932
Label
At the end of the century, the stories of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala ; with an introduction by Anita Desai
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published in Great Britain in 2017 by Little, Brown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Expiation
  • Great expectations
  • Two muses
  • Ménage
  • A choice of heritage
  • A lovesong for India
  • Pagans
  • At the end of the century
  • The Judge's will
  • A loss of faith
  • The widow
  • A spiritual call
  • Miss Sahib
  • A course of English studies
  • An experience of India
  • Two more under the Indian sun
  • Desecration
Control code
on1055571932
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Counterpoint hardcover edition.
Extent
439 pages
Isbn
9781640091375
Lccn
2018041024
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1055571932

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