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Amrita: Or to Whom She Will Paperback – June 1, 1955

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Fireside; 1st edition (June 1, 1955)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671679791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671679798
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,452,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "avid-meticulous-reader" on August 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is really a wonderful little tale. Having no familiarity with any of Jhabvala's other work, I'm not sure how To Whom She Will compares with her better known novels, such as Heat and Dust, or how it might be representative of any consistent style or theme with which she writes, but I'm certainly now excited to learn and confident that I've found another author whose fruits I enjoy.
To Whom She Will is a light, quick, and rewarding read, marked by nuanced, intelligent, and perceptive humor and rich with unpresuming moral substance, as well, whose relevance is probably timeless; a good choice with which to space out more demanding literature. It is a skillful satire primarily of the grandiosity and vanity and dumb, empty arrogance of the leisure classes in 1950's India (who are constantly tortured by self-constructed angst and console themselves with salves of righteousness and scorn) and of the vulnerability of youth to delusional romanticism, self-preoccupation, whimsy, melodrama, and the fascinating appeal of the ideals of Suffering and Love.
All of Jhabvala's characters are caricatures of a kind, and by them, I think, Jhabvala gently ridicules our wont to take ourselves and our chosen ambitions overly seriously.
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