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5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding story--couldn't put it down
A Singular Hostage combines well-developed characters, a compelling plot, and an environment that is both exotic and timely given current events in Afghanistan. Set in early Victorian India, just prior to Britain's entrance into The Great Game, this novel is an excellent portrayal of the relationship between the British in India and the Indian nobility. The prejudices...
Published on 7 Mar. 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what the plot deserves
I bought this novel based on what other readers had said of it and, mainly, on the originality of the plot. I hoped I would find a story that would transport me to the India of the Raj, as FAR PAVILLIONS does. Alas, this was not so. The characters of this book are not round, especially so the main character Mariana. The author fails to flesh her out as a victorian young...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life and beliefs in India, 2 Oct. 2013
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I was not sure whether I would like this book and it took me a while to get into it but I am now thoroughly enjoying it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting, 22 April 2013
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Interesting insight into the time, when she was viewed as forward and outspoken. Well written and a really good read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High drama across two cultures - beautifully told., 22 April 2007
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In this fascinating, unputdownable novel Thalassa Ali has written with wonderful authenticity about two very different cultures. Mariana Givens is a young woman from a traditional early victorian family, a family whose opinion of the people in whose country they find thenselves is often fairly scathing. Mariana finds herself caught up in events far outside her previous expierence. In her company we meet some wise and fascinating characters, and expierence high drama. Beautiful descriptions of the countryside, with an affectionate look at the peoples, customs and beliefs of this fascinating country make this a memorable novel. This is such a page turner - you'll want to read the seqel right away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and real, 20 Mar. 2002
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I liked this book a lot because it was so real and rich, it really transports the reader to a whole new different world, with its own norms and expectations. Thalassa brings an unusual insight into the personalities and society of an old India, well beyond the usual flat pan material of Westerners who dont know a chicken korma from a chicken karhai, let alone have the ability to authentically re-create the India of old.
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