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Book Title: Night in Bombay|
The author of the book: Louis Bromfield
Edition: Grosset & Dunlap
Date of issue: 1940
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Reader ratings: 4.7
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 553 KB
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I wouldn't know about Louis Bromfield if he hadn't won a Pulitzer Prize for Early Autumn. I'm glad I've discovered him. A great writer, it's a mystery why he's not better known.
A different feel than Early Autumn, we have Carol who travels to Bombay and finds herself heedlessly falling in with some shady characters who are staying in the same hotel and who are attracted by her beauty like some nasty insects attracted to a light. She finds herself bored and living a meaningless life which has sort of reached a dead end and which she doesn't fully realize until she has something of a spiritual awakening when she meets Buck, a good man who is in India to help the poor. However Buck suffers from attacks, partly from a physical cause but mostly from a mental/emotional cause and which prevent him from doing his humanitarian work. Buck is in need of a healing of his spirit after having lived with a cruel life-killing wife who has recently died and also as a result of a strict joyless childhood. Carol had a good down-to-earth childhood on a farm which, along with her natural kindness, are at her core and just need someone to bring to the surface.
A good match, they are both a healing force for each other and each finds happiness they've never known, but they are in two different worlds. Can Carol who is used to the good life give it up to live in poverty and disease with Buck who is absolutely needed in India and can't leave? And to complicate the issue she is told she is no good for him and she has earned something of a reputation from her association with the shady characters.
Compelling beautiful story of the spiritual healing of love and goodness.
I was on pins and needles to see how the story would end and really hoping for a happy ending. Bromfield makes a perfect balance between the possibility of a tragic or a happy ending.
An interesting well--written story with great characterization. You have the good, the bad and then the in-the-middle as with Carol and also Bill, Carol's former husband who has good in him which you hope will win out. It reminds me of the great Iris Murdoch where the bad characters are sordid and ugly and some are so bad as to give you a chill, the weak ones irritate you and get in the way, and the good ones are bound up in complications they are trying to escape, and there's a question of spirituality vs. man-made religion. (You don't have to agree with the whole philosophy as with Ayn Rand, but you can appreciate the questions, the convictions and the humanity.) Bromfield came first, hmm.
But if you don't want to worry about the meaning underneath the story you can just enjoy the story. It just flowed, especially toward the end and I couldn't put it down.
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Read information about the authorLouis Bromfield was an American author and conservationist who gained international recognition winning the Pulitzer Prize and pioneering innovative scientific farming concepts.
Bromfield studied agriculture at Cornell University from 1914 to 1916, but transferred to Columbia University to study journalism. While at Columbia University, Louis Bromfield was initiated into the fraternal organization Phi Delta Theta. His time at Columbia would be short lived and he left after less than a year to go to war. After serving with the American Field Service in World War I and being awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honor, he returned to New York City and found work as a reporter. In 1924, his first novel, The Green Bay Tree, won instant acclaim. He won the 1927 Pulitzer Prize for best novel for Early Autumn. All of his 30 books were best-sellers, and many, such as The Rains Came and Mrs. Parkington, were made into successful motion pictures.
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