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The Fishing Fleet

Husband-hunting in the Raj

De Courcy, Anne

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Fishing Fleet
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"The fascinating and entertaining true stories of the young Victorian women on the hunt for husbands among the colonial businessmen and bureaucrats in the Raj"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper,, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780062290076
006229007X
Branch Call Number: 305.4095 D
Characteristics: ix, 335 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Comment by: BCD2013 May 06, 2014

An anecdote-rich account of the Victorian women who traveled nearly 5000 miles to find husbands—namely Englishmen serving as officers in the British Army or in the Indian Civil Service, whose positions and salaries made them prime catches. However, even if the women were successful in securing a ... Read More »


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An anecdote-rich account of the Victorian women who traveled nearly 5000 miles to find husbands—namely Englishmen serving as officers in the British Army or in the Indian Civil Service, whose positions and salaries made them prime catches. However, even if the women were successful in securing a husband (and many weren’t) , the oppressive heat, illness, bouts of loneliness and the constant uprooting of households made their lives not quite the success story they were hoping for.

Mar 21, 2014
  • Diell rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

re: Well researched possibly but she sure left a lot out, and I'm not sure about well written, if so you wouldn't have been so disappointed, I sure was, BBC was so effusive, always. I gave this book a low rating, but it's an interesting place in time, she drove me crazy though, she was all over the place, she'd be writing about someone then switch centuries, then they'd pop up in the book later, in 3 or 4 different chapters Time warp? a tear in the space continuum? just got bits and bites, that's for donuts not books, really annoying. The world of the Fishing Fleet shaped a country(or warped it ) the effects are still being felt, some good stuff here, probably the best thing to do is to keep track of names thru the book and go on a treasure hunt for diaries, probably quite a few, see back of book, she's always good at listing her sources... A good place to find something to read?... ............................................ Dear ser_library & happycanuck If you were interested in this book you might enjoy Bombay Anna, I'd love to tell the very interesting twists in Anna's story but I should leave that for you, such pretty little tidbits to find.

Sep 23, 2013
  • ser_library rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

disappointed that there was no discussion about women in the 18th century... eg Philadelphia Austen who married Saul Hancock and may have had Warren Hastings child.

i read the first few chapters and stopped when the stories seemed repetitious

May 04, 2013
  • happycanuck rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Well researched and written but boring with its endless listings of female after female going to India to find a husband. By its nature, there are no central characters, just a few paragraphs on each person cobbled together from bits of diaries etc.

Dec 16, 2012
  • MsMicawber rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A really entertaining and fascinating book.. It's filled with excerpts from the letters & diaries of Fishing Fleet ladies as well as first-person accounts from those that the De Courcy was able to interview. There's lots of romance, some tragedy, adventure, laughs...and the nitty-gritty details of what it was like to live in pre-industrial India. Great book!

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