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One Last Look In January two sisters Eleanor and Harriet set sail for India leaving their home in England to accompany their brother Henry on his posting as Governor General Told through the engaging voi

  • Title: One Last Look
  • Author: Susanna Moore
  • ISBN: 9780141013923
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Paperback
  • In January 1836, two sisters, Eleanor and Harriet, set sail for India, leaving their home in England to accompany their brother, Henry, on his posting as Governor General Told through the engaging voice of Eleanor, One Last Look takes the reader to the heart of nineteenth century India Surrounded by a constant entourage of servants and aides, overwhelmed by the suffocatiIn January 1836, two sisters, Eleanor and Harriet, set sail for India, leaving their home in England to accompany their brother, Henry, on his posting as Governor General Told through the engaging voice of Eleanor, One Last Look takes the reader to the heart of nineteenth century India Surrounded by a constant entourage of servants and aides, overwhelmed by the suffocating heat and her own physical vulnerability, Elenanor begins to realize that nothing is as it seems Will her brother s politicall ambitions lead them inexorably to disaster Is her sister s sanity under threat As fragile boundaries begin to dissolve, and desire and horror overcome her, it is clear that Eleanor s vision of this land and herself will be irrevocably transformed.

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    About "Susanna Moore"

    1. Susanna Moore

      Susanna Moore is the author of the novels One Last Look, In the Cut, The Whiteness of Bones, Sleeping Beauties, and My Old Sweetheart, which won the Ernest Hemingway Foundation PEN Award for First Fiction, and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters Her nonfiction travel book, I Myself Have Seen It, was published by the National Geographic Society in 2003 She lives in New York City.

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    1. Nothing much happens in this book, and yet its aggregate effect is haunting. The language is beautiful, there are some truly weird and unsettling things going on with the narrator (of whose journal entries the novel is comprised), and the fact that so much sordidness is hinted at but never explicitly acknowledged is ultimately pretty powerful. I'm not sure that I'd recommend this to many people, though--maybe to Meghan Lee, who I don't even think is on here.


    2. I haven't made up my mind about this book. On the one hand, I imagine Moore has done her research in detail, and believes she has come to an understanding of what the historical characters experienced. And she certainly makes me want to go to the original sources and get my own sense of the lives of the English Governor General and his family in early Victorian India. Likewise I imagine that the form of this novel, and her writing is deliberately obtuse. So when, as a reader I feel I'm looking a [...]


    3. The book was not compelling, but I am glad I read it. Lots of glimpses into what life was like in India in the mid 19th c. for the British colonials. Also who knew that women couldn't eat cheese in public and wrapping gifts was uncooth. Lots of historical details about hygiene (bathrooms, periods, etc.).


    4. The 'voice' of the diarist is so witty that I enjoyed the book, despite finding some of the antics the British in India got up to slightly incredible. She paints a vivid picture - enchanting and appalling at the same time - of colonial life in India when Victoria had just become queen.


    5. Disturbing account of British occupation of India from 1836-1843. Mostly set in Calcutta, told from Lady Eleanor's perspective. Supposedly historically accurate, very lush descriptions. Ultimately discusses the failure of imperialism. Strange book, but nicely written.


    6. lovely. One of the best things about Moore is the heavy atmosphere of sexual potential--a constant in stories of otherwise very different subjects and execution. Moore's heroines often have a mordantly funny voice and this one's even funnier than the rest.


    7. This book was a little odd with its subplot of incest (I never quite figure out exactly what was going on there) but I did enjoy reading about how two eccentric high society women adapted to colonial Indian life.


    8. "Our journey has been most uneventful." (pg. 281) - I couldn't agree more! One Last Look is rich in description, and that's about it.


    9. This was primarily interesting as it may have been based on truth, but then I'd rather read the excerpts of diaries the author used than the novel she used it for. Interesting about India in the 1830s.


    10. This is the third book by Moore that I have read. The best so far. She writes with such skill that I can see and smell and hear what her protagonist sees, smells, hears. The description falls flat in comparison to the richness of this story.



    11. Susanna Moore used the letters and diaries of three Englishwomen in India at the time of the Great Game with Russia as basis for this novel, sometimes using their actual words. The result is a sly, funny, sad, and moving story of transformation and Empire.Eleanor Oliphant, her sister, and cousin, accompany her brother to India in 1836. The King has appointed brother Henry Governor-General of the colony to help the noble Oliphants after the loss of the family fortune. After all, everyone gets ric [...]


    12. Moore’s novel, exquisitely written and deftly composed, is a journey through colonial India that feels infinitely more realistic and truer than most historical novels written on a similar subject and whose epic exoticism, by now, often comes across as cliché-ridden. Moore doesn’t go for the spectacular nor the feverishly romantic, even if her story abounds in scenes that leave the reader enchanted: she prefers intimacy, and makes us discover India through the gaze of her heroines, who are, [...]


    13. Thanks to Hazel for the intriguing review of this book which I enjoyed in an off-beat way. The narrative (and the emotional tone) was slippery and hard to grasp. The language was often obscure which lead eventually to an overall hallucinatory state (perhaps consistent with the eventual opium addiction of the narrator).Lady Eleanor with her sister Harriet accompanies her brother (Henry) to India where he has been appointed Governor-General. Eleanor's incestuous relationship to Henry motivated thi [...]


    14. There's a real dream-like quality to this novel, which takes the form of a journal written by Lady Eleanor, who accompanies her brother to colonial India when he's appointed governor-general in 1836. India is an epiphany for the English: a swirl of sounds, smells, and color from which they never recover. Susanna Moore's grasp of the history is impeccable. Her characters are vibrant, excepting, maybe, Henry. Her writing is precise and at times lively:"We sat there in a silence sufficient to extin [...]


    15. We zien alles door Eleanors ogen, waardoor je soms zelf dingen moet raden en het niet duidelijk is wat er juist is gebeurd. Wél overduidelijk is de incestueuze relatie tussen Eleanor en Henry…De aparte, ironische kijk op de dingen rondom maakt Eleanors dagboek speciaal. Je krijgt gedetailleerde fragmenten, scherp geanalyseerd en geviseerd, over hun leven in en verre tochten door dat verre, onbegrepen land.Er is ook voor een einde gezorgd, fijn vind ik dat: de familie keer na 7 jaar terug naar [...]


    16. I vaguely remembered one of Ms. Moore's books being published by Knopf right before I started working there; it didn't get much attention because (I believe was said) of the low sales of her previous book, published back in 2001, which seemed to be one of that fall's many 9/11 casualties, put out right at that time when none of us could pay attention to things like novels.Anyway, I came across "One Last Look" when my sister and I decided last year to try to travel to India in 2009 and I began lo [...]


    17. The thing about this book that I loved was that it was written from the perspective of a modern woman, yet the world she evokes in her journals is very much that of an earlier time when the world was much bigger and more mysterious. Books set in India generally appeal to memething about the richness of detail in everyday life. There was plenty of that here, along with a sense of what it may have been like to be among the most privileged class during the Raj.


    18. A lot of the words were unknown to me & I wish there were a glossary included in the book. Sometimes I had trouble with the manner of speaking in the time period. Even with these shortcomings I found the story & the history & culture of that time period to be fascinating. I would like to read more books that take place in India during this time.


    19. For the first third of this book, I kept thinking "This is boring. I think I'm going to stop reading it." I kept thinking that, and I kept not stopping, and I ended up liking it so much. I felt totally bonded with the narrator by the end, and the whole story is really sticking with me. It was a very hypnotic read.


    20. The topic was interesting, Brits in India in the early 19th Century, but I'd prefer reading the actual letters of Fanny Parks and Emily & Fanny Eden from which the author got her story. Moore is an old favorite of mine for her beautiful, evocative writing and she did not disappoint in that aspect of the book, but I found the characters lacking.


    21. Actually "read" is an overstatement. I got to page 37 and gave up. It's fine if you don't want to disclose what your book is about within the first 30 pages, but at least make it enjoyable to read until you get to the meat of the matter. It's ridiculous how awkwardly written this diary-style tale of a British(?) woman in India is.


    22. I have owned this book for several years and I think this is the fourth time I have read it. Every time there is something new to notice and relish. Plus it is India and very hot. Everyone is sweating through their violet silk gowns. A good way to stay warm in the winter.


    23. For me, this was a lovely journey in early 19th century India. It is quirky, insightful into the thoughts of a woman living in the early British Raj, and for me, emotionally moving. There are numerous historical details woven in that give it credibility.


    24. Life for the sister of the governor general in 1836 India is a series of revelations about the country and about herself that make for intriguing reading. I learned not just history but also how snobbery about another culture can, over time, change to appreciation.


    25. I carried this book through four moves but hadn't read it so finally I did. Not sure how I feel about it accept I am glad it is done. It was extremely descriptive and I can tell that Moore did her research but I just disliked the characters so much that I could not enjoy the book.




    26. Another historical novel set in India, this novel also incorporates the British culture your favorite books indicate you enjoy.


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