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by Rebecca Ryman

  • ISBN: 0749306718
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Rebecca Ryman
  • Subcategory: British & Irish
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Mandarin (April 29, 1993)
  • Pages: 656 pages
  • FB2 size: 1194 kb
  • EPUB size: 1195 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 284
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Olivia and Jai by Rebecca Ryman. Only the deepest desire could bring them together.

Olivia and Jai by Rebecca Ryman. Only the darkest betrayal could tear them apart. and, together they defy every convention of a time and place, swept up in a powerful blend of passion and frustration that transforms them from devoted lovers to fierce enemies.

Rebecca Ryman is the pen name of an Indian writer, Asha Bhanjdeo, who only wrote three books under this name: Olivia & Jai, The Veil of Illusions (the sequel of Olivia & Jai) and Shalimar. She died in Calcutta in 2003. Rebecca Ryman’s books.

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3 people like this topic. Unfortunately, she died in 2003.

But don't despair, the book does end on a relatively happy note (and in fact Rebecca Ryman has written a sequel, The Vale Of Illusion, which picks up this story many years on). This isn't a light book to read, as mentioned above.

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Rebecca Ryman (Author). Book 1 of 2 in the Olivia and Jai Series. Only Jai has a plan for his life and Olivia can't be included in that. There is a huge event in the family's life which causes a colossal upheaval and could be the ruin of all of them. Within that event Olivia starts to see the world from an entirely different perspective and her love of Jai changes to something much more spiteful. This is the Greek Tragedy aspect of the book where pretty much every character finds their life blasted.

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A first novel set in mid-19th-century colonial Calcutta, by an author who was born and lives in India. It tells of a tormented romance between a spirited young Englishwoman and a mysterious, ruthless half-caste, the bastard son of an unknown Englishman and an Indian girl from the hills.
Reviews about Olivia and Jai (7):
Qiahmagha
After reading M.M Kaye's The Far Pavillions, and the Shadow of the Moon, I was not only in love with historical India, I was in love with M.M Kaye! You would be hard pressed to find a better historical fiction or romance novel better than the above 2 mentioned novels by M.M Kaye. Being an avid reader of historical fiction, (Those that also include a love story are my true favorite!) I was very disappointed when I found out that those were the only 2 books of that genre that she had written. I quickly began to search for other novels set in British controlled India (Preferably 19th century). Sadly, there aren't a whole lot. Olivia And ai was one of the few that I could find. It's epic, it's got history, it has a romance to die for, the story is very well written, and the romance is not the only thing going on in the book. What else needs to be said? If you liked M.M. Kaye, then you would also like this book!
saafari
This book will stay with you for years! An absolute (long) read with non of the fluff and unnecessary sex.
Aver
It was the best book I ever read.
Worla
Yes
Mave
What a beautiful and poignant, bittersweet romance.

I fell in love with Olivia and Jai. The history, description and writing drew me right into the author's world.
Foxanayn
My favorite book!! I get lost in it everytime I read it.
Mr_TrOlOlO
What a weird, twisted book. Wow, I can't believe how much I hate this! And yet I still read 300 pages in hopes that I was mistaken, in hopes that Jai wasn't a psychopath and Olivia really did have a brain in her head ...nope

OK, I read my share of misunderstood heroes. But this nut case really takes the cake! Jai is constantly berating, criticizing, scorning and snubbing Olivia and the more abusive he is, the more she swoons over him.

Example:(slight spoiler*)

"What I will not accept, Jai, is the devaluation, the denial, of your feelings for me. You lie to hide your own delusions..You fabricate a hate that does not exist. You do love me, jai..."

"Get out!" His voice was tight in his throat.

"I will! But not before you admit you have lied!"

The final thread of his control snapped. With a snarl he sprang at her and two enormous, powerful hands circled her neck. Distorted into a mask of virulence, his features turned maniacal, barely human. Thumbs pressed against her windpipe, he shook her with the fury of a mastiff...

Basically, he strangles her until she passes out.

"Don't love me, Olivia...I could have killed you. What further proof can you want of my worthlessness?"

"It is also proof of what you deny..."

Oh.My.Goodness. So really, the more he hurts you the more he loves you! My husband has never strangled me or screamed at me, I guess he doesn't love me afterall. Wow. Ive been disillusioned for 21 years...

So many people loved this book. And I really wanted to. Oh well.

Bottom line: too much melodrama, not enough story. Yes yes yes, I know there's more story to come after page 300, 300 pages in fact! but I. am. so. DONE.

By the way, I guessed the "great whoopsie". *book crashes into wall*

The gavel has fallen. verdict: Hero is a jerk. Heroine is TSTL. They deserve eachother. I award them a life of misery together.
Those who enjoyed The Far Pavilions by M M Kaye or Zemindar by Valerie Fitzgerald will love this book - if you've read Shalimar by Ryman you will have an idea of her writing style, although this book has far less politics and much more character interaction than that book.

Set in India during British rule it is a story of two people - Olivia and Jai - who meet and whose lives affect each other deeply. In some ways it is a harrowing read as these two people almost destroy each other but it also has moments of real beauty in the descriptions of India, the people with all their faults and the insight into the lives of Indians and British people at that time.

Olivia starts the novel as a brash young American woman who goes to stay with her Aunt, Uncle and Cousin in Calcutta for a year. She finds herself in the middle of British society in India with all its self-importance and insularity. Olivia is popular with the men and has suitors who like her direct and forthright nature.

And then she bumps into Jai Raventhorne, the half-caste man who has built up a shipping business from a position of poverty as a dish washer. She soon discovers that mention of his name in her Uncle's household causes almost complete apoplexy but no-one will tell her why. Jai Raventhorne intrigues her and she manages to meet him and spend time with him, eventually falling head over heels in love. Of course he doesn't love her, he's a hard man who is emotionless, and yet she is sure she can fix him.

Only Jai has a plan for his life and Olivia can't be included in that. There is a huge event in the family's life which causes a colossal upheaval and could be the ruin of all of them. Within that event Olivia starts to see the world from an entirely different perspective and her love of Jai changes to something much more spiteful. This is the Greek Tragedy aspect of the book where pretty much every character finds their life blasted. It's sad and depressing and has profound effects on all the characters - this much devastation probably does happen in real life but is rarely written about. The consequences of Olivia's actions are immense and she finds herself pitted against Jai in a challenge to break him down - love has turned to hate and destruction. But don't despair, the book does end on a relatively happy note (and in fact Rebecca Ryman has written a sequel, The Vale Of Illusion, which picks up this story many years on).

This isn't a light book to read, as mentioned above. It's hard reading of all the troubles that these families go through as layers of Jai's past are unveiled. Yet unlike a true Greek Tragedy this one ends on a note of hope - that love can survive, that people can lay down things that they have held on to their entire lives when something better comes along. The setting in India with all the inequities that the British rulers commanded is excellently written and the characters are all complex and believable. I recommend this book to those who love reading books about India or books about deep and complex characters.

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