Amit Chaudhuri, 15 September 1988
Show More Tigers, Durbars and Kings: Fanny Eden’s Indian Journals 1837-1838 edited by Janet Dunbar.
Murray, 202 pp., £13.95, April 1988, 0 7195 4440 8Show More
“... There is something mildly disturbing about the way writers generalise about India. How do they do it, with a country so confusingly diverse in detail? Even the titles of some books – Heat and Dust, for instance – are generalisations. This book, Fanny Eden’s travel journals, wears its title like an uneasy crown: Tigers, Durbars and Kings suggests lazy stereotypes rather than particulars observed by someone alive to their surroundings ...”