Baumgartner's Bombay

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Heinemann, 1988 - Fiction - 229 pages
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User Review  - artikaur - LibraryThing

This book was just "okay." I honestly was expecting a lot more from this book, but the storyline was just so implausible. I mean, first Baumgartner leaves his widowed mother alone in war-torn Germany ... Read full review

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Hugo Baumgartner, a Berlin Jew who came all the way to India to escape the Nazis, has a seedy apartment behind Bombay's Taj Hotel. He lives for his cats, going out each day with a plastic bag to ... Read full review


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About the author (1988)

Anita Desai was born in Mussoorie, India, in 1937 of Indian and German parentage. Her works focus on relationships and family life in India, particularly the problems of women in Indian society. She has written for both adults and children, winning the Winifred Holtby Prize from the Royal Society of Literature for Fire on the Mountain (1977) and the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction for her novel The Village by the Sea (1982). Among her numerous other honors is a Literary Lion Award from the New York Public Library in 1993. Desai came to America in 1987 and has been a professor of English at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley Massachusetts since 1988.

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