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Victoria & Abdul (Movie Tie-in): The True…
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Victoria & Abdul (Movie Tie-in): The True Story of the Queen's Closest… (udgave 2017)

af Shrabani Basu (Forfatter)

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"In the twilight years of her reign, after the devastating deaths of her two great loves--Prince Albert and John Brown--Queen Victoria meets tall and handsome Abdul Karim, a humble servant from Agra waiting tables at her Golden Jubilee. The two form an unlikely bond and within a year Abdul becomes a powerful figure at court, the Queen's teacher, her counsel on Urdu and Indian affairs, and a friend close to her heart. This marked the beginning of the most scandalous decade in Queen Victoria's long reign. As the royal household roiled with resentment, Victoria and Abdul's devotion grew in defiance. Drawn from secrets closely guarded for more than a century, Victoria & Abdul is an extraordinary and intimate history of the last years of the nineteenth-century English court and an unforgettable view onto the passions of an aging Queen"--Amazon.com.… (mere)
Medlem:acargile
Titel:Victoria & Abdul (Movie Tie-in): The True Story of the Queen's Closest Confidant
Forfattere:Shrabani Basu (Forfatter)
Info:Vintage (2017), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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This novel drove me crazy. At first, it was very dry and factual, which was fine with me after two rather stressful horror novels. I was using this novel as a palate cleanser, of sorts.
But the petty jealousies, racism, classism, and bullshit that the *entire* household staff (support and care system) that took care of Queen Victoria drove me absolutely batty. It disgusted me so badly, I couldn’t enjoy the novel at all. I can understand completely why at one point why the Queen got so pissed off, she swiped everything on her desk off it, in one sweeping motion. I’d have started throwing shit at people, no joke. And the fired them. But then again, I wouldn’t have apologized for my being angry like Queen Victoria did almost every time these spouts happened, and I don’t put up with that shit. AT ALL.
So while others are going on about the writing style of the author, the storyline, and the characters, I can only say that this novel was incredibly difficult to make it through to the ending. Even with the great narration abilities of Elizabeth Jasiki, who took on every single Indian name, word, or city with no problems whatsoever.
The entire novel was like this: Munshi Abdul Karim was invited somewhere, or got some kind of recognition; then the whole household got jealous and pissy, then someone went and told the Queen that they all hated her Munshi was invited/honored, then the Queen got mad, and then either wrote letters to the entire staff trying to correct them of their failings or one specific person, and then the Queen would later apologize for her words in another letter. Every. Single. Time. ARRRRGH....!

3 stars, and not really recommended, unless you can look past these awful people and their massive failings. ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
Victoria & Abdul (Movie Tie-In): The True Story of the Queen's Closest Confidant by [Basu, Shrabani]This is an interesting book. After Prince Albert died, the queen sought friendship in unconventional places. First their was her gilly at Balmoral. Then there was Abdul Karim, a young Indian Munshi. He arrived expecting to spend the year of her Jubilee but then the Queen felt that she could not do without him at her side. He became her teacher, her counsel on Urdu and Indian affairs and a dear friend. The decade they were together was scandalous and her household did not like him or this closeness.

This book was written from letters and journals about this time. It left me at times puzzles and in awe of the lives of the people of that time. I felt the closeness and could understand it but I also felt the puzzlement felt by Queen Victoria's household.

This book was so well-written and filled with information. I highly recommend it. ( )
  ksnapier | Jul 30, 2018 |
The story of the relationship between the ageing Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim, an Indian Muslim sent to England for the Queen's Golden Jubilee, who ended up staying in England until the Queen's death in 1901, becoming her confidant and friend. Fairly straightforward biographical presentation (that might have benefited from some tighter editing). -- Might have liked this book better had I read it -before- seeing the movie based upon it (the film is more fictionalized). -- It is sad to see the racism that pervaded the Royal Family and Household and the hatred unleashed against Karim once the Queen was no longer available to protect (or promote) him. ( )
  David_of_PA | Jul 14, 2018 |
Non so neanche da dove cominciare per parlare di tutto quello che non va in questo libro, penso che "inutile" sia la definizione più efficace però.
Innanzitutto è una vicenda piuttosto insulsa: un giovane indiano arriva a Londra come servitore della regina Vittoria e lei lo prende a benvolere, tanto da renderlo il membro più importante del suo entourage, scatenando molti malumori. Le cinque pagine di introduzione bastano a darci un'idea chiara della storia, le 300 pagine seguenti sono semplicemente ripetizioni e lungaggini. Qualunque avvenimento, anche il più insignificante (sono tutti insignificanti in realtà), ci viene descritto almeno tre volte, con tanto di estratti di lettere e brani di diari: insomma tanto rumore per nulla.
Lo stile poi è piatto e spesso retorico; se ci aggiungiamo la mancanza di obiettività dell'autrice (palesemente sempre a favore del conterraneo Abdul Karim), si capirà come questo sia un libro che non consiglierei a nessuno, nemmeno agli amanti della Regina Vittoria e delle biografie, dato che io rientro in entrambe le categorie e l'ho apprezzato così poco. ( )
  Lilirose_ | Apr 10, 2018 |
Will still see the movie. After seeing the rather cringey movie previews I couldn't help but be intrigued by seeing Judi Dench return as Queen Victoria. Was this a redo of her 'Mrs. Brown' or something?
 
Nope. Turns out this is the story of a young man named Abdul Karim who went on to rise in Queen Victoria's court to become a favorite, to teach her Urdu and become The Mushni. Turns out after the death of her husband and John Brown the elderly queen turned to another young man to become her confidante and perhaps to find a way to rebel against the life she had been born into. And of course, the people who surround her in this life all hate Karim. They don't understand what drew the Queen to him and are suspicious of him and his motives.
 
And maybe for good reason? Because so much correspondence between Victoria and Karim were destroyed after her death it felt like some of the negative reviews were correct: Basu might be stretching a bit. Was Queen Victoria just rebelling in her own way? Did she just want a confidante that she had lost in her husband and perhaps John Brown? Did Karim use his status and his position in the hopes he could leverage it into something more? Was the Royal Household right about him and to destroy the letters, pictures, etc. in order to erase his existence? Is there truth to any of these questions?
 
It's hard to say. Basu can't answer this question and unfortunately sometimes it made the book uninteresting. However it *was* fascinating to learn about the presence of Indians in Queen Victoria's court and makes me wonder how history could have been a little different if perhaps they had taken Karim more seriously and/or they had not dismissed all the Indians at court after the death of Queen Victoria. 
 
I'll probably still see the movie but I wish there was more about Karim and would like to read more about the relationship similarities (if there were any) the Queen had with him and John Brown. Would recommend borrowing the book from the library instead. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
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"In the twilight years of her reign, after the devastating deaths of her two great loves--Prince Albert and John Brown--Queen Victoria meets tall and handsome Abdul Karim, a humble servant from Agra waiting tables at her Golden Jubilee. The two form an unlikely bond and within a year Abdul becomes a powerful figure at court, the Queen's teacher, her counsel on Urdu and Indian affairs, and a friend close to her heart. This marked the beginning of the most scandalous decade in Queen Victoria's long reign. As the royal household roiled with resentment, Victoria and Abdul's devotion grew in defiance. Drawn from secrets closely guarded for more than a century, Victoria & Abdul is an extraordinary and intimate history of the last years of the nineteenth-century English court and an unforgettable view onto the passions of an aging Queen"--Amazon.com.

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