Two Under the Indian Sun

In November 1914 two small sisters, Jon and Rumer Godden, returned to India They had spent a year in London being brought up by austere aunts, but now the zeppelins were expected, and so they were summoned back to their home in East Bengal Jon was only seven and a half and Rumer six Two Under the Indian Sun , a unique collaboration, is a remembrance of the five yearsIn November 1914 two small sisters, Jon and Rumer Godden, returned to India They had spent a year in London being brought up by austere aunts, but now the zeppelins were expected, and so they were summoned back to their home in East Bengal Jon was only seven and a half and Rumer six Two Under the Indian Sun , a unique collaboration, is a remembrance of the five years that followed, in the village of Narayangunj where their father worked as a steamship agent on a bustling river that feeds the great Brahmaputra It is an evocation of a few years that will always be timeless for these two, and it is as true an account as memory can accomplish India, for them, was sun baked dust between their toes, colored robes in the market place, the chanting of coolies, the deep hoot of steamers on the river, and the smells of thorn trees, mustard, and coconut oil smells redolent of the sun.India was also people, people of every kind, each different from the other and bringing a trail of other differences, of place, custom, religion, even of skin It was not an ordinary life for young girls, and later they agreed that it might have been better had they been raised in the simplicity of their Quaker forbears Better, Jon was to say, but not nearly as interesting Above all, those five years were a time when everything was clear each thing was itself joy was joy, hope was hope, fear and sorrow were fear and sorrow Jon and Rumer have written of that time with a single voice, perhaps because during those years the two sisters grew so close that between them was a passing of thought, of feeling, of knowing without any need for words From the front inside jacket.
Two Under the Indian Sun In November two small sisters Jon and Rumer Godden returned to India They had spent a year in London being brought up by austere aunts but now the zeppelins were expected and so they were sum

  • Title: Two Under the Indian Sun
  • Author: Jon Godden Rumer Godden
  • ISBN: 9780333058268
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. I adore well-written happy childhood narratives. The memories of youth are uncomplicated and touched with wonder and magic. If those happy childhoods were lived in the Bengal, India of 100 years ago, so much the better! This is one of the best memoirs I've read. It's co-written by two sisters whose father worked for a British steamer company in what is now part of Pakistan. Concise, precise, fascinating, funny, sad. I can't wait to forget it so I can savor it all over again. Another excellent Br [...]

    2. This collaborative effort between two sisters who were both writers is as slow-moving as the Godden's beloved river, covering a mere five or six years in their lives. However, these were the formative years that shaped their personalities and helped to determine their futures. After a year "at Home" being educated by puritanical maiden aunts, they are shuttled back to India due to the outbreak of WW1--much to their delight. Published when they were both established authors, the biography describ [...]

    3. How did these two sisters remember and observe such wonderful details about their childhood in India? During the first World War, one hundred years ago, they share with the reader all the privileges of a English family living in India. They had an enormous "stone" house; their numerous servants slept mostly in huts on the ground. Even children are aware of the caste system and they accept it but question the fairness of it. The two sisters are sent back to London for one year which allows them t [...]

    4. I first read Jon and Rumer Godden’s memoir of growing up in India when I was in high school. Two Under the Indian Sun is not the best book you’ll read—it’s a bit slow in the plot department and the gals have a privileged white perspective in British occupied India that can be frustrating—but the Godden sisters have such an incredible love for the country, it’s hard not to be warmed by their depictions. I’m not sure why I wanted to pick up this book again after so many years—perha [...]

    5. After being sent to England for a year, to live with well meaning but unworldly Aunts, the sisters Jon and Rummer were now returning to their family and home in Narayangunj, India. It's 1914 and they have come home to escape from the dangers of war. Aged 7 and 6 they spend the next five years in India, where their mother is constantly vigilant of the water they drink, the mosquitoes that invade at night and all the unseen dangers of everyday life. The girls love their Indian lifestyle, and the f [...]

    6. Rumer Godden is one of my favorite writers, so I was delighted to come across her memoir about growing up in India. The book is co-written with her older sister, Jon, and covers the WW1 years when both girls were returned to India after war broke out. They were expected to spend their formative years in England, but war changed that. The contrast between their six months or so in England with maiden aunts and their nearly five years in India with sisters and servants and friends, roaming the cou [...]

    7. I'm always wishing for half stars. I liked this very much. It took me back to my childhood when I loved reading Rumer Godden's books. I must have read The Greengage Summer and Kingfishers Catch Fire several times each. They were up there with Ballet Shoes and the rest of Noel Streatfield's stories but even more exotic and grown up. This memoir ends just as they arrive back in england, which sounds depressingly grey after vivid India.

    8. A dreamy book about two girls, Jon and Rumer Godden, during WWI in India, and a little hint of their growing up. I loved this book, and am so happy to see I already have many books written by Rumer! I can plunge right into another one, "Breakfast with the Nikolides.""Two Under The Indian Sun" takes place in my favorite period, WWI during the Raj. So glad I just read "Women of the Raj," which enlarged my knowledge about the lives of the women and children transplanted into India, while their fath [...]

    9. This is a delightful memoir by the English sisters Jon and Rumer Godden (those are their pen names) of five childhood years spent in India with their parents, two more sisters, and a contingent of Indian servants while World War I was being fought in Europe. This golden time tied them to India for the rest of their lives even though they did their higher education in England. They returned to India, where they married other ex patriots; Rumer set up a school for dance; and both wrote novels, wit [...]

    10. Jon and Rumer Godden, the older of four sisters in their family, had been sent to England for education, to live with their father’s sisters, as a matter of course, while their parents and younger sisters stayed in India, where their father worked for a steamship company. All families did the same. But in 1914 war broke out, and fear for their safety led their parents to recall them to India – a “reprieve” from the severe upbringing they had been receiving for the last year. In India, th [...]

    11. Jon and Rumer Godden spent the happiest part of their childhood in India and wrote this delightful collaborative memoir about it. I can imagine the two sisters in old age, sitting in an English cottage, asking each other, 'Do you remember?' and then naming a person or an event or a place, then the other sister replying, 'But of course!' and elaborating on the memory.Sometimes it is possible to distinguish the hand of the author: surely the richness of the descriptions must be Rumer's, the incisi [...]

    12. I just finished this book. It is a well-written memoir by two sisters, Jon and Rumer Godden. The voice changes back and forth, and once you get accustomed to that, it makes for a unique style which is quite charming. I learned much about India as it was during the early 20th century, particularly from a young English girl's perspective. I hated it to end and immediately ordered another memoir by Rumer Godden. I highly recommend this book if you like coming of age memoirs, travel, and history.

    13. Rumer Godden, along with her sister Jon, write a memoir of this life as young children in India. I loved Rumer Godden's children's books when I was little. Very girly. I love her style of writing. I always imagined her like one of the fragile grandmothers from her stories. Here she is, as a young wild child in colonial India, with three sisters and the wide world before them. My only complaint with this book is that I wished it would never end.

    14. This book is an interesting read and a look back to a time just after India's independence, when people of many different religions managed to live together, and people who would have been travelling third class on trains in England could afford several servants while they lived in India. It's no wonder Jon and Rumer missed India so much when they had to go back to Blighty.

    15. A really sweet, sensitive memoir of growing up in India in the early 20th century. Only autobiography I've read written by two people, but it works really well. They described life on the river beautifully and tell fascinating stories of their own lives and those of their neighbours. But under it all is the undercurrent of growing up, of moving from childhood to adolescence.

    16. Charming memoir of two English girls growing up in India during WWI. Definitely days of privilege but an appealing and intimate few of family life with four girls, from the point of view of the two eldest who grow to be professional authors.

    17. "In November 1914 two small sisters, Jon and Rumer Godden, returned to India. They had spent a year in London being 'brought up' by austere aunts, but now the zeppelins were expected, and so they were summoned back to their home in East Bengal. Jon was only seven and a half and Rumer was six."

    18. This is a true story of two young sisters living in British India with their parents. It gives a wonderful description of daily life in the years around the first world war, seen through children's eyes. It is a wandering though memory by the authors. Charming read.

    19. I'm re-reading this interesting book about two young girls who lived parts of their childhood in India. I can really identify with them as I lived parts of my childhood in Okinawa and Japan.

    20. Re-read this recently, an interesting glimpse into an Indian sojourn of two little English girls. Read Rumer Godden's books when I was young.

    21. Famous children's author Godden and her sister, Jon reminisce about their India Colony upbringing. A fascinating read about early 20th century India.

    22. I love Rumer and Jon Godden. Not sure how much appeal this little book would have to a reader unfamiliar with the Godden's life & work.

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