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Book Title: The Householder: A Novel (The Norton Library)|
Date of issue: December 17th 2001
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The author of the book: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 772 KB
Edition: W. W. Norton & Company
Read full description of the books The Householder: A Novel (The Norton Library):Having made a trip to India at the end of 2012, I've found myself fascinated with the country and reading quite a few books about Indian life, some fiction and some non-fiction. Although this novel was written more than forty years ago, I suspect that the life of a young, newly married man (in an arranged marriage), holding down a job in a 2nd or perhaps 3rd or 4th rate college may not be so very different today. The adjustment to married life and all its responsibilities is quite a task even in a country where marriage for love, and often living together first, is the norm as it is here in our country and most western societies. The central character in Jhabvala's novel is young, the only wage earner in the family, with a pregnant wife. He isn't happy or even good at his job, but he has the responsibilities of a householder now...rent, food, the expenses of a child on the way, and the care of a wife not [yet] happy with her situation. He has only his parents' marriage as a model for his...the wife always obedient, the husband complete head of the household, the servant a requirement. He has no really close friend, someone in whom to confide, to ask for advice. His mother announces she is coming for an extended visit and his wife says she's going home until the baby is born...what to do?! I recommend this book.
Read information about the authorRuth Prawer Jhabvala, CBE is a Booker prize-winning novelist, short story writer, and two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter. She is perhaps best known for her long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions, made up of director James Ivory and the late producer Ismail Merchant. Their films won six Academy Awards.
She fled Cologne with her family in 1939 and lived through the London Blitz. After university she moved to Delhi, her home for 24 years (until 1975). She began to write fiction, exploring east-west encounters, and won the Booker prize. Based in New York until she died in 2013, she is best known for her Oscar-winning screenplays and her novel 'Heat and Dust'.
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