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Mr Moxham and the Bandit Queen!
on 1 July 2010
What I really loved about the book was the touching but robust relationship between the author and Phoolan Devi. Moxham's account of their close friendship creates a vivid sense of both protagonists, and manages to engage the reader's sympathy with this extraordinary woman.
He skillfully combines an account of her almost mythical life (low caste poverty, rape victim, political prisoner, bandit, politician)with a witty and thoughtful diary of his own relationship with India. In fact,it is as much about his love affair with India and his travels and explorations, as it is about his tender and often amusing relationship with the charismatic Devi.
Moxham paints a memorable portrait of all the key figures, including the sisters, cousins and neighbours from Phoolan Devi's rural village background, contrasting with the politicians, policemen and hangers on that surrounded Devi during her brief time in the political limelight.
From the moment he sent a letter to this abused, illiterate, feisty activist to the final compelling scenes in a Delhi court room, I was utterly hooked by the story and the storyteller. It is a story riven with a growing sense of almost inevitable tragedy, but told with gusto and humour.A window on another world,and utterly compelling.