- Hardcover: 816 pages
- Publisher: RH Canada UK Dist (December 27, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0370304292
- ISBN-13: 978-0370304298
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 2.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,381,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Zemindar Hardcover – December 27, 1987
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'Written with great attention to detail, and the amazingly beautiful descriptions of India really bring it to life. It is an exceptionally gripping and enjoyable novel from start to finish' The Good Book Guide. 'If you loved The Far Pavilions - and who didn't - this will be your dish too' Cosmopolitan. 'Utterly addictive ... Leaves us panting for the sequel' The Washington Post. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
ZEMINDAR is drawn from personal experience. Valerie Fitzgerald's grandmother lived through the Indian Mutiny and when her soldier father was posted to Lucknow in WW2, she spent winters in the city and her summers on a zemindari estate. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A wonderful book that kept me holding on to my Kindle like a neodymium magnet.
What I liked about Zemindar is that the male romantic interest was downright ugly, but the writer found a way to portray his attractiveness to her female romantic interest which drew the reader in as well. The lady was merely average too, which is not uncommon, but always nice (I for one prefer heroines who are attractive because they are lovable, not because they are lovely), but Fitzgerald unwound her plot so that it was perfectly obvious why the hero wanted her instead of somebody pretty.
Some little glitches jerked me out of the plot, like a baby that went from being ignored and dumped on a native nanny to being breast-fed by the mother four weeks later, and then it is explained that this tiny infant would be more comfortable on a day-long journey with our female protagonist - who is not the nursing mother! Or the aforementioned protagonist developing a longing for her native England and not wanting to live in foreign India, although the story starts off by making it clear that she was raised in Italy until she was a teenager.
There is a lot of good information here. I felt the description of the horrors of the Cawnpore massacre went on a little long, but M.M. Kaye is far worse in that regard, so I was already jaded on that sorry bit of history.
All in all, an enjoyable read, and a nice way to pick up a speaking acquaintance with this sequence of events so pivotal to the brew that created modern India. Also starts a good deal faster than Kaye's Shadow of the Moon.