Reviewed by Sandra
The book is also a brief history of some of the English missionaries in India as they attempted the tremendous task of not only producing the first dictionary written in Tamil and Bengali in order to translate the Bible into the local languages, but also undertook the job of teaching people to read and write. Descriptions of English life of the day, the horse-drawn cabs, cobbled streets, the manners, the clothes, the “at homes” (particular hours in a day or days when people would visit and take tea together) are real. I loved Rebecca’s comment about being able to ride an elephant, shoot a bird in flight (as she did in India), but being unable to master the English social web - who to know and who to avoid. The author thus seamlessly contrasts and blends traditional Victorian England with exotic India.
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