At the End of the Century by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala audiobook

At the End of the Century: The Stories of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

By Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Introduction by Anita Desai
Read by various narrators

Blackstone Publishing
15.92 Hours Unabridged
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Multilayered, subtle, insightful short stories from the inimitable Booker Prize–winning author Nobody has written so powerfully of the relationship between and within India and the Western middle classes than Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. In this selection of stories, chosen by her surviving family, her ability to tenderly and humorously view the situations faced by three (sometimes interacting) cultures―European, post-Independence Indian, and American―is never more acute. In “A Course of English Studies,” a young woman arrives at Oxford from India and struggles to adapt, not only to the sad, stoic object of her infatuation but also to a country that seems so resistant to passion and color. In the wrenching “Expiation,” the blind, unconditional love of a cloth-shop owner for his wastrel younger brother exposes the tragic beauty and foolishness of human compassion and faith. The wry and triumphant “Pagans” brings us middle-aged sisters Brigitte and Frankie in Los Angeles, who discover a youthful sexuality in the company of the languid and handsome young Indian, Shoki. This collection also includes Jhabvala’s last story, “The Judge’s Will,” which appeared in the New Yorker in 2013 after her death. The profound inner experience of both men and women is at the center of Jhabvala’s writing: she rivals Jane Austen with her impeccable powers of observation. With an introduction by her friend, the writer Anita Desai, At the End of the Century celebrates a writer’s astonishing lifetime gift for language and leaves us with no doubt of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s unique place in modern literature.

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A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Multilayered, subtle, insightful short stories from the inimitable Booker Prize–winning author

Nobody has written so powerfully of the relationship between and within India and the Western middle classes than Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. In this selection of stories, chosen by her surviving family, her ability to tenderly and humorously view the situations faced by three (sometimes interacting) cultures―European, post-Independence Indian, and American―is never more acute.

In “A Course of English Studies,” a young woman arrives at Oxford from India and struggles to adapt, not only to the sad, stoic object of her infatuation but also to a country that seems so resistant to passion and color. In the wrenching “Expiation,” the blind, unconditional love of a cloth-shop owner for his wastrel younger brother exposes the tragic beauty and foolishness of human compassion and faith. The wry and triumphant “Pagans” brings us middle-aged sisters Brigitte and Frankie in Los Angeles, who discover a youthful sexuality in the company of the languid and handsome young Indian, Shoki. This collection also includes Jhabvala’s last story, “The Judge’s Will,” which appeared in the New Yorker in 2013 after her death.

The profound inner experience of both men and women is at the center of Jhabvala’s writing: she rivals Jane Austen with her impeccable powers of observation. With an introduction by her friend, the writer Anita Desai, At the End of the Century celebrates a writer’s astonishing lifetime gift for language and leaves us with no doubt of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s unique place in modern literature.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“To read Ruth Prawer Jhabvala is to regard the human heart through a magnifying glass.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“What surely gives Jhabvala’s work its rare gleam: the undeceived clarity of the eternal outsider, immersed yet apart.” New York Times Book Review
“Beautifully curated selection of some of her most celebrated writing…[that] feel as contemporary as great literature always does.” Washington Post
“A richly enjoyable reminder of Jhabvala’s keenly observant talent.” Sunday Times (London)
“She distills to their essence broad expanses of geography, personal history, and time.” Seattle Times
“A large cast of talented narrators was well chosen to give voice to this excellent collection of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s subtle and multilayered short stories…The narrators suit the stories they narrate, settling us in place…These tender, fierce, clear-eyed stories…are to be savored. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“A richly captivating, revelatory, and important collection.” Booklist (starred review)
“The Indians portrayed in such stories as ‘Expiation’ and ‘The Widow’ are unforgettable…Essential reading for anyone who enjoys fiction about India, especially when the stories come from the pen of a master.” Library Journal (starred review)

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Author Bio: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Author Bio: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1927–2013), author of several novels and short stories, worked on major motion pictures in collaboration with James Ivory and Ismail Merchant, winning the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Howards End and A Room with a View. She won the Booker Prize in 1975 for Heat and Dust.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 15.92
Audience: Adult
Language: English