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This was a fascinating story about an Indian Princess who was also a Suffraget. However I did find the story slow until it reached the section about her political activism - about half way through. The story felt rather pedantic and I would have preferred a more generous interpretation of the historical facts. However, worth reading and a good book to return to as I believe that knowing more about this woman would have made me more attentive to details of her earlier life .
After a visit to India last year I've been reading about people, cultures. This book provides a fascinating look at just one woman, her family, her culture and her fascinating connection to British aristocracy. Especially interested in both the history of her father's 'abdication' and its aftermath as well as such figures as Annie Besant, who established a Theosophical Society community in Ojai, California, which exists today on Krotona Hill associated with Krishnamurti Fndn. Alan Hooker of Ranch House Restaurant fame was an early disciple.
Would you listen to Sophia again? Why?
This is a fascinating book, filled with historical detail and yet not dull.
What did you like best about this story?
The history of India, and the story of this little known woman who lived such an interesting life.
Have you listened to any of Tania Rodrigues’s other performances? How does this one compare?
No but I would like to...
Any additional comments?
A wonderful book, beautifully read, so interesting and informative! Thank you!
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Well-researched and personal. Provides an affectionate insight into a fascinating family without putting them on a pedestal. They are shown, warts and all, against the backdrop of destructive British colonialism and caught in a web of painful politics and injustice. It is impossible not to be angered by this history and while neither Sophia nor her siblings are perfect, they are incredibly inspiring, without being cliché.
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