Zemindar

An epic love story, in the tradition of THE FAR PAVILIONS, set during the Indian Mutiny.From M M Kaye s THE FAR PAVILIONS to Julia Gregson s EAST OF THE SUN, the Indian Raj has been a rich source of bestsellers ZEMINDAR is one of the greatest ever written.A magnificent, twisting, turning love story unfolds against a backdrop of exotic splendour as Englishwoman Laura HewitAn epic love story, in the tradition of THE FAR PAVILIONS, set during the Indian Mutiny.From M M Kaye s THE FAR PAVILIONS to Julia Gregson s EAST OF THE SUN, the Indian Raj has been a rich source of bestsellers ZEMINDAR is one of the greatest ever written.A magnificent, twisting, turning love story unfolds against a backdrop of exotic splendour as Englishwoman Laura Hewitt accompanies her cousin and fiance, first to Calcutta and then to the fabled fiefdom of Oliver Erskine, Zemindar or hereditary ruler of a private kingdom with its own army.But India is on the verge of the Mutiny, which will sweep them all up in its turbulence Not one of them not even the Zemindar himself will remain unchanged by this violent rebellion against the Raj See at headofzeus books Zemindar
Zemindar An epic love story in the tradition of THE FAR PAVILIONS set during the Indian Mutiny From M M Kaye s THE FAR PAVILIONS to Julia Gregson s EAST OF THE SUN the Indian Raj has been a rich source of b

  • Title: Zemindar
  • Author: Valerie Fitzgerald
  • ISBN: 9781781859537
  • Page: 258
  • Format: ebook
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    1. this big fat pillow, you just sunk your head right into it, mark! you slept there for days!i don't know if it's the kind of pillow that everyone would love. but who cares about everyone. you loved it and you know you'll rest your head on it again's a big fluffy pillow, one of those pillows with two sides that look and feel like they came from two separate pillows. on one side is an intricate pattern, an arabesque. you got lost in its design: India of the Company days, on the edge of that era end [...]

    2. I just had to sit back and say WOW!! at the end of this book. This was just outstanding,and I am sorry there was never a sequel and very sorry this author never wrote again. An incredible tale of Laura the poor relation on a journey to India with her newly married cousin Emily and her husband Charles (who Laura thought herself in love with). The book really has a Jane Eyre feel to it, neither the heroine or hero are out and out drop dead good looking, just strong, honorable people we come to car [...]

    3. Clocking in at a small-fonted 798 pages, reading Zemindar is not for the faint of heart, but well worth the journey.Very similar in scope to M.M. Kaye's "Shadow of the Moon", Zemindar focuses on the years 1856-1857-- a very pivotal time period for the British Raj in India. Tensions, misunderstandings, mistakes, atrocities and harsh realities all simmer beneath the backdrop of the exotic Indian landscape. Primarily a historical romance (with most of the emphasis on "historical"), the story of Lau [...]

    4. As a historical fiction, Valerie Fitzgerald's Zemindar, an account of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 against the British East India Company, is superb. The author's grandmother had actually lived through the siege of Lucknow, and it is the central event of the novel. The author herself, as a child, resided there when her father was stationed there during WWII. I cannot think of a more realistic, moving account of the events of that terrifying, savage period of time short of climbing into a time ma [...]

    5. What a great book! A wonderful setting, a beautiful romance, characters I really cared about, an exciting story and lots of fascinating historical detailtely one of my favourite books of the year. I could see the influence of other books that I love – The Far Pavilions, Gone with the Wind and Jane Eyre – so it's maybe not surprising that I loved this one too!Zemindar is set in India before and during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. Laura Hewitt, a single woman of twenty-four, is accompanying her n [...]

    6. Congratulations to myself on finishing the saga!Set in India during events of 1857, the time of the Indian rebellion against the rule of the British East India Company, the book is very long not only by page count (800+) but by the way the author chose to describe the events. Reading it, I was reminded of my experience with War and Peace. Not fair comparison for sure as Tolstoy’s classic was my mandatory reading in High School with all of the effects “mandatory reading” had on me and nobod [...]

    7. I yield. DNF, somewhere around Part 2/pg 200. I was in the mood for a doorstopper historical epic, but this is not the droid I'm looking for. Zemindar contains very vivid, well-crafted visuals of mid-Victorian India. Unfortunately, that's ALL it contains. The plot -- or what little emerges -- is slow, lumbering, & meanders aimlessly. The characters are little better than talking heads & mouthpieces for epic blocks of 'As You Know, Bob' history lessons. And the heroine -- barf. Let's bash [...]

    8. 4 1/2Where to begin on a book that already has so many good reviews? I believe I'll begin with the things I loved… What I Loved descriptions were stunningly beautiful, it actually made me want to go visit India one day, and I've never had that desire.I love that I even cared for characters I didn't think I'd like. Some of my favorite scenes were in the beginning when we see the "real India" and at the end when some beautiful letters are exchanged.When I picked this up I'd been in the mood for [...]

    9. A romance for someone who doesn't do romance due to the well-written historical context. Some reviewers thought it too slow but I did not. Very similar - including page count! - to The Far Pavilions - I read it for a challenge as 'similar' to that book and that does fit - though obviously it's a completely different story!And of course it is the British view of the siege of Lucknow. I am not sure I have ever read an account of the conflict that takes the other point of view though both books do [...]

    10. Right at the beginning of the story, the heroine says she wants to see the "real" India during her expected months of stay in the country. Unfortunately for, I realized only later that even though the author intends to recreate the "real" India of the 1850s, to me (an Indian) it will always be an account of a Firangi. Not that it takes away much from the book or the story, just changes the way I feel about it. Reading about the time before and during Revolt of 1857 from a Englishwoman's perspect [...]

    11. In a nutshell: A young woman,Laura, accompanies her cousin Emily and her husband Charles on a sort of wedding trip to India as a paid lady's companion There they meet up with the husband's half brother Oliver who is a Zemindar of a vast estate called Hassanganj. Cutting a looooong story of 763 pages short, they get caught up in the Sepoy rebellion and seige of Lucknow.As the inside jacket concludes, Laura is forced to confront her own divided loyalties and her own mutinous heart.If youve read M. [...]

    12. This was just outstanding,and I am sorry there was never a sequel and very sorry this author never wrote again. An incredible tale of Laura the poor relation on a journey to India with her newly married cousin Emily and her husband Charles (who Laura thought herself in love with). The book really has a Jane Eyre feel to it, neither the heroine or hero are out and out drop dead good looking, just strong, honorable people we come to care about. As they travel through India on the way to Lucknow in [...]

    13. Think "Gone With the Wind" set in British India -- just as long, just as dramatic, and equally compelling, I found. The first half of the book is easiest to read: lots of wonderful characters are introduced, including young Laura Hewitt, the 'poor relation' who has a stubbornly independent spirit, and Oliver Erskine, Indian-born of English parentage, the hereditary master of a large Indian estate,who has an unfashionable (by British standards)sympathy for and understanding of the native populace [...]

    14. What a great book written by Valerie Fitzgerald, describing the life of a zemindar in the years 1850 in India. The second part describes the long journey of the siege of Lucknow. According to Misfit, the reason of the sepoys revolt is very well explained in Shadow in the Moon by M.M. Kaye. Zemindar is a book that certainly must be re-read without any doubt!!

    15. It's been annoying me for years that I left this book in Thailand back in 2000 and could not even remember the title. Thus there is a small risk that this isn't actually the book I read. Reading the description, some reviews and the title has me convinced though. Of course the details I remember from a book I read 16 years ago are sparse, but unlike many other books I read in 2000 - a supremely prolific reading year for various reasons - certainly means that it was good. I remember the descripti [...]

    16. Simply marvelous with both the historical and story-telling aspect of a novel intact and well researchedeven the climate descriptions of a hot India summer warmed the reality of my frigid January days. My only regret in coming to know Valerie Fitzgerald as an author is the realization that she wrote one bookJust One. But, it is a rare treasure to be savored and enjoyed.

    17. Even though it took me such a long time to read it I totally enjoyed it.This is definitely one of the best books that I have read lately.Epic and filled with details it takes you on a journey and introduces you to British Raj and the characters and the daily life until you feel like you know them, then the Sepoy Mutiny starts and you experience it with them feeling their pain and loss and hardship.I loved Laura's character, and Oliver and Kate. I liked that all the other characters were diverse [...]

    18. This cross between historical fiction and romance would be an ideal choice for someone who loves historical fiction but is ambivalent about romance novels. While the romantic subplot feels like traditional genre romance (at least to me, with my limited knowledge of the genre), the historical plot dominates the book and is fascinating in its own right.Here’s the story: an Englishwoman, Laura Hewitt, travels to India in the 1850s as a chaperone for her younger cousin. Unfortunately for her party [...]

    19. Gone with the Wind, takes place in India. This historical love story is not for the faint hearted reader. It is nearly 800 pages long and goes into horrific detail of the human atrocities during the Indian Mutiny. I did learn a great deal about India and the British occupation.

    20. I've been searching for this huge tome, this door-stopper of a book for the past 3-4 years after knowing it's been touted as the next Far Pavilions and with M.M. Kaye being one of of my favorite authors and as a fan of historical fiction, I finished this book as soon as I could got my hands on it! Maybe I was expecting to be blown away, alas, its only worthy of 3 stars! Yes, it's richly detailed, well written, has an interesting though expected storyline, has massive historical appeal, sadly, it [...]

    21. I won't attempt a review of a book I read (and re-read) when it was first published, but I do have fond memories of both enjoying it and being impressed by its historical detail.As a lifelong Anglo-Indian literature fan and amateur Anglo-Indian historian, authenticity and accuracy make or break a book in this genre. Which is why the books I read to the end are, with only a couple of exceptions, written by authors who have lived and worked on the Indian subcontinent.This belated 'review' of Zemin [...]

    22. I last read this book 10 years ago and loved it. This time through I loved about 2/3 of it, but the last third completely ruined it for me. What I loved about it were the historical aspects. It is a great story of a young British woman who happens to be visiting India during the Sepoy Rebellion of 1857. It is fascinating and gripping, the romantic portions are just enough to add an interesting facet to the story, and she seems to have a good head on her shoulders. But then, after the two have di [...]

    23. Loved it! Gone with the wind meets pride and prejudice India! Not for the faint-hearted and a great journey

    24. FINALLY!!! This ravishing, beautifully written, romantic, historical saga about the Mutiny in India is available for Kindle in the USd right now it's for only $1.99his is perhaps my favorite historical romance of all time, and I've re-read it at least once a year for maybe 20 years. It will remind some readers of Far Pavilions because of the time period and setting, but I have to say I re-read the popular classic recently, and was very disappointed. Zemindar has stood the test of time far better [...]

    25. Hmm, this book was a disappointment if I'm being brutally honest. It started off so promisingly with a main character, Laura, who I seemed to like, an exciting plot of her heading off to India with her cousin and her new husband, especially as it was framed against the run up to the Indian Mutiny of 1857, and the other characters such as Mr Roberts interested me too. The author started off well too as her historical detail was excellent and I really learnt a lot about this era and what life was [...]

    26. Zemindar by Valerie Fitzgerald An Epic, a voluminous read on the Sepoy Mutiny during 1857; from the British point of view. The author depicts through Laura Hewitt the perils of the war who on a visit to India with her cousin gets drawn into the mutiny. Split into 6 books, a diligent description of the way of life in India (of the British) during the mid 19th century has been dealt with. The Zemindar, Talukdar & British life style intertwine to form a new way of life and Laura is ultimately d [...]

    27. I don't deny that this was a good book. The writing was sophisticated and vivid without being overly descriptive, and the book had an overarching plot that was intriguing. I found myself unable to stop reading. Things, however, spiraled downwards for me after the two main characters got together. Everything was just so dramatic between the two that I could not help but roll my eyes. Point is, do love confessions really have to be so theatrical back in the day? Just saying.The last 100 or so page [...]

    28. Pair with Shadow of the Moon at Misfit's suggestion. Recommended by Tweety, Diane Lynn, Dorcas, Laura, Misfit, and The Cat! Wow :DMisfit Hana wrote: "I know about the Sepoy rebellion, but I've never read an account. It was such a terrible turning point in Anglo-Indian history that I must read this one. Great review Misfit!"Thanks Hana, this is all kinds of awesomeness. A good compliment to this book is MM Kaye's Shadow of the Moon. Her characters are outside the residency, whereas Zemindar's cha [...]

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