This is an engaging, riveting telling of the unique relationship between Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim.
I confess I watched the film prior to reading the book but the book was instrumental in filling in the gaps.
This is, overall, a sad story. After reading it, I was struck at how almost everyone looked bad afterwards: the Queen was truly blinded by adoration and refused to even hear bad things about the Munshi, I felt like the Munshi may have been pushing his luck a bit and being exploitive, the government interference, the household prejudices, the attempt to sabotage the friendship from Indian servants and British servants alike, the spiteful actions of Bertie after the Queen’s and the Munshi’s deaths.
No one comes away looking particularly good at the end of this book.
The author did a wonderful job at telling a detailed and informative story. I was amazed at the detail considering most of the correspondence was destroyed. I learned so much about both India and Queen Victoria through this story!