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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read!
Breakfast with the Nikolides is an unusual book set in East Bengal, India in a small agricultural town. There are many characters, which is a little off putting at first, but they merge together wonderfully as the story progresses.

Hardworking and respected Englishman Charles Pool, builds up and then runs the Government farm. After living alone for 8 years, he...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant story line
Nothing wrong with book, just not my sort of read will have to check out author next time before ordering
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. Alison Standring


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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read!, 18 Nov 2013
Breakfast with the Nikolides is an unusual book set in East Bengal, India in a small agricultural town. There are many characters, which is a little off putting at first, but they merge together wonderfully as the story progresses.

Hardworking and respected Englishman Charles Pool, builds up and then runs the Government farm. After living alone for 8 years, he suddenly produces his wife and their two daughters. Louise, 11 year old Emily and 8 year old Binnie have fled from France and impending occupation by the Germans. Louise has many issues, she doesn't like the village, and she can not get along with Emily. Emily, meanwhile, has to cope with the effects her mother has on her. Emily adores Charles though, and he gifts her a dog, Don, which subsequently dies while she is at breakfast with the Nikolides family, the catalyst for the chain of events to come.

I really appreciated the rich details in this book, especially the setting itself of which the author had first hand knowledge. All of the characters seemed to contribute something worthwhile to the storyline and they wove together really well. A very good read, packed full of tension!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like all Rumer Godden's novels, 26 Nov 2013
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Like all Rumer Godden's novels, the prose is lucid, fluent and arresting. She pursues her favourite theme of the 'child outsider' whilst giving a vivid picture of life in Bengal. Her insight into humanity is remarkable, her characters completely believable, and the mystery of the marriage slightly horrifying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rumer Godden paints a slow and dreamy, almost magical picture of expatriates in India., 27 Mar 2013
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Written in immaculate prose, Rumer godden shows us the feelings and limitations of her characters in a totally objective yet subtle way. One becomes fascinated by the slow unfolding of events and is left stunned by the finale.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant story line, 22 April 2013
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Nothing wrong with book, just not my sort of read will have to check out author next time before ordering
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