A Lovesong for India: Tales from the East and West by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

By Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

During this expansive tale assortment, acclaimed author Ruth Prawer Jhabvala maintains her lifelong meditation on East and West. Set in India, England, and ny urban, A Lovesong for India finds what unites us throughout oceans, cultures, and lifetimes.

In “Innocence,” an older couple, whose social status is marred from a decades-old scandal, hire out rooms of their Delhi domestic for either companionship and source of revenue. remoted and combating blame and guilt, the couple turns into deeply invested within the lives in their tenants. With the addition of a 3rd renter—a appealing and provocative lady from India—tensions within the family push the tale to its feverish conclusion.

The tale “Talent” unearths Jhabvala in long island urban reflecting at the friction among kin and societal expectancies. Magda is a expertise scout whose complete existence is her paintings until eventually she meets Ellie, a singer whose colossal skill and unguarded character captivate Magda. quickly Ellie is built-in into Magda’s nuclear family for higher or worse.

Remarkable and unwavering, this assortment is the hallmark of Jhabvala’s celebrated profession and a testomony to her “balance, subtlety, wry humor, and beauty” —The big apple Times.

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