Goddess of Fire

Goddess of Fire

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Moorti--widowed at just 17 and about to be burned on her husband's funeral pyre--is saved from the fire by a mysterious Englishman. Taken to safety and given employment by her saviour Job Charnock, Moorti, renamed Maria, must embrace her new life amongst the English traders. But the intelligent and talented Maria is not content to be a servant for the rest of her life, and seizes the opportunity to learn English. This, she hopes, will bring her closer to the kind and gentle Job.
Publisher: Sutton, England :, Severn House,, 2015
ISBN: 9780727885500
0727885502
Branch Call Number: FICTION Kirchner 2015
Characteristics: 240 pages ; 23 cm

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brangwinn
Oct 24, 2017

I had trouble connecting with the story line of this story. It just seemed so implausible that a poor widow could become so important to a British leader of the British East India company. But if you aren’t familiar with the Indian custom of sati, the widow being burned along with her dead husband, you’ll have your eyes opened in this book. While the story seems contrived, Kirchner has used the story line to highlight the challenges faced by Indian employees in the 1700’s when Britain took control of India.

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