Holder of the World

Paperback | January 13, 2003

byMukherjee Bharati

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This is the remarkable story ofHannah Easton, a unique woman born in the American colonies in 1670, "aperson undreamed of in Puritan society." Inquisitive, vital and awake toher own possibilities, Hannah travels to Mughal, India, with her husband, andEnglish trader. There, she sets her own course, "translating" herselfinto the Salem Bibi, the white lover of a Hindu raja.

It is also the story of BeighMasters, born in New England in the mid-twentieth century, an "assethunter" who stumbles on the scattered record of her distant relative's lifewhile tracking a legendary diamond. As Beigh pieces together details of Hannah'sjourneys, she finds herself drawn into the most intimate and spellbinding fabricof that remote life, confirming her belief that with "sufficient passionand intelligence, we can decontrsuct the barriers of time andgeography...."

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This is the remarkable story ofHannah Easton, a unique woman born in the American colonies in 1670, "aperson undreamed of in Puritan society." Inquisitive, vital and awake toher own possibilities, Hannah travels to Mughal, India, with her husband, andEnglish trader. There, she sets her own course, "translating" herselfinto the Salem Bi...

"BHARATI MUKHERJEE is the author of many acclaimed novels, including The Holder of the World, Leave It to Me, and Jasmine, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; two non-fiction books with her husband, writer Clark Blaise; and a collection of short stories, The Middleman and Other Stories, for which she won the American N...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:January 13, 2003Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:000639177X

ISBN - 13:9780006391777

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit tough to get through, but still worth reading “The Holder of the World” was an interesting story, however it was so emotionally detached from its readers that I found it hard to get through. Perhaps I would have found it more interesting if I had more of a historical background myself, because I found the first two parts of the story very difficult to get through. There was so much historical information given, yet the reader was not given the opportunity to become emotionally vested in any of the characters. The third part of the story was far more interesting to me- we follow Hannah Easton as she conquers India and immerses herself in the culture there. I really think that this book had the potential to be a great story, appealing to wide audiences. I do think that it fell short of the expectations I had before reading it, and that I would have enjoyed it more if it had been told from the perspective of Hannah Easton. The story is actually told from the point of view of Beigh Masters, but we only catch fleeting and insignificant glimpses into her life, and her presence in the book seems to me to be unnecessary. I would have liked to learn more about her, to become more involved in her life- that, too, would have made the book more interesting to the general reader. All in all, this was a good book- a firm plot, an interesting storyline. I just think that in the end it ended up appealing to a smaller audience than the author perhaps intended. It is still well worth reading for anyone with a particular interest in history or foreign culture.
Date published: 2008-01-22

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Editorial Reviews

"Ms. Mukherjee draws us with vigor and scrupulous attention to detail across time...into the footsteps of not one but two extraordinary women." —The New York Times Book Review

"An amazing literary feat and a masterpiece of storytelling. Once again, Bharati Mukherjee proves she is one of ourforemost writers..." —Amy Tan

"...a finely detailed panorama that grows more entrancing with every page." —Quill & Quire