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Well informed, well written take on history,
This review is from: The Fishing Fleet: Husband-Hunting in the Raj (Hardcover)This is a very enjoyable read that has clearly been written by someone who has done her homework. The historical details are fascinating and evidently the result of considerable research. It is the type of book where the reader stops to ruminate while digesting some of the unusual and very surprising paradoxes of the age - there are a great many incidents that today frankly beggar belief.
This book examines the situations women found themselves in during the days of the Raj, when their social positions and rights were often negligible. The social history of women provides us with some startling instances of neglect, abuse and the complete lack of rights that was so often the case. This book is informed and worthy, and also highly readable which is a strong plus even its subject matter.
While I do enjoy an occasional weight and historical book, I do find myself drawn to humour a good deal. My recommendation at the moment is the surprise hit Sherlock Holmes and the Flying Zombie Death Monkeys which is hilarious and ideal for a light, quick read.