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Begums, Thugs and White Mughals: The Journals of Fanny Parkes: v. 8

Begums, Thugs and White Mughals: The Journals of Fanny Parkes: v. 8 [Kindle Edition]

Fanny Parkes , William Dalrymple
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Her beautifully descriptive journals provide a remarkable insight into this crossroads in Anglo-Indian history. -- Sunday Telegraph, December 29, 2002

The pleasures of this funny, lovable, slightly absurd book lie in her inexhaustible interest in India, and an enthusiasm which never fails. -- Daily Telegraph, December 28, 2002

These journals, period documents though they are, have an impressively contemporary sensibility. -- Sunday Times, January 5, 2002

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Fanny Parkes lived in India between 1822 and 1846 and was the ideal travel writer – courageous, indefatigably curious and determinedly independent. Her journals trace her transformation from prim memsahib to eccentric, sitar-playing Indophile, fluent in Urdu, critical of British rule and passionate in her appreciation of Indian culture. Fanny is fascinated by the trial of thugs, the adorning of a Hindu bride and swears by the efficacy of opium on headaches. To read her is to get as close as one can to a true picture of early colonial India – the sacred and the profane, the violent and the beautiful, the straight-laced sahibs and the ‘White Mughals’ who fell in love with India, married Indian wives and built bridges between the two cultures.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1874 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Eland Publishing (1 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B9CO4R8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,328 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars begums, thugs and white moguls 25 Mar 2009
By Mara
Excellent; you feel as enthusastic as she is. Far, far more interesting that Fanny EDEN's journals, which I bought at the same time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A traveller 16 Jan 2010
This is a most wonderful travelogue for anyone interested in the history of travel in India, 19thc adventurous women and the East India Company. It made me want to have known Fanny and to have had her spirit of discovery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read and Enjoy 5 Feb 2014
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As it is based on diary extracts the content can sometimes appear to be random but stay with it. It reflects the expectations and values of its times but illustrates how, in some areas, some things remain unchanged. . It has some wonderful 'nuggets' re the status of woman.
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I loved this book, couldn't put it down. It gave fascinating insights into 19th century India, particularly the details about life in the harems and the difficulties of travelling at the time. Mrs Parkes was obviously a wonderful woman, open-minded, with a great spirit of adventure and of fun too. My thanks to Mr Dalrymple for giving me an opportunity to read it.
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