mobi ☆ doc Goddess of Fire 9780727885500 ´ hannahredhead

doc Goddess of Fire

mobi ☆ doc Goddess of Fire 9780727885500 ´ hannahredhead Ç A remarkable novel of a humble village girl who became one of the most powerful women in IndiaRampore India 1684 About to be burned alive on her late husband’s funeral pyre 17 year old widow Moorti is rescued from a gruesome fate by a passing British Sh East India Company to eventually become founder of the great city then known as Calcutta the first city of the British EmpireA tale of adventure danger hardship and heartbreak excitement and romance this is the enthralling tale of a truly remarkable woman where fiction meets fa Kirchner has the extraordinary gift of making you feel immersed in historic India This is a story of a girl who was born into circumstance and traditions Some beautiful some trapping her As she learns about the world and her own strength she pushes the envelope and becomes a force of nature I loved all the colors textures scents and flavors along the way Fantastic story I can’t wait to read of Kirchner’s books I have three sitting on my nightstand ready to go

Bharti Kirchner ß Goddess of Fire ePub

A remarkable novel of a humble village girl who became one of the most powerful women in IndiaRampore India 1684 About to be burned alive on her late husband’s funeral pyre 17 year old widow Moorti is rescued from a gruesome fate by a passing British merchant Thus begins an extr 35 starsFull ReviewI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my reviewIn 1600s India Moorti has some contentious beliefs starting with how she doesn't think she should be burned on the pyre with her husband Job Charnock an Englishman with the East India Company steps in to rescue her and changes the course of Moorti's life Given a new name Maria she sees it as a rebirth and works to better her life and protect her homeland and people It's a tumultuous time but Maria's inner strength will build bridges create a family and found a city Goddess of Fire is a fictional account of real life characters and events Job Charnock was a real historical figure who worked for the East India Company and is thought to have founded Calcutta now known as Kolkata He was also married to a Hindu widow who he allegedly saved from a funeral pyre and renamed Maria The story's foundation is these truths but changes the known narrative and instead is told from Maria's point of view a view unknown by history The author's artistic license takes the reader on a journey of racism classism redemption and humanity at its best and worst   The day after my husband died my brother in law and his son came to my door They dodged the copper bowl I had thrown at them and dragged me by the wrists to the funeral pyre  We are introduced to our heroine when she is only 17 yrs old; she hasn't left her village and as a conseuence is very naïve about people and the world in general When Job her rescuer renames her Maria it is obvious she has some misgivings about losing her identity especially with Anglicizing her name but goes along with it as she sees it as a chance to better herself; a theme that continues throughout the book There is always a drive and desire in Maria but as she gains age and experience she starts to push and take her feelings about right and wrong seriously It's a humbling look at the innocence and excitement of youth and the greed and cynicism of the real world mashed together The author uses Maria's inexperience to get explanations from secondary characters that really are cleverly described to help the reader but it also clogged the story at times as focusing closer on characters would have been intimate but you do get a broader expansive look at 1600s India  They get so much from here but they treat us like  Job Charnook or as he is referred to mostly in the story Job Shaib is for the most part a non entity until the last 30% in the story Maria's feelings for him are clearly hero worship and they have very few and very far in between interactions their relationship doesn't truly get going until around the 60% mark This story is about Maria growing up navigating the world and trying to create a harmonious relationship between the East India Company and her people Maria forms close relationships with the male kitchen crew she works with and a fellow servant Teema Through these interactions we witness her optimism with working with the English and how the other characters with their life experience try to warn her about how the English really view them Job rescued her and embraces some of her culture but towards the end of the story Maria begins to see that some of her hero worship is misplaced life experience   I wanted to shout out about the injustice but a woman wasn't allowed to express her feelings publicly  The writing is lush with its description of India's landscape people and culture but also slips into unnecessary recitation at times that slowed the pace down Most of the story's pace was moderate as we follow Maria through her everyday struggles but the last 30% of the story moved at an incredibly uick speed skipping months and years; it left the story feeling unbalanced From the title to the cover and the way the reader follows Maria I thought and for the most part this felt and was a capable narrative on a woman's struggle survival and journey to the top It starts with Moorti rejecting the custom of widows burning with their husbands and ends with Maria becoming second in command for the East India Company in Calcutta However when Maria goes back to her village to visit her family she finds her mother and father dead and her brothers kidnapped and sold into virtual slavery we later learn their horrific fate due to reasons associated with her rejecting the pyre All of her family's misfortune seems to be linked to her rejecting the natural order of things and sends a very mixed message whether this was intended or not and one I wasn't comfortable with  Overall this story definitely had its compelling moments and even though there is only a sprinkling of true historical accounts throughout stories from women's point of views and cultures outside of western need to be told often Seeing the first spark of Maria's inner fire and watching her finally be able to set it ablaze was an engaging journey

kindle ✓ Goddess of Fire ß Bharti Kirchner

Goddess of FireAordinary love story and incredible journey as the humble village girl Moorti transforms herself into Maria becoming one of the most powerful women in IndiaStarting a new life as a lowly kitchen maid she relies on her wits and resourcefulness to rise through the ranks of the Briti The stakes and the story are fascinating the rise of a young woman saved from a religiously decreed death to a powerful woman in India on the edge of colonialism Unfortunately the writing is dispassionate and clunky which makes the story slow going I'd be willing to give this author another shot with one of her future novels Her ability to build a story and weave plot is phenomenal