Saturday, November 21, 2015

Book Review: Sophia-Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary

TITLE: Sophia-Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary
AUTHOR: Anita Anand
PUBLISHED: January 2015
CATEGORY: Non-Fiction
GENRE: Biography
PREMISE: Biography about Sophia Duleep Singh, an Indian royal born in 1876 who became a suffragette and a revolutionary in favor of Indian Independance.
MY REVIEW: I picked this one up on a whim. It was floating around on a few lists when the disappointing Suffragette movie came out and I figured why not. You are forgiven if you've never heard of this woman. She's one of the many unsung suffragettes out there. She's also mostly involved in UK history and considering our US history centric school system, I'm not surprised I've never heard of her either. Why you've probably never heard of her is actually gone into at the end of the book. It's interesting and kind of sad.
As a biography, this is a pretty good one. It paints a clear picture of who this woman is. It goes into background information to explain her circumstances which means a crash course on the history of India and British colonization. It's interesting stuff.
If you are interested in Indian history and are curious about suffragettes beyond the main ones that people always talk about, this is definitely a good biography to pick up.
WHO SHOULD READ: biography fans, history fans, those interested in India/British Colonization history
MY RATING: Four out of Five badass suffragettes

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