One of the women, Rosa, is carrying a child named Magda. Moreover, Mair never fully reaches her potential as an interesting protagonist. The story is brilliant and captures one's curiosity. It did not flow and seemed to have no baring to anything else. I wasn't connecting or engaging with any of the characters. A powerful novel that spans many different time periods and war that would change the complexion of so many lives. The only flaw if it is a flaw is that all of the ends are tied up so neatly — especially Farida and Zahra — that one was just too pat.
Rosa lifted, shook, whipped, unfurled. So while portions of the historical story captured my attention, on the whole I think this is a below average novel. The intricate weaving and the story told within the tattered folds of this woven shawl create a tapestry within it that holds a story about the past. Archives Archives Disclaimers To the best of our knowledge, all photos and graphics used on Romancing the Book have either been created by us, purchased for our use or have been provided to us by other blogs for their events or the author, publicist or publisher for use in promoting the author's work. The social classes seem the same as people judge you by appearances, wealth and status even back then. The lamenting voices strummed so convincingly, so passionately, it was impossible to suspect them of being phantoms.
A little unbelievable in parts but altogether an interesting, involving read from an excellent author. I really recommend this as a Historical read, so very interesting. But, there is another story that of Caroline, her infidelity and the beautiful child that so many others helped her care for keeping her secret when her husband returned form war. During her time away and after meeting Myrtle she learned much about men and women and she began to understand an entirely different way of life. Though Thomas falls short in providing a present-day storyline, she makes up for it with the compelling, scandalous tale of Nerys in 1940s India, set against the dynamic backdrop of Kashmir.
Then Evan returns and he life was no longer the same just what will she do? Review: I read my first Rosie Thomas novel more than two decades ago. I liked Nerys but again the character wasn't right- first a new bride out of the Welsh valleys and then an adulterer without, seemingly a moment of regret and being described as so much more mature than a young, English bride. These funds will go towards paying for the site and defraying costs of prizes and mailing them. The story of Nerys is visible to the reader, but not to Mair. The story of a woman who explores the unknown history of her late grandmother with the aid of a precious Kashmir shawl promised to be intriguing, with plenty of exotic locations and interesting characters. Within one exotic land lie the secrets of a lifetime… Newlywed Nerys Watkins leaves rural Wales for the first time to accompany her husband on a missionary posting to India. Thus begins her quest for answers, and her trip to India.
That is, until I got caught up in the story! You could think she was one of their babies. As she begins to trace the provenance of the shawl and her own family history she learns much about herself. It was fat with air, full and round. But as well as the story of Nerys, Myrtle,Carline and Nerys' grand-d Brilliant! Totally out of a picture. I also found that the book contained an enormous amount of interesting facts about India in general and during the time of separation.
I learned a lot about India that changed my perspective on the current situation with China, Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Nerys becomes caught up in a dangerous liaison, and by the time she is reunited with her husband, she is a different woman. I definitely enjoy Nerys' story much better. Interspersed between chapters about Mair's current day travels, is a much more interesting journey through the same country with Nerys Watkins and her missionary husband, Evan, and her two close friends, Myrtle McMinn and Caroline Bowen. GradeSaver, 19 February 2018 Web. Tracing her grandparents' roots back to Kashmir, Mair embarks on a quest that will change her life forever.
She sucked and sucked, flooding the threads with wetness. The descriptions of Kashmir were really well done, I felt like I was transported both geographically and historically. As I got into it, I enjoyed it more and found it unputdownable, however the plot was contrived and you could tell a lot of what was going to happen. She might be surprised, or afraid; she might drop the shawl, and Magda would fall out and strike her head and die. She decides to go to India to follow the trail of these items to see what she can learn about her Grandmother, Nerys Watkins.
She also has written two collections of poetry, Jacklight, and Baptism of Desire. In my view, this is her best yet. It was inevitable anyway as they had nothing to eat, but Stella is portrayed as heartless and cold insight without any pity for others. One could see Rosa as a crazy woman, one way she refers to herself, but one can't help empathize with her and her struggle to maintain sanity and dignity in the face of evil. The characters are fully rounded and believable, the reader is seemingly effortlessly transported to the paradise that was Srinagar. It is absolutely amazing how a spectrum of issues can be highlighted in the same story held by a common thread; ecological issue such as the diminishing population of vultures as a result of feeding on carcasses of animals dosed with Diclofenac and resultant increase in deaths by rabid bites by feral dogs, the alarming issue of the diminishing traditional craft of intricate hand embroidery giving way to mechanised design of shawls, the stark economic disparity in Kashmir in the past and present, the unending political turmoil and social unrest, to name some. But she did not know which to go after first, Magda or the shawl.
The first couple of chapters were really laborious. It now becomes her protection, her baby. You can help us out by revising, improving and updating this section. When she arrives at the appointed place and sees Victor instead of Jacques she flees, dropping the shawl. Most of the cities and towns and mountains were well described and sometimes almost made me want to visit India. However, once I had become familiar with the characters they started to feel like friends, particularly those from the 1940's time frame. In order to capture the very essence of her novel's geography Thomas actually travelled extensively throughout the area collating her research and truly experiencing the things that create the history of her story - the landscapes, the smells, the rich past and present of the Kashmiri people; Moving, evocative and raw.
The stunning descriptions of the landscape and the lifestyle in both present day India and at the height of the British Raj in the 1940s really brought the book to life and the characters were all easy to engage with and memorable. She could leave the line for a minute and push Magda into the hands of any woman on the side of the road. Magda was quiet, but her eyes were horribly alive, like blue tigers. The shawl and its connection to the core event in Rosa's life continues to carry significance in the second story. It was a magic shawl, it could nourish an infant for three days and three nights. She continues to hide the baby inside her shawl.