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Fortune, it's said, favors the bold and my daring was justly rewarded. I felt certain aspects of the novel could have been stronger, but I genuinely appreciated a lot of Flynn's ideas and admired much of the material she incorporated into Ginny's story. The social structure of the British, its contrast to that of the natives, and the inevitable struggle between the two was particularly noteworthy. I felt the relationship between Ginny and her mother struck a very intriguing note and I liked the subtle way that politics influenced events as the story progressed.
Not to downplay Ginny, but I was fascinated by three of Flynn's male characters. Hector is a flat out brilliant addition to the piece. His character arc really appealed to me and I felt Flynn's treatment of his trials both appropriate to the period and sensitive to the subject matter. Rupert is a disgusting example of humanity, but such individuals do exist and despite my distaste, I admit a certain appreciation for Flynn's depiction of his depraved personality. I genuinely disliked him and right or wrong, my lack indifference speaks to a penetrating characterization and that is something I feel all authors should strive for. Tony rounds out the trio and though I felt his dialogue annoyingly reminiscent of Phil in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, I felt his emotional journey the most engaging of the narrative. He is arrogant, but weak, sheltered and naive. He strives to fulfill society's expectations, but he is woefully ill-prepared to do so. I might be alone here, but I liked seeing so much emotional conflict and individual struggle in a male character. I personally thought it a refreshing change of pace and lent a certain authenticity to him and his role.
Thematically, I liked what Flynn presented, but I'm not ashamed to say I felt there was too much going on. There is a lot of great concept material within these pages, but the various concepts compete for the reader's attention and I don't think any is explored as thoroughly as it could have been. Looking back, I certainly appreciate where the story went, but I can't help wishing Flynn hadn't tried to fit many underlying motifs into a single piece. Not to sound picky, but I honing in and really developing one or two of these ideas would have been more satisfying on the reader's end.
That said, I've no regrets over the time I spent with Kurinji Flowers. I found the novel original and thought-provoking and look forward to reading more of Flynn's work.
Others, not Ginny, made decisions for her...She was pushed, pulled and led through life. A domineering mother who meant well married her off to save her reputation but she was in a marriage of convenience and in a foreign country without any family or friends.....with the exception of Hector, a gay man who at one point, her husband forbid her to see.
Her existence was lonely and she spent many hours drawing and painting India as she saw it in her limited capacity. At one point she was drinking too much due to an overbearing mother-in-law who would not leave and a husband who talked down to her and sided with his mother.
Her life changed when she met Jag, an employee of her husband's. He was a native of India and socializing with them just wasn't done, but her husband had asked him to show his wife around.
For the first time in her life, Ginny knew what love really was. She had never experienced the feelings she felt for him. I will stop here as anything else would be telling too much, but I definitely recommend this story. There are many things that take place that will surprise you, twists and turns you did not see coming, right to the very end.
This was my rainy weekend, curled up in bed with a hot cup of coffee kind of book...one I didn't want to put down till it was finished.
Hope this author is working on a third book as I have loved the first two!
She writes about India, her people and their customs and talks about the land in such a descriptive manner that you want to go there and witness it yourself.
This is not the kind of book I would choose for myself. The cover feels a bit cluttered and outdated, and the summary isn't too exciting. I would pass it by in a bookstore. That would be a mistake.
This reminded me a lot of Memoirs of a Geisha. They're both set before and during WWII and read like "this happened to me and I'm telling the story years later." They both have lots of sad events. Seriously, the last 30% of this book is just one hit after another, and I was asking myself why I continued to read something so depressing.
It was just that good. I had to know how it would all come together in the end. The sad parts broke my heart, and I mourned for the main character. It all felt very real. It touched my heart deeply.
The only thing that got on my nerves--and maybe it's a British writing thing; I don't know since I'm American--is the use of ' instead of " when people were talking. It was very distracting at first, but I got used to it by around the 25% mark. Again, if that's how dialogue is usually written in the UK, then forgive my ignorance.
Overall, I'd recommend this book. It will have you in tears at some parts, but it's ultimately worth it. I expect that it will stay in your heart long after.
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