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'A writer of genius ! a writer of world class -- a master storyteller' -- Sunday Times 'Her tussle with India is one of the richest treats of contemporary literature' -- Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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According to the ancient writings there are four stages in a man's life: first he is a child, then a student: after that comes the life of a householder, when a man must raise a family and see to their needs. This witty and perceptive novel is about Prem, a young teacher in New Delhi who has just become a householder and is finding his responsibilities perplexing.
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  • Series: The Norton Library
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reissue edition (December 17, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393008517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393008517
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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By Carol Mathis on March 14, 2001
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THE HOUSEHOLDER is one of Ruth Prawar Jhabvala's earlier efforts, and with her early novels AMRITA and THE NATURE OF PASSION, it is the story of an India that is no more.
Like India in 1960, Prem, the hero of THE HOUSEHOLDER, is young, idealistic--and in over his head. His family is growing, he is married to a woman he hardly knows, and his mother, whom he idealizes in many ways, is no longer the caretaker he once had. The carefree life of a dependent is to be given up for the responsibilities of a young adult--ready or not.
THE HOUSEHOLDER is on one level a comedy of manners, a fun and funny look at middle-class Indian life. On another level, it is a wonderful metaphor for a new republic's coming of age--and worth thinking about as India struggles with her current challenges.
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This is my favorite novel by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (although I haven't read all her works). The characters are realistic and engaging, and while the story is not terribly dramatic, I did want to know what happened to these characters. I read it many years ago and I still think of it fondly.
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I enjoyed the book and the interesting descrition of a small Indian house hold. Perhaps I expected more from the author. Good read for people interested inthe cultural differEnces of people in their daily lives.
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