The India House

The India House

William Palmer / Jan 17, 2020

The India House The locals call it The India House But they have little to do with the three women who live there grandmother mother and daughter Upstairs old Mrs Covington dreams of India and the days of the Raj H

  • Title: The India House
  • Author: William Palmer
  • ISBN: 9781843959274
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The locals call it The India House But they have little to do with the three women who live there grandmother, mother and daughter Upstairs, old Mrs Covington dreams of India and the days of the Raj Her widowed daughter Evelyn watches obsessively over eighteen year old Julia She has decided that the girl is to be kept in a state of innocence The tutor, Mr Henry,The locals call it The India House But they have little to do with the three women who live there grandmother, mother and daughter Upstairs, old Mrs Covington dreams of India and the days of the Raj Her widowed daughter Evelyn watches obsessively over eighteen year old Julia She has decided that the girl is to be kept in a state of innocence The tutor, Mr Henry, is allowed to teach only a bizarre mixture of mythology, history, the Romantic Poets, arithmetic, French, and the perils of socialism.His second duty is to fillet the news in the Times each day and report a sanitised version to the family As little as possible of the modern world must intrude But it is 1956 India has been lost for a decade the rest of the Empire is just about holding together Britain is about to face the great misadventure of Suez Mrs Covington may try to avoid the modern world, but she cannot prevent the arrival of two men, her son Roland, and her 18 year old grandson, James.

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    262 Comments

    1. I picked this book for its title, as it had to do with me being an Indian. I wanted to understand these characters, for I read in the summary, of their nostalgic past, living in India during the British rule. This is a story of three women, living together in a bubble of a world they call "The Round House" aka "The India House". We have Mrs Covington, who is more of a landlord and less a landlady. Followed by her daughter, Evelyn and granddaughter, Julia. Evelyn is protective about Julia's futur [...]


    2. Can't believe this book hasn't been read and rated by other readers! This book, is indeed a gem! Story line: Old Mrs Covington dreams of India and her days there. Her daugher Evelyn watches obsessively over eighteen-year old Julia. Julia's Tutor, Mr. Henr4y, has been instrudted to keep her in a state of 'innocence'. Every day, he censors the newspapers and reports a sanitised version to the family. But it is 1956 and Britain is changing. Mrs. Covington and her daughter Evelyn, may shut out the m [...]


    3. I picked up this book completely at random, but I was not disappointed. The first page gripped me, with the way it starts out by describing what the three principal women of this story are dreaming of, sleeping in adjacent rooms. They share the same days, but nights are different. This book is well written, with words sounding almost like poetry at times. The plot does get weaker in the second half, but overall still a good read.


    4. This is a superb little book. Set in 1956 it portrays with humour some of the attitudes and lives that ex-colonials had when obliged to return to the mother country. Although I was only 4 years of age at the time the book is set I have vivid memories of those attitudes which lasted well into the 60's both in England and the former colonies. An unusual book but one well worth reading.


    5. Interesting tale about society, family, life, convention and rebellion. And how rebellion can in fact result in conformity. The end of the Empire and returning to England after life in India, changing fortunes across the generations, dark secrets and the brave new world - all keenly observed and woven into an enjoyable book. I enjoyed it.


    6. Yes, well written and fascinating but too cynical for my taste. Characters overwhelmingly horrible. I know the point of the book is to show the crumbling of an old British ideal but this writer gives no ray of hope or shows any goodness at all the people. An nihilist would love it. Meh.


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