Letters from India 1932–1945
by Mary Puxley, edited by Molly Titus
Letters from India, the riveting & insightful collection of letters written by Mary Puxley while she lived in India from 1932-1945. These letters reveal an intriguing world during a pivotal time in history, which comes alive & bristles with characters, plot lines & exotic settings.
Audiences rave about Molly's readings of Letters from India. They especially love the Q&A sessions at the end. Molly has read at Inprint, the University of New Brunswick Bookstore in Saint John; Massey College, Toronto; the Port Medway Fire Hall, The Biscuit Eater in Mahone Bay, and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Nova Scotia.
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Comments from Readers
I like the details that light up the letters, so many word pictures, never boring. Also, throughout the course of the book, the reader can see the development of her character, how she grows.We really do get to know her. I like the way you underlined her underlined words (instead of italics). That gives the reader a sense of immediacy and reminds us that it is a handwritten letter. I am impressed with her relationship with her family, wanting to share all this with them, but being careful never to worry them. (Upbeat at times when I can imagine she could have chosen a rant or tears). The selection of the letters was really skillfully done. I found it hard to stop reading—there was momentum. It's a book I want to start all over again and reread. — Roberta Lee, Saint John, NB
Wow. I really loved it and felt so disappointed when it ended. I just wanted to go on and on reading your mother’s letters. It strikes me that she was really quite an amazing person, especially for her time, but would be even now. There were so many interesting things about the letters and your parents’ life in India that I wouldn't know where to begin. I loved all the day to day stuff (she was obviously not lazy and had quite a capacity to keep going in the face of adversity) but I also enjoyed her perspectives on the political situations and that she had the courage to write those things home, even when they wouldn’t be in accord the accepted wisdom. — Brenda Conroy, Halifax, NS
I was very struck by how the letters and the life they describe do not seem dated. ..their reactions to the II War news in fascinating too – as is seeing how it affected them, so far from the conflict…and India’s reaction to it… — Elizabeth Hurst, Windsor, UK
I am enthralled by your mother’s letters! It was so interesting hearing your mother’s views on Ghandi – not unmixed! — Claire Peppiatt, Wimbledon, UK
How marvelous that she left such a stunning record of herself, her thinking, her interests, the impact of the world which she inhabited upon her and her upon it…It’s amazing how, during the war years, they were able to keep up with the happenings all over the world on a daily basis, even without TV, email, twitter and all the rest….the close relationships, the keen powers of observation and empathy make her place and time come alive on the page, and for all that I’m grateful. — Camille Nichols, Berkeley, CA
I’m so sad as I’ve just finished reading “Letters from India”. It’s been my treat every afternoon with my tea to read a few pages – and now nothing. — Shelah Kent, Calgary, AB
She was a lovely writer and a keen observer…I'd like to order another copy. — Bronwyn Drainie. Toronto, ON
I have fallen in love with your mother Mary! The latter years.. and the War years, put a whole lot of events in perspective for me, and I found it so interesting to read her comments about Congress, Ghandi, Nehru etc. What I find so enthralling is reading about the Indians themselves, the villages they visit, the interests they have in their agriculture, medicine, schools, and how they respect the different religions. —Deirdre Barclay, Hove, UK
I think it fascinating to get such a glimpse into the everyday lives of people. Your book is so special because normally we only get to read the letters of 'great historical figures' (Churchill, Chopin and Sand, Leibniz and Newton). I think you've really brought out the extraordinariness of so-called ordinary lives, and your mother is a great writer! One funny aspect: the book for me often blurred the line between fiction and non-fiction. I got so comfortable with the fantastic narratives that I began to expect extraordinary (fictional) plot developments: your mother having a dark affair, your father turning out to be some sort of spy in the end. I had to keep reminding myself that there was not bound to be some poignant and earth-shattering climax, though the book is no less remarkable for the lack of it. —Peter Lenco, Bielefeld, Germany