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Language: English
Published: Trackless Sands Press, 1991
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First published in England in 1949, this is the diary of an English novelist during the heyday of the Raj.

"Lady Lawrence was better known as Rosamond Napier, a British novelist who had several popular titles to her credit before marrying and relocating to the wilds of India, complete with snakes, panthers, travel by horseback, and sleeping in jungles. Her remembrances of the lives of the Indians and the British colonists during the waning days of the Raj (the book spans 1914 -- 26) can be likened to an Indian version of Out of Africa. Napier presents this portrait of a time and place uniquely from a woman's point of view". -- Library Journal

"Rosamond Lawrence's account of her time in India stands out among the hundreds of memoirs of the Raj for its wit, intelligence, and understanding. She writes with a clarity and elegance that help to bring that vanished world alive". -- Margaret MacMillan, author of Women of the Raj

Review by Booklist Review

The English novelist Rosalind Napier married Henry Lawrence in 1914, and soon after they departed for India. This chronicle, the legacy of the Napier and Lawrence families who were prominent throughout British India's history, has been out of print for more than 40 years. Lady Lawrence's remembrances reflect back primarily on the period of time (1914-19) her husband was posted in outlying districts, away from city life and the "viceregal court." Great changes took place in these years of the raj, between the Indian population and their British rulers. Her recollection, while focusing on daily home life, also reveals indications of the slow but steady movement toward independence. For all her family connections to India, this diary records a fascinated observer's commentary on another culture, a very different land. Touring the district while Henry Lawrence went about his work, their entire household would move about . . . marching from jungle to village . . . village through forest. Through hardship and joy, Lady Lawrence would remark, "Poor people in England! How dull their lives." (Reviewed Oct. 15, 1991)1879434032Alice Joyce

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.

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