Coromandel Sea Change #2020

Coromandel Sea Change By Rumer Godden Coromandel Sea Change Blaise and Mary arrive at Patna Hall a hotel on India s shimmering Coromandel coast to spend part of their honeymoon Patna Hall is as beautiful and timeless as India itself ruled over firmly and wi
  • Title: Coromandel Sea Change
  • Author: Rumer Godden
  • ISBN: 9780330487849
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Paperback
  • Coromandel Sea Change By Rumer Godden Blaise and Mary arrive at Patna Hall, a hotel on India s shimmering Coromandel coast, to spend part of their honeymoon Patna Hall is as beautiful and timeless as India itself, ruled over firmly and wise by proprietor Auntie Sanni For Mary it feels strangely like home.In a week that will change the young couple s destiny, election fever grips the Southern Indian state andBlaise and Mary arrive at Patna Hall, a hotel on India s shimmering Coromandel coast, to spend part of their honeymoon Patna Hall is as beautiful and timeless as India itself, ruled over firmly and wise by proprietor Auntie Sanni For Mary it feels strangely like home.In a week that will change the young couple s destiny, election fever grips the Southern Indian state and Mary falls under the spell of the people, the country and Krishnan, godlike candidate for the Root and Flower party A sense of timelessness reminiscent of E.M Forster social comedy slowly spirals into personal tragedy The Times The prose is as simple and luminous as the fantasy it elaborates an interlude of exoticism and sensuous pleasure Independent On Sunday Sheer enjoyment Guardian The miracle of this book is Godden s genius for storytelling Evening Standard
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    1. Rumer Godden

      Margaret Rumer Godden was born in Sussex, but grew up in India, in Narayanganj Many of her 60 books are set in India Black Narcissus was made into a famous movie with Deborah Kerr in 1947.Godden wrote novels, poetry, plays, biographies, and books for children For information, see the official website Rumer Godden

    796 thoughts on “Coromandel Sea Change”

    1. Oh this one holds some true clashes of temperament and entire worldview sensibility It s entrenched within the culture of India and within a Coromandel coast hotel Think much like the hotel Best Exotic Marigold Hotel that kind of setting but on a cove of that wild coast It s in the week prior to a local election The first pages of this novel list the myriads of hotel characters Employers, clients, employees, associated neighborhood help and they run to the dozens It s 4 pages in my book.Here s t [...]


    2. I love Rumer Godden Her style charms me, and I mean that in the sense that I become enrapt in her magical bookscapes Coromandel Sea Change is about an Englishwoman who goes to India on her honeymoon and becomes deeply involved in the local politics It sounds like it would be about real things but it s really about inner thingsfalsehood and truth, and the nature of reality The Indian background is dreamlike, almost mystical, and it makes a perfect contrast and backdrop for Mary s sharp, painful, [...]


    3. My love of Southern India might cloud my rating a bit, but as this is the second time I ve read this book, I doubt it It s so cinematic, and the characters so well written, that the pleasure in a well rounded novel hasn t faded.


    4. Rumer Godden s Coromandel Sea Change is a book best approached with little information Let s just say that this exotic novel focuses on an old fashioned hotel, Patna Hall, run by Anglo Indians to the highest specifications To this hotel come an ill suited couple on their honeymoon the hidebound junior diplomat Blaise Browne and his exuberant, free thinking, much younger wife, Mary Married less than a month, the couple is already at odds, as he tries to control her and thinks of his position tha [...]


    5. Rumer Golden is one of my favorite authors She can tell a story In this book we travel to the Patna Hall Hotel in India I could really picture this place in my mind as Ms Godden described it so well Run by the queenly Aunt Sannie, the hotel if full to over flowing as it is the week before a big election in this area A young married couple, the Brownes, caught my interest right away Blaise Browne is a young diplomat just married to the daughter of a diplomat Mary is just 18 and seems surprised to [...]


    6. Disappointing I fell in love with the author after reading In This House of Brede, but this book wasn t on the same level at all There is a certain lyrical quality to the writing but the content was lacking There were also tones and themes I was disappointed to see from a Catholic author Free spirits including free love seems to be the order of the day in this novel.


    7. A nice story, charming even, marred unfortunately by glaring anachronisms The book came out in 1991, but it s impossible to tell when the book is set The main characters, uptight young British diplomat and his teenage bride, have a conflict of a kind that couldn t imaginably happen recently than the 1960s The election belongs to a time that could be any time after the invention of the helicopter, but before mobile phones Late in the novel, one of the characters mentions that the hotel really ou [...]


    8. 3.5 Stars and a promise to myself to look for other books by this author I really enjoyed this English invasion of India at Auntie s hotel by the sea, peppered with wonderful characters and undeniable respect for India s people, culture and religions.Heartbreaking situation for a honeymoon couple in one respect, but it was uncommonly modern thinking for this author Vivid portrayals of enchanting scenes to remember.


    9. The chief attraction of this book is its exotic locale a luxury seaside hotel in India Godden is a master at capturing the essence of a place Reading Coramandel Sea Change is probably the closest I ll ever come to lounging around a gorgeous resort This is also a story of sexual repression, which I believe was inspired by Rumer s first marriage to Lawrence Foster It s impressive that she could conjure such bitter scenes years after her own disastrous honeymoon She gives an interesting account of [...]


    10. Lightly entertaining but not one of her most interesting Black Narcissus, The River Takes place over one week in a hotel on the south east coast of India during a local election Between the hotel staff and the guests, there are lots of characters and stories but the characters are a bit stereotypical I had to wince when an American woman said something was real fun and the events a bit predictable Interesting descriptions of the area, food, and politics but overall not much depth.


    11. LOved this book IT s set in India in a grand hotel on the sea The owner, Auntie Sammi, is a real character she s the heart of the book It takes place on a busy weekend many guests, including a honeymooning couple, the regulars an elderly couple , a couple of would be politicians, who are backing a local candidate for MP This young man is a real comer and smart He s running against a woman, who has been MP for many years and is pulling out all stops to win this election The story is well told, wi [...]


    12. This book ended completely differently than I thought it would It s the story of Mary Browne, who has married in haste a cold, pompous man who really is not suitable for her While on honeymoon in India, Mary s eyes, heart and spirit are opened to a new world that greatly appeals to her It does not, however, appeal to her new husband whatsoever Needless to say, conflicts arise, and the book is populated with interesting characters, including some animals A good read for a sleepy afternoon.


    13. Finally returned to and finished this novel Though the writing is good and mood is set well, the author has disappointed me with some vulgarity and unbalanced portrayal of paganism I expected something different from Godden.





    14. Insightbinto IndiaI liked the love story juxtaposed with the unhappy marriage Easy to understand why the two were dissimilar Enjoyable book.


    15. Many people are bewitched on their first encounter with India Bewitched or repelled Blaise hated the bazaars, the smell of human excrement in the gutters, the cooking smells of mustard oil and ghee, the over ripe fruit with their cloud of flies, the starving children, the cheap, man made goods But his eighteen year old, newly wed wife had spent a lifetime sheltered in school I want to see it whole, she insisted She was tired of club people and westernized Indians Blaise and Mary s marriage was p [...]


    16. Many people are bewitched on their first encounter with India Bewitched or repelled.Blaise hated the bazaars, the smell of human excrement in the gutters, the cooking smells of mustard oil and ghee, the over ripe fruit with their cloud of flies, the starving children, the cheap, man made goods But his eighteen year old, newly wed wife had spent a lifetime sheltered in school I want to see it whole, she insisted She was tired of club people and westernized Indians.Blaise and Mary s marriage was p [...]


    17. ARC from Netgalley.This book was originally published in 1991, but reads as if it were written much earlier We are not given the time frame in the book, but it feels timeless It tells the story of a young couple, Blaise and Mary Browne, who are spending their honeymoon at Patna Hall on the Coromandel coast of Indian.At the center of the story is Auntie Sanni, owner of the hotel She gives the sense of having seen it all and accepts everyone as she finds them Unruffled, she takes everything with a [...]


    18. Coromandel Sea Change by Rumer Godden 4 ARC ER, NetGalleyI love Rumer Godden Her style always seems to charm me I love her magical landscaping and the way she paints a scene.This particular story is about an Englishwoman who goes to India on her honeymoon and becomes deeply involved in the local politics It sounds like it would be about her time there in general but in the reading of her story the reader finds that it is about her truth of life and the nature of her reality.The Indian backgroun [...]


    19. I would rather like to spend some time myself at Padna Hall Having been there in mind if not in body for the last few days I can say that the Coromandel Sea Change has done me good Rumer Godden has created a world here that is timeless and in a way mysterious The outside world does little to intrude upon the world at Patna Hall, although the residents listen to the news and read the papers The indian election is ever so slightly farcicial but aren t they all with Krishnan the candidate in the ab [...]


    20. Interesting kind of liked the eye opening of the main character to the world and to loving everyone and everything It was interesting juxtaposed against the other character who only sees the world in how it can relate to himself It kind of ended abruptly, like a throw away ending though and I didn t appreciate the bad guy being beaten by having him accused of homosexuality and pedophilia the pedophilia was possible, but unclear, but that doesn t relate to homosexuality and only really related to [...]


    21. It doesn t usually take me so long to read a book and at times I had to make myself finish this one I m glad I did but Mrs Godden s books are hard for me to read This is the second one and I will be taking a break from fear books for awhile This book got better the further I got into it Mary was a strong heroine conflicted at times but still strong Maybe if I was familiar with India and its culture customs, I would have enjoyed reading this book It is well written Thank you to NetGalley and th [...]


    22. Having recently recently read and loved Rumer Godden s The River I came to this with great expectations which were disappointed The characters are all stereotypes and the picture of India we are presented with is equally stereotypical the cliched India of a romantic teenager Such a shame Nevertheless the prose is often a joy to read, exuding sensuality, and I can forgive much for the beautifully handled detail of Patna Hall, the food, the animals, and expat life.


    23. I got this as I was going to visit the Coramandel Peninsula in New Zealand not realizing that there is a Coramandel Sea off India It turned out to be a pleasant read though not quite sure how satirical it was in regards to the Indian political system As well at least one character was a caricature and several others well on the way


    24. I loved the setting in an Indian hotel, and some of the supporting cast were marvelous, but I found the central characters a very young woman and her abusive husband extremely annoying and their story too melodramatic Not one of my favorites of Godden s novels.


    25. As I noted at the time, the book had a slow start and generally didn t do much to sustain my interest One interesting quote from the book None of us should marry, unless we love a man so much we would go through hell for him, which we probably have to do.


    26. Enjoyed this book set in India during pre election times It deals with the guests and staff at a smallish hotel The guests are mostly if not all British, including a newly married couple whose marriage is clearly an oddity I enjoy most of Rumer Godden s books and this was no exception.


    27. I had hoped to like this one but sadly didn t I can t quite put my finger on why but it may come from my own dislike of hot, humid, tropical climates I suspect that colored my feeling for a story set in one.


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