Eden Gardens Eden Gardens Calcutta the s In a ramshackle house streets away from the grand colonial mansions of the British live Maisy her Mam and their ayah Pushpa Whiskey fuelled and poverty stricken

  • Title: Eden Gardens
  • Author: Louise Brown
  • ISBN: 9781472226099
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Paperback
  • Eden Gardens, Calcutta, the 1940s In a ramshackle house, streets away from the grand colonial mansions of the British, live Maisy, her Mam and their ayah, Pushpa Whiskey fuelled and poverty stricken, Mam entertains officers in the night a disgrace to British India All hopes are on beautiful Maisy to restore their good fortune But Maisy s at home in the city s foEden Gardens, Calcutta, the 1940s In a ramshackle house, streets away from the grand colonial mansions of the British, live Maisy, her Mam and their ayah, Pushpa Whiskey fuelled and poverty stricken, Mam entertains officers in the night a disgrace to British India All hopes are on beautiful Maisy to restore their good fortune But Maisy s at home in the city s forbidden alleyways, eating bazaar food and speaking Bengali with Pushpa, than dancing in glittering ballrooms with potential husbands Then one day Maisy s tutor falls ill His son stands in Poetic, handsome and ambitious for an independent India, Sunil Banerjee promises Maisy the world So begins a love affair that will cast her future, for better and for worse Just as the Second World War strikes and the empire begins to crumbleThis is the other side of British India A dizzying, scandalous, dangerous world, where race, class and gender divide and rule.

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    1. Novel set in 1940s CalcuttaThis review first appeared on our blog where we also chat to the author: tripfiction/novel-set-Over the last couple of years I have read several novels set in India from the mid 1850s to the build-up of Independence in 1947, and through fiction I feel I have grasped more about the period than history lessons at school ever taught; the period was singularly glossed over and only referred to in glowing political terms. A beleaguered nation that saw infrastructure and law [...]

    2. Enjoyable, readable account of British India and the turmoil of Independence told through the eyes of Maisy and Pushpa. Maisy is a true British-Indian: country born and bred with the despised ‘chi-chi’ sing-song accent that means she can never be accepted into pukka British Indian society (her mother’s greatest ambition), despite her blonde hair and beauty. Pushpa is the family retainer: an ayah turned servant; a high-caste child bride trapped by widowhood who runs to take her chances on t [...]

    3. The technique of dual narrative is best used in this novel as one gets to see the story from the eyes of both English and Indian people through Maisy and Pushpa. Brown touches upon some of the most delicate and intricate details about India, perfectly describing the streets and atmosphere of the 40s, with emphasis on little things like the kind of food people enjoy here, the kinds of flowers that bloom and what makes the city of Kolkata what it is. The novel is set in the backdrop of some of the [...]

    4. Eden Gardens is the story of Maisie, her drunken mum and housemaid Pushpa, living in Calcutta in the 1940's. I found the book slow to start but it's an excellent read. I grew to really love the characters. It describes India so well, you can picture it clearly and imagine what it really must have looked like, it's also harrowing at times when it describes the horrible scenes that went on during India's quest for independence. A thoroughly enjoyable debut novel.

    5. An India I would like to have knownThis story of life in a vibrant and teeming Calcutta at the beginning of Independence, told with such detail and from so many different perspectives and such atmosphere, I could imagine myself as an English woman, an Indian,young or old, rich or poor, but always changing and always hard.

    6. Eden Gardens is the début novel from Louise Brown set in Calcutta in the 1940's - a time of great change, turbulence and unrest for the people of India. The cover for this book evokes a great sense of time and place as India was on the brink of change, of gaining its independence from Britain. Although to achieve this the country and its people had to go through times of hardship and struggle before they could acquire their much longed for freedom. The Eden Gardens of the title is the park wher [...]

    7. This review first appeared on Dual ReadsCopy received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.This is a novel recommended for those who enjoy the novels of Santa Montefiore and I would agree, to an extent. Like Montefiore's novels the era and setting are wonderfully evoked and the writing is compelling. However, this is a far darker and less hopeful story than I had expected.The book is written in alternating chapters between Maisy and her ayah Pushpa. Of the two I found I preferred Push [...]

    8. Reviews can also be found on my blog Escapades of a Bookworm Rather than reading like a story this felt more like a memoir of the time, told alternatively between two women, Maisy and Pushpa.Looking at the cover I thought that this was going to be a gorgeous swoony historical romance, and it is the impression that I got from the back cover. But I was really really wrong in that regard. This book is told in a brutal honest fashion. And the readers’ feelings are not spared. There were some momen [...]

    9. I must admit I found the way this book reads is more like a series of memoirs than a story, the descriptions of Bombay and Calcutta at the end of British rule in states of upheaval and famine are rich, detailed, evocative and often extremely harrowing. I found a couple of brutal scenes set at the times of drought and famine and during upheaval and riots so strong and horrific I actually wanted to retch - therefore this is not a read for anyone of a sensitive nature it's not the light and fluffy [...]

    10. Initially, I was drawn to the book by its cover which I think has a great sense of place and which conjures the golden heat of a country in turmoil and that's exactly what this book is about; it's about a country at odds with itself, about women who are used, and who are bought and sold as commodities, with little regard for them as people, and it’s also about the sights, scents and sounds of India, which come alive in glorious technicolour. Don't be fooled by the cover as this is not a book f [...]

    11. This story comes from Calcutta, India in the 1940's where there was great change on the cards which caused much turbulence and unrest. The story follows Maisy who walks through the Eden Gardens, through her eyes seeing the things that she has had to deal with, being born white in India at this time was not easy. Her father dies early on in life and you see how she and her mother deal with his passing . With her mother wrapped up in herself, Maisy has to start fending for herself, skipping school [...]

    12. This novel looks at the lives of women in India in the 1940's, particularly focusing on Maisy, daughter to an English woman who left home for India to seek a husband and riches. And on Pushpa, Maisy and her mother's ayah. Some of the story lines were slightly predictable but the evocative writing in this book makes up for it completely. You can feel the hot stickiness on the back of the neck caused by walking through a teeming street in Calcutta. Smell the food, the spices and in some cases the [...]

    13. I was really excited to read this book because I received from Lovereading in return for an honest review and I was intrigued by the cover and blurb. This was not some kind of Indian Princess fairytale, nor really just the story of a beggar. It was a good story following a British girl growing up in India, trying to fight poverty. It also follows their ayah, Pushpa and backtracks to her life. Warning:this book includes quite a lot of content on prostitution, so if you don't want some honesty abo [...]

    14. 1940s India Where Gender Race and Class makes a difference Maisy starts as a little girl with a mother who sells her body for money maisy mother has huge hopes for maisy to marry a rich man i england so she doesnt have the same fate has her mother pushpa is their servant raising maisy as her own maisy fate is sealed when she falls in love with an indian she has a child and the her love dissappears trying to find a way on her own will she succeed

    15. I won this book on a goodread giveaway . I have never come across this author before butloved it .The story was based in India and the different class system full of prostitutes slums and huge mansions very down to earth and very good Many Thanks

    16. It's my cup of indian chai!!! I liked it and recommend it! I'll read the next novel from this author for sure!

    17. Different from my usual reads and I usually don't have much interest in books set in India but I truly enjoyed this book.

    18. Light reading really despite the subject matter - but certainly a different view of the British in India. Learned things so that's good.

    19. Loved it. A wonderful story told by three women, set in Calcutta 1940s. So well written you can smell the spices,,

    20. Some of us grow thinking I'll never be like my parents, but usually we echo their lives in at least some small way. This novel explores family, culture, love, and hate with empathy

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