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10 thoughts on “Original Letters from India, 1779-1815

  1. says:

    355 Her floods of tears and fainting fits are always postponed until a convenient moment they never intrude while she is looking after her luggage or outwitting her foes EM Forster This is a peculiarly literary work in ways that contributed partway to my rather utilitarian reading reasons but also in ways I didn't uite register until after my reading For one this edition is the one with EM Forster's preface footnotes and general literary characterization while Hogarth Press is the one founded by Virginia and Leonard all those years ago I'll be honest and say that the text doesn't uite measure up literary wise to those esteemed names although Eliza was probably simply honest about her early 19th century bigotries than those 20th century giants were What value I got lay in how readable this work was much an Austen than an Edgeworth which was especially reassuring considering how much doubt the latter cast on my ability to read English from Ye Olden Post Shakespearean times I also appreciated how unorthodox a life Fay led in general she would have been a strong figure in feminist politics if life had led her in that direction although I don't see her rising above her time except perhaps in the realm of Jewish people in order to combat xenophobia and racism and the like All in all this is a very interesting view of history that counterbalances some of the big striding man voices obsessed with the French Revolution the Battle of Waterloo and the customary much else where women rarely figure with the added bonus of traversing through lands not commonly touched upon in early Anglo lit through lenses that however biased bring something new to the conventional narrative that is deemed need to know in both history and Anglo writing Oh my dear sister how can I in the overflowing of a grateful heart do otherwise than lament that the name of this once distinguished people should have become a term of reproach Exiled from the land promised to the seed of Abraham; scattered over the face of the earth yet adhering with firmness to the religion of their fathers this race once the boasted favourites of Heaven are despised and rejected by every nation in the world The land that affords shelter denies them a participation in the rights of citizenship Under such circumstances of mortifying contempt and invidious segregation it is no wonder that many of the children of Israel in the present day evince acuteness than delicacy in their transactions and are too well disposed to take advantage of those from whom they have endured so much scorn and persecution Forster was correct in characterizing Fay's first trip as her best and the incarceration she suffered upon reaching what she thought to be her final destination After that initial extraordinary plunge where Ms Fay proves a far worthier human being than her tinder box of a passive husband the narrative rather devolves into an ever changing litany of names and courtesies and charming vistas filled with white settler states although the odd mention of a former slave the ugliest mark on Fay's record by far and a black preacher go some way in accurately portraying the landscape Fay is largely in her element when traversing on land as I am one who has never been to many of these countries or seen any of the sights of mountains and royal palaces she mentions witnessing Marie Antoinette in the flesh before that figure's final downfall which was one of the revelatory scenes where one is forcibly reminded that yes Fay did exist way back when and she was writing to boot I was invested enough to wish for a map of her journey at times which I hope contemporary editions have thought to include Fay does have her dull andor ugly moments as discussed previously but her remarks on Indian women Jewish people and women in general are surprisingly forward thinking at times and she sometimes serves as a true example of a small someone going against the grain of hatred I doubt her being consistent about her sticking up for the little ones would've brought any of the fortune she sorely needed her way but at least we have her writing today to give us a picture of a world that had its moments of true compassion amidst some particularly odious social systems I cannot avoid smiling when I hear gentlemen bring forward the conduct of the Hindoo women as a test of superior character since I am well aware that so much are we the slaves of habit every where that were it necessary for a woman's reputation to burn herself in England many a one who has accepted a husband merely for the sake of an establishment who has lived with him without affection; perhaps thwarted his views dissipated his fortune and rendered his life uncomfortable to its close would yet mount the funeral pile with all imaginable decency and die with heroic fortitude A bit of a random bag with this one but I'm glad that my 2019 uest for Women led me in this direction one that ideally the shiny newish NYRB Classics edition will lead other prospective readers If all of the NYRB Classics published were works such as this or An African in Greenland or The Bridge of Beyond I'd be much happier with it as an imprint and I would likely be pursuing it with the same fervor I once did all those years ago It is destabilization of the canon that I'm interested in and anything old and out of the way is fair game I certainly haven't liked everything I've come across and Fay rides a very fine line between entertaining and obtuse but Forster did pick up on some of her positive ualities and as he's one of the few white boys I'm seriously considering readingrereading in the future I have to give him some credit All in all if you're looking for something old sightseeing unusual and surprisingly readable Eliza Fay is your travelogue Mrs Fay cares nothing for her beloved country as long as she can get her letters delivered safely EM Forster


  2. says:

    I came across this while looking for texts about the everyday experience of living in India in the early 1800s There are not a lot of these Eliza Fay set off from England relatively newly married and crossed Europe and the Middle East before taking ship for Calcutta She experienced adventures like crossing the desert and being captured by the notorious Hyder Ali and held prisoner for several months not to mention being played false by her husband and eventually having to arrange for the care of his half caste illegitimate child Her letters home which is what this book comprises contain details that bring her adventures to life Fay has a lively voice and I was thoroughly entertainedHowever I had the feeling that Eliza Fay was the sort of managing woman nobody really wants to hang around with She mentions being taken up by a number of high ranking women in Calcutta society but after a few letters their attention drops away She was clever but not clever enough to keep herself out of penury and while maybe it's unfair to criticize her for that there are hints in her letters that some of her situation was because she wasn't a very nice person However as I said I was entertained and learned enough of Calcutta society that the book was worth reading


  3. says:

    This collection of letters dates from the late 1700s and describes two visits to India by Eliza Fay her return to England from the first visit and her trip to America from the second visit She later returned to India and died there in 1816The first voyage took than a year and involved many trials Her husband a Barrister was going out to India to practice and she accompanied him They left England in the spring of 1779 and went over to France by ship and overland across France to Italy This despite the fact that England and France were at war at the time From Italy they travelled by ship to Alexandria and then on to Cairo The situation in Egypt was not a good one and they lost some of their belongings due to the unrestFrom here they sailed to Calicut where the local Governor Hyder Ali took them and other Europeans prisoner They were imprisoned there for three months and with assistance from others managed to get off to Cochin but had lost all their belongings save those they had concealed on their persons From there they went first to Madras and then on to CalcuttaIn Calcutta Mr Fay was admitted to the Bar and began to do business with the courts while Eliza made friends in society Mr Fay however proved a bad judge of things and made some bad choices professionally and personally and by 1782 the couple formally separated Eliza stayed with a friend until she made her way back to England later that yearShe returned to India in 1794 and set up a millinery business but had setbacks and ended up leaving again by 1795 The book ends with her arrival in New York City with no record of her subseuent experiences there her trip back to England or her final return to CalcuttaAs a record of the times it is very interesting to see the dangers of travel the interactions of society and the politics of the times Included in this edition is the original preface from 1817 the introductory notes from the 1925 edition by EM Forster which give historical context and commentary and the new introduction by Simon Winchester which added positively to the reading experience


  4. says:

    The letters don't give a full picture of what it might be like to live in India although she does some vivid descriptions of scenery and some sharp observations on the practice of sutteeThe letters do provide an interesting picture of what it was like to travel by ship mule and carriage One of the most descriptive and humorous letters describes the journey over the Alps She has been instructed not to touch the reins of her mule and as she reaches a particularly vertiginous spot it thought proper to uit the pathway and with great sang froid stalk out upon one of those precipitous projections where only the foot of a wild goat of Chamois ought to tread The guides gave me great praise for my self command; a praise I never desire to purchase again by similar trial Throughout the letters she comes across as reasonably sensitive to trial and discomfort but also inspiring in how resourceful she is about facing itThe introduction and footnotes by Forster are unguarded than his novels in both interesting and dismaying ways He cites a sadly stereotyping uote from her letters as showing exemplary open mindedness for instance The introduction is sympathetic but the footnotes get downright catty as if Foster had been traveling with Fay a little too long


  5. says:

    I hate when life interferes with my reading and interfering is what it did of lately Eliza Fay deserved better of me than putting this book down for days at time just to return to it without great emotional commitment So be aware that my impression of this collection of letters was maybe impaired by my own lack of time to devout to it But as much as I was impressed by Mrs Fay strength of character and the challenges that she faced to reach India I wanted of her person in it I too have wrote letters that I knew were going to be read by many in my family and I recognize the “holding back” that it reuires as compared to a letter written to a close friend that we are certain will not share our deep feelings with others Anyway I am still glad I read it and I would still recommend it to anyone curious of the time period Just keep in mind that Eliza Fay describes of the scenery than of her heart


  6. says:

    Really entertaining if you're a huge travel lit nerd Like me


  7. says:

    Very strange to read these real letters written by a woman in 1779 as she travels around the world in order to start a business with her husband To think she was writing her letters home at the same time Jane Austen was writing about Darcy A slight difference in tone though as Fry seems to be horrendously unlucky facing war territorial disputes brigands who relieved her of all her belongings and imprisonment Then she got to India and her fella ran off with another woman She never seems to get too upset though Note of caution her writing style can be impenetrably archaic at points but interesting nonetheless


  8. says:

    Eliza Fay is uite a lady determined practical and interesting I enjoyed her adventures immensely