I started reading this as a library book and enjoyed it so much I bought the beautiful Hodder and Staughton edition pictured above.
This is a story about colonial India and how the British and Indian cultures clash and come together during that time.
It’s very much a book of its time and it portrayal of Indians is at times racist, however it’s also very scathing of the British treatment of India and their attitudes so it makes an interesting read.
The language is poetic and the story ambles a little, it takes a long time to get to the point of the story. However once you realise that it takes about two thirds of the story to get to the main scenes it’s a very book to give you the colour and feel of the time and place it’s set in.
There’s no great plot, no twists or turns or unexpected happenings. It’s quite straightforward and very honest. A good read.