[Reading] ➳ East of the Sun ➻ Julia Gregson – Playutopia.us

East of the SunOutono De 1928 Tr S Jovens Inglesas Partem No Navio Kaisar I Hind Com Destino A Bombaim, Na Ndia No Seu Ntimo, Acalentam O Sonho De Come Ar Uma Nova Vida, Longe Dos Espartilhos Morais Da R Gida Sociedade Inglesa Viva Holloway Uma Jovem Aspirante A Escritora Em Busca Da Ndia Da Sua Inf Ncia Para Poder Empreender A Viagem, Aceita Ser Dama De Companhia Da Bela E Ing Nua Rose, Que Se Prepara Para Casar Com Um Oficial Brit Nico Que Mal Conhece A Acompanh Las Est Tamb M Victoria, Dama De Honor De Rose E Sua Melhor Amiga, Que Anseia Por Se Libertar Do Jugo De Uma M E Dominadora Todas Elas T M Uma Boa Raz O Para Deixar A P Tria, Mas Ser Que Est O Preparadas Para O Que As Espera Num Mundo Em Transforma O, Tr S Mulheres Lutam Contra As Normas Decorrentes Da Sua Condi O Feminina Das Festas Requintadas Onde Se Re Ne A Nata Da Sociedade Inglesa Ao Dia A Dia Da Vida Colonial, Nos Brilhantemente Desvendado Todo O Mist Rio Da Ndia E O Choque Cultural Entre Ocidente E Oriente.

    10 thoughts on “[Reading] ➳ East of the Sun ➻ Julia Gregson – Playutopia.us


  1. says:

    I found this book very hard going, not because it s a difficult or demanding read far from it but because most of the story completely failed to engage my interest I only kept reading in the hope that it would improve which, thankfully, it did, albeit not until the final quarter Part of the problem is that the characters aren t particularly likeable Tor is annoying, Rose insipid, and Guy downright horrible and then we re expected to care about his potential demise There also seem...


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    Julia Gregson s East of the Sun was an emotional read It invoked boredom, annoyance, and frustration pretty quickly The story is about three young women embarking to India Rose is marrying a man she barely knows Her best friend Tor is accompanying Rose officially as her bridesmaid but chiefly to secure a marriage of her own And finally their chaperone, Viva, who returns to India to reclaim something of her past We get the points of view of all these characters, as well as, Rose s fianc , Jack None of the points of view differ much from the other One would have easily sufficed considering the scant storyline This is just one of the instances where Gregson denies her novel clarity in pursuit of complexity and high page count The novel boasts hundreds of pages of pointless descriptions Hairstyles, drinks, meals, shopping trips, parties are detailed by the girls adding nothing to the plot At one point one of her characters even tells another, less is , the irony is grating And after suffering every description nothing happens Here are three girls unprepared for the harsh realities of India at a revolutionary time, and when something that can be considered plot finally materializes, its not only expected but only casually mentioned before we move on to needless descriptions For the first time in my life I m actually angry at an author for producing such a pointless timesuck, but perhaps this book is ...


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    I am a book aholic I have so many books in my house that I can t always know where I got them or why or when But sometimes when I go through the slush pile looking for something to read, I find a real gem East of the Sun is such a gem The story is set in the late 1920 s, when Britain was still an empire, and women of a certain class were expected to marry well, even though both these norms were just beginning to change In those days, young ladies who didn t take during their London season were often shipped off to India, where men outnumbered the ladies 3 to 1, to increased their chances of finding a husband These women were derogatorily known as the fishing fleet This novel tells the story of 3 young women of one such voyage Rose, beautiful and naive, who is going to India to marry a man she met only a few times before he shipped off to India Tor Victoria , who is going to be her maid of honor, and who would rather travel halfway round the world than stay home with her mother who is always telling her she is fat and unattractive and their chaperone Viva, who is not much older than her charges, and has undertaken their care to return to her childhood home to get some answers about what happened to her family ...


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    This book tells the story of three girls, all of whom leave England for various reasons on a journey to India Rose is leaving to get married, whilst Tor is her bridesmaid and on the hunt for a potential love interest whilst being chaperoned by a mysterious Viva who seeks to find out about her past.I found the book quite simply fairly dull reading, not demanding in the usual sense of the word, but demanding to me in the aspect it felt like a huge effort to continue reading it I didnt particularly care what happened to either of the characters as they appeared very wooden and the author in my opinion didnt bring them to life very effectively at all.I chose this book after having enjoyed other indian literature novels such as a suitable boy by Vikram Seth etc however, this book is on a completely different level to those others, at the best, very average Not outstanding or special, just average and barely readable.If you like your characters 2D, your plots pointless...


  5. says:

    I am a fan of Julia Gregson Her novels, with their international focus, are truly fascinating to me I have learned so much this is a much better way to learn than sitting in all of the boring geography classes that I attended during my 18 years of education East of the Sun focuses on The Fishing Fleet , and the English women who sailed from England to India in 1928 in search of husbands These ships were called TFF due to the fact that they were often packed with English women travelling to India part of the British Empire to find husbands after having little success in their home country The women s lives remained entertwined, but very different at the same time Both the beauty of India wildlife, geography and people and the horrors extreme poverty, abuse at the hands of the British, and ethnic strife were detailed.I was also very impressed with the women who had moved to India to teach, work a...


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    I must have liked it because I finished it right I mean life is too short to waste your time reading a badly written book Although I have a feeling I didn t really like it I couldn t care about any of the characters I simply did not like them Any of them Tor was a bit to pathetic and her ending was simply too neat and tidy Rosewell actually I think I quite like her a tiny bit She had back bone and well did what she needed to do to a certain degree But really none of them appealed to me.I found this book to be a very weak imitation of the likes of Jewel in the Crown , Passage to India and Kingfishers catch fire It was as if she was trying too hard to recreate the sparkling characters of Waugh, Mitford and Wodehouse They seemed too forced Contrite almost I also found the ending a little too predictable India is a magical place and this story lacked any colour, magic or sparkle Yet I still finished it Curioser and curiouser Lets simply bla...


  7. says:

    4.5For the past ten years or so I ve been trading birthday books back and forth with one of my closest friends from High School It is truly one of the highlight of my birthday to receive a book that I know I m going to love The best part for me is that most of the books like this one have beautiful friendship themes I always envision us as the characters in the book This time we were two young Brits headed over to India in the late 1920 s, with all the vigor and excitement of marriage and exciting new people and places to look forward to The author created such vivid imagery of India both the beautiful parts as well as some of the unsavory parts like the horrible smells from the slums It was a fairly thick book, but was a quick read because the story really pulled me in Three women were highlighted in the book and I enjoyed spending time with each of them.Here is one of my favorite lines from the book, That if you were lucky, very lucky indeed, there were one or two people in your life who you could tell the unvarnished truth to shell and egg And these people held the essence of you inside them I feel blesses to have a few friends and family around me that know all my unvarnished truths I remember...


  8. says:

    A generally well plotted book about three English women who travel to India shortly before their lot were ousted from the subcontinent Viva, a woman who spent her early childhood in India and is seeking some sort of closure about her past Rose, who travels to marry a man with whom she s had 4 conversations and Tor, Rose s cheif bridesmaid who longs to escape her overbearing mother.Most of the writing about India that I have read has been by Rushdie, Arundhati Roy, and V S Naipul, so perhaps I was expecting something spectacular and overly political I enjoyed the book, but spent most of my reading time with the nagging feeling that something was missing.For a novel that takes place in India and shifts POV between characters using a close third person, I was a little disappointed that no space was given...


  9. says:

    When I started this book I was really excited about it and could hardly put it down I thought maybe I had found another The Far Pavillions I did like some of the descriptions about India, the people, the food, the poverty ect and I was quite interested for about 250 pages but I began feeling like the story began to drag a bit and I was just reading a so so romance novel, but then again, it wasn t a romance Then because there is a bit of a mystery I hoped that the author would develope that part of the story a bit but once again, I was let down It wasn t a mystery I didn t really care for Viva one of the characters, she was so emotionally constipated that she drove me crazy Another thing that bothered me about the book is that this book takes place in the early thirties when people were supposedly a little moral than they are today and that good girls didn t sleep ar...


  10. says:

    While the idea of exotic 20th century India and the extravagances of British high society conjured up exotic spices, elephant rides and afternoon tea, I got lost in the translation I guess, because there were whole paragraphs that seemed misplaced and hard to follow I didn t understand some of the passages and skipped over them instead The dialogue was tiresome and very, very repetitive, the characters were flat and uninteresting except Ce Ce she was funny and Guy But there were so many that when it could have gotten interesting, it just didn t Was Ce Ce having an affair The author went on for pages about certain events kidnapping and then dropped a line or two to follow up in the next chapter as if it wasn t really important afterall, ie kidnapping, Guy and poor Nigel And talk about tying up loose ends, the whole kidnapping incident was a good example of how do I get out of this This could have been a very good novel had it been a few hundred pages shorter, the ...

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