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Hindus and Moslems, Brahmins and Untouchables, western missionaries and British colonial bureaucrats, the famous novelist brings to life the social conditions of the last decade of the British Raj. Basis of a 1939 movie featuring Myrna Loy and Tyrone Power.
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More About Louis Bromfield
Louis Bromfield was born in 1896 and died in 1956.
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Great Book Lousy Cover. May 23, 2007
First of all the book by Bromfield is much better than I thought it would be. I am currently reading "books I never read." Since I had seen both versions of the movie and had heard some things about Bromfield I thought I would give it a try. Unfortunately I couldn't find the book until I found it on this site. It was pricey: $35.00 but since I was committed to reading the book I ordered it. I was shocked at the inferior quality of the cover. The cover has a fuzzy picture from the movie and nothing else. The back of the book has nothing on it. This is some kind of "print as you go edition." Inside the type is uneven and from time to time letters are missing. I don't know how this book is being produced, but it is pathetic - particularly for $35.00. The story is highly intelligent and very well written. I thought it would be some melodramatic overblown story but it is not. I think the book deserves a better fate. It is easily the equal of the Hemingway books like; "To Have and Have Not," and is just a cut under "The Sun Also Rises." So Great Book - Lousy Cover. I suggest you hunt it down on the used book market.
Rich and exotic, a favorite! Jan 20, 2003
I have loved this book for 20 years. It makes you dream of India as a British colony. Each character is complete, fascinating and endearing. It reminds us of old concepts, like adventure, bravery, love and romance. All written in an exquisite style. I hungrily read more of Bromfield's work after that, but I never found another book that could even come close to the magic of The rain cames. To me, it's by far his masterpiece.
Neglected Masterpiece Jun 11, 2002
Although he published a score of acclaimed bestsellers and won the 1927 Pulitzer Prize, (as well as the 1929 O. Henry Award for Best American Short Story), Louis Bromfield remains an undeservedly obscure novelist. Works like The Rains Came exhibit his typical brilliance and bravado, while also offering a profound moral and philosophical engagement. Unlike many "classic" texts, The Rains Came is an exhilirating, entertaining, and ambitious read -- Bromfield was a master storyteller who valued, above all else, the richness and vibrancy of realistic fiction. Drama, suspense, action, romance, intrigue, and intellectual insight...this novel has it all. The Rains Came is undoubtedly an astonishing performance from an author who will hopefully reclaim his status in the literary canon. Louis Bromfield is one of the most remarkable talents of the twentieth century!
Also recommended: Bromfield's early books, collected under the umbrella title of Escape: The Green Bay Tree, Possession, Early Autumn, A Good Woman; as well as later novels such as The Strange Case Of Miss Annie Spragg, The Farm, Mrs. Parkington, Pleasant Valley, and Mr. Smith.
Engrossing. Nov 12, 2000
I'm a sucker for any books set in colonial India and this one didn't disappoint. I'll admit that it borders on schmaltz a bit, but it also offers rings very true in many spots and is well written. Its host of characters are all very interesting and the plot includes not only several love stories but also some unexpected (to me) adventure and drama. The book also offers some genuine insights into yesterday's India (and a bit of Europe, as well). Thumbs up. There was a movie made of it, too, in the 1930s. I watched it and enjoyed it, but it leaves out much too much.
The Rains Came May 14, 1998
This is a fantastic book about race rela tions in India between the Indians and the British and about a love story set amidst the monsoon season in India.