Cromartie V. the God Shiva by Rumer Godden
Acting Through the Government of India

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Veteran British novelist Rumer Godden returns to India, the country that has inspired many of her greatest works, in a magical, moving story about art, religion, love, class, race, and greed. The story is based on a real case ten years ago, when issue over the ownership of a priceless statue resulted in the God Shiva actually being the plaintiff in a lawsuit. Major review coverage.

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Margaret Rumer Godden was born Dec. 10, 1907, in Sussex, England. She was nine months old when her family moved to India, where her father ran a shipping line. She returned to London at age 20 to learn how to teach dance to children, and opened a school back in India. Returning to England while she was pregnant, she wrote her first book, "Chinese Puzzle," published in 1936. Her marriage to a stockbroker, Laurence Sinclair Foster, ended in 1941, leaving her penniless. In an effort to pay off her former husband's debts, Godden moved her family into a mountain cottage where she ran a school, made herbal teas for sale, and wrote books. Another novel of India, "The River," published in 1949, was one of her most acclaimed books and was made into a film by Jean Renoir in 1951. She returned to England to stay in 1945. Rumer Godden was the author of more than 60 books, including novels, short story collections, poetry, plays and non-fiction. She published her 21st novel, "Cromartie vs. the God Shiva," in 1997. Rumer Godden died a year later on November 8, 1998, in Thornhill, Scotland, at the age of 90.
Published November 1, 1997 by William Morrow & Co. 170 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Based on an actual case involving the theft of a statue of the god Shiva (in which the god, Acting Through the Government of India, became the plaintiff), this is a tale of quiet sleuthing, romance, and grand tragedy, set in a present-day Indian coastal hotel of minimal comforts but top-notch cui...

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Based on a real incident that occurred a decade ago, this assured novel by 89-year-old Godden (Black Narcissus, etc.) concerns a sensational case brought by the Hindu god Shiva, ""acting through the government of India,"" against a wealthy Canadian, Sydney Carstairs Cromartie, who buys a small, 1...

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