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She was born in India to the lowest caste, a group with few rights and even fewer prospects. Enduring cruel poverty, Phoolan Devi survived the humiliation of an abusive marriage, the savage killing of her bandit-lover, and horrifying gang rape to claim retribution for herself and all low-caste women of the Indian plains. In a three-year campaign that rocked the government,She was born in India to the lowest caste, a group with few rights and even fewer prospects. Enduring cruel poverty, Phoolan Devi survived the humiliation of an abusive marriage, the savage killing of her bandit-lover, and horrifying gang rape to claim retribution for herself and all low-caste women of the Indian plains. In a three-year campaign that rocked the government, she delivered justice to rape victims and stole from the rich to give to the poor, before negotiating surrender on her own terms. Throughout her years of imprisonment without trial, Phoolan Devi remained a beacon of hope for the poor and the downtrodden. In 1996, amidst both popular support and media controversy, she was elected to the Parliament. On July 25, 2001, Phoolan Devi was shot dead in Delhi. The identity of her killers is unknown, but it is thought that they may include relatives of villagers killed by her gang nearly twenty years ago. For over a decade millions have found the power and scope of Phoolan Devi's myth irresistible. Here is the story of her life through her eyes and in her own voice....

Title : The Bandit Queen of India: An Indian Woman's Amazing Journey from Peasant to International Legend
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The Bandit Queen of India: An Indian Woman's Amazing Journey from Peasant to International Legend Reviews

  • Beth
    2018-11-21 17:43

    This is an amazing book. Well, I should say that this is an amazing story of survival because it is an autobiography (an oral autobiography then written down by the authors). it tells the story of Phoolan Devi, an indian girl born into the lowest caste (other than the untouchables), poor of course, in a village of India. As a girl she had no rights and no protection other than what her father could give. She was married off at age 11 to a middle-aged man who raped and tortured her. She escaped that situation to be beaten, raped and shamed by her fellow villagers and the upper caste members who controlled her village.She was kidnapped by a band of bandits and saved only because the leader of the bandits fell in love with her. That part may sound romantic but it was anything but. She still was not allowed to return to her family. She still had to live the life of a bandit. She was branded a criminal. Her bandit husband was murdered by another bandit who then kidnapped her and took her from village to village, bound and naked, saying to the men of the villages, "Use her as you like." And they did, publicly, brutally, continuously. She survived all this, escaped, became the leader of her own band of bandits and finally surrendered herself to the Indian authorities.She spend 11 years in Indian prison, was finally released and was voted into the Indian Parliament. Several years later she was assassinated on the steps of her house.She has become a myth and a legend to millions of lower caste people, women in particular, for fighting for their rights, for trying to bring justice to the poor people who have no justice.This book tells her story in her words. It is told in simple sentences, with great detail and is filled with personal emotions. It also gives the reader a very involved understanding of how the lives of millions of people in India work from day to day. The most gripping aspect of this story is that, except for her ability to rise above her place in her world, it is not an exceptional tale. It is the story of millions of people, no more singular and no more spectacular in the poverty, the lack of justice, the powerlessness of these people.

  • Erika
    2018-11-16 20:37

    There is nothing about this book that isn't phenomenal and miraculous. Phoolan Devi fought against an entire community and religious dogma that insisted that she was sub-human for being dark-skinned, poor, and female. Everyone she had ever known in her entire life tried to bend her or break her, but her sense of personal justice was so strong that she refused. This is what really strikes me-- she was all alone in an unjust system which was all she had ever known and yet she was still strong enough to know right from wrong and fight for her own justice. She became India's most notorious bandit, redistributing wealth and castrating rapists, before surrendering on her own terms, doing jail time, being the subject of a highly inaccurate and grossly exploitative movie, being elected to parliament, and sadly being assassinated. This book is the autobiography of an illiterate woman- dictated in its entirety. It is truly humbling.

  • Jacob
    2018-12-11 20:44

    Overall it was an interesting book, but it left me hanging and somewhat disappointed. I read the book because the woman went from bandit to an Indian member of parliament, and I thought the book would talk about this. It really just focused on the time from her childhood until she was released from jail, which was interesting but not what I expected.

  • Heather
    2018-12-01 19:37

    Riveting, heartbreaking, yet inspiring.

  • Carol
    2018-11-24 15:47

    Because of the life that she was born into, and the harsh situational realities that she endured, this book was extremely hard to read. Yet, her life story is intriguing.

  • Rachel Goffinet
    2018-12-02 23:42

    I would highly suggest everyone read this book. Phoolan Devi was a survivor, a fighter, and a true warrior. She went through absolute horror and yet never lost her passion for helping those in need. She was truly an inspiring woman and it breaks my heart that she met her end so soon.

  • Ciara
    2018-11-23 15:46

    i probably wouldn't have chosen to read this book if left to my own devices, but it was the first book selected for this anarcha-feminist reading group i used to be in, so i went & checked it out, & i'm glad i did, because i liked it a lot. i'm not going to pretend that it was easy to read. phoolan devi had a really rough life. & she pulls no bunches in addressing some of the awful things that have happened to her. she was born very lower-caste in india. her family struggled a lot to take care of their plot of farmland in an effort to not starve to death, & weather & political machinations often worked against them. when phoolan was still really young, like eleven, her parents married her off to a local rich man, who subjected her to sexual abuse. she escaped from him & was persecuted by the townspeople & the law for abnadoning her husband. her husband conspired to have her kidnapped by bandits with the thought that they would rape her & hopefully kill her. but one of the bandits took a shine to her & wouldn't allow the other bandits to hurt her. he trained her in the way of being a bandit & she joined their bandit tribe, stealing from the rich, giving to the poor, & avenging herself & other women across the indian countryside, castrating rapists & such forth. she & the bandit who protected her fall in love & have a bandit wedding. but eventually she is captured & subjected to all kinds of horrors. she was eventually cleared & elected to parliament in india, but was assassinated at the age of 42 or so. she didn't write this book so much as she reported it to a ghostwriter, & i have heard some people say that the book is exploitative because it was written by white english people. i don't know the details of this argument. i just liked the parts where phoolan went around cutting off the dicks of rapists. go phoolan!

  • Elizabeth
    2018-12-08 19:38

    She was born in India to the lowest caste, a group with few rights and even fewer prospects. Enduring cruel poverty, Phoolan Devi survived the humiliation of an abusive marriage, the savage killing of her bandit-lover and horrifying gang rape to claim retribution for herself and all low-caste women of the Indian plains. In a three-year campaign that rocked the government, she delivered justice to rape victims and stole from the rich to give to the poor, before negotiating surrender on her own terms. Throughout her years of imprisonment without trial, Phoolan Devi remained a beacon of hope for the poor and the downtrodden. In 1996, amidst both popular support and media controversy, she was elected to the Parliament.On July 25th, 2001, Phoolan Devi was shot dead in Delhi. The identity of her killers is unknown, but it is thought that they may include relatives of villagers killed by her gang nearly twenty years ago. For over a decade millions have found the power and scope of Phoolan Devi's myth irresistible. Now she finally tells the story of her life through her eyes and in her own voice.

  • Gypsy
    2018-12-06 18:24

    A remarkable book ultimately about power and the powerless. Phoolan Devi endured many horrific acts on her that some can not even imagine but she always fought and never gave up in her battles which make a heroine in so many eyes. There were times when I did not wish to continue because it was too emotional and I felt distraught knowing there is so much evil in the world but I kept on hoping for some sort of recompense. I was also sad to have finished the book and not knowing how she dealt with the life outside of the village and jungle. The book ended with her coming out of prison I would love to have read her journey into politics and about how she met her husband Umed Singh. I think her story is so remarkable in telling of India's struggle that more than half the population go through daily and even today nobody seems to care. I am happy that she had the courage to test it. I felt if she was alive today she would have made a great politician because not only of her drive in justice but because no matter what life threw at her she always strived to come out of it stronger.

  • Mary
    2018-11-18 18:25

    One of my very favorite books. I first heard about Phoolan Devi on NPR shortly after she was assassinated, and was so fascinated by her character that I searched for information on her. I pre-ordered this book while it was still in printing, and it is not widely available now. Unfortunately, I lent it out to numerous people and one day it did not come back. It is an incredible story of survival against the odds: against a deadly caste system in India, against the practice of marrying female children to grown men, and against the myriad disadvantages of being female in the third world. You may find the story extremely disturbing, with shocking descriptions of abuse, but out of it rises one of the most amazing and improbable characters in history, as far as I know. A must read for folks who are fascinated by ordinary people who persevered and changed the world as we know it. It is one of the handful of books I have read that I literally could not put down, and finished all of its 500 or so pages in 2 days.

  • Nancy
    2018-11-26 22:36

    I was hooked at first, but as the book went on I started to doubt that one girl/woman could sustain so much violence and still go on. It seemed like she was raped about a million times, if she is to be believed. Plus, she turned into a person who was not someone to admire. She wreaked violence on others in return for the violence she did, severing penises right and left. I don't think her journey was "amazing" except for the fact that she ended up in Indian parliment. Now that IS amazing. I skimmed the last part of the book because I became bored with it all. Everyone was always betraying her, but she was a robin hood (if her accounts can be believed) righting all the wrongs. Too hard for me to swallow!

  • eve
    2018-12-01 21:45

    what can i say? i will never understand what it was like to live through what phoolan devi did. however, this book is an unforgettable portrait of how desperation can lead to such anger that anything is possible. in understanding why terrorists do the things they do, more people should read this book. however, even through it all, she seems to have kept some of her humanity. she didn't strike out indiscriminately. she always had a reason for what she did, as least in her reasoning. this book covers her outlaw years. i want to know more about the rest of her life, short as it was. how she continued to fight.

  • Carla
    2018-11-10 20:48

    Amazing story, learned so much about what it would be like to be viewed as lower caste. And always interested the family and social dynamics. And how cruel people can be to each other, to the point where they can't feed themselves to survive. Shouldn't books have ratings? Rated R for violence and sexual assault.

  • Sunitha Prabhu
    2018-12-08 21:36

    4.5 starsThe book is intense and definitely not for the soft-hearted readers. It goes through the events in Phoolan’s life from her point of view, allowing the reader to admire Phoolan for enduring and surviving the horrific events that took place, and at times even supporting her equally cruel actions to others. It's dark, gritty and sick. The book could have covered details of any reforms that were made to women’s rights/protection during her time as a dacoit or as a member of the parliament as a consequence of the pain/injustice she had had to endure.

  • Tola Cream
    2018-12-07 15:40

    Well if you see the movie it is nice but the book. This book is a page turner, the things this girl had to endure was gruesome. Constantly getting rape, Phoolan Devi is an amazing woman that was born into a lower-caste, her family were very tradition and in my eyes d*ckheads.The book is a good real, the book just makes you thankful and helps you enjoy what you have and not what you HAD to...

  • J.D. Holman
    2018-12-05 23:21

    I started this book for a book club, and finished it for myself. This is a biography that's almost like a fairy tale, with a heroine that overcomes incredible odds to bring justice to her people - the members of her caste, and all mistreated Indian women. India could use another woman like her, in this age of senseless, widespread rapes.Review available at http://moonlit-librarian.blogspot.com...

  • Bart
    2018-11-13 17:48

    A transcribed oral history, The Bandit Queen of India, is at times confusing sequentially. Still Phoolan Devi shares an amazing voice. Devi shows great determination fighting against the men who marginalize, assault, and rape her and empathy and understanding to other women who remain silent, as men escalate their violence when Devi resists. Unfortunately, Devi works to perpetuate some divisions among women by disparaging some sexual(ized) women.

  • thinker bell
    2018-12-03 15:25

    I have been reading since I learned to read, mostly political books, and this book is on my top three most favorite books, if not my most favorite book. I HIGHLY recommend this book for all women, especially women who have been violently exploited or mistreated by the hands of men and/or the state. Phoolan Devi continues to live through the women of the world who continue to struggle against patriarchy rooted in economic oppression. Long live all the Phoolan Devis!

  • Nicole Martin
    2018-11-23 15:23

    This book is great. It has been an honor to read Phoolan's story in her own words. It's almost 500 pages, but once you get into it, the pages will fly by. Please note that this book contains many scenes of violence and sexual assault, not nearly as graphic as the movie, but you may need to take some time to process the horrific violence this woman was subjected too, and then some more time to process the amazing way in which she fought back.

  • Mia
    2018-12-04 23:23

    This book changed my life actually. Giving me strength when I desperately needed it. Phoolan was an incredibly courageous young girl, then woman, in India who fought hard for justice for herself and other women of lower caste throughout India. She was voted into the house of Parliament in the 90s then her life was cut short in July, 2001. She was 38 years old.It is a VERY important read regarding the current rights and living conditions of women in India, as well as other cultures.

  • Darcy
    2018-11-23 17:24

    I became intersested in the story of Phoolan Devi after a book I read by professional traveler Holly Morris. Phoolan never learned to read or write and this is her oral account of her life up until her surrender to Indria Ghandi. Some of the content of the book was questionable and toward the end it lost me a bit. It definately reads like an oral account and in some places a little tedious in the way it reads but over all pretty good. I wasn't able to put it down until I was done with it.

  • ankita
    2018-12-05 20:40

    Phoolan Devi's story of the injustices she faced and how she managed to survive is truly incredible. She was so strong and full of life. I'm glad that she was able to get her story out there. As she says, "for the first time, a woman from my community has been able to tell the truth about her life, and testify in public to the injustice we all had to suffer." Phoolan Devi speaks out not only for herself but also for all the other women who have been silenced.

  • Nitocris
    2018-11-14 18:32

    Phoolan Devi's autobiography is a lengthy read but the story is incredible. It is about a woman with an indomitable spirit and her trajectory from illiterate urchin, to gun-slinging gang leader, to member of Parliament and champion of the poor. I see her as a symbol of hope for all survivors of horrific abuses and poverty.

  • Hippiemouse420
    2018-12-07 18:26

    This book literally gave me nightmares. It's intense. I thought it was an excellent story, and I think a really great movie could be made of her life that would touch a lot of people. However, I have to admit that I sometimes doubted the veracity of her story because it seemed impossible that a human being could go through so much torture and survive.

  • Ashley
    2018-11-27 23:26

    The unbelievable true story of a low-caste woman in India, married as a teen who flees her abusive husband, is gang-raped by higher caste men, flees her village, becomes leader of a group of bandits, takes vengeance on those who rape, oppress and steal from the lower-castes, loses her lover, goes to prison, and finally becomes a member of parliament.

  • Alison
    2018-11-14 22:32

    What an amazingly emotional & moving story. I was horrified by some of the experiences this woman endured. Remind yourself while reading that this is not a story about some woman from many, many years ago. This is much more recent. Our world has a lot to overcome that many of us take for granted.

  • ex.libris
    2018-11-14 22:26

    Do you really want to sob for 800 pages?It was a good book, full of detail, and you can't help but admiring this woman. She is a living legend. But I can't give a book five stars if I refuse to read it again.

  • Abhishek Agarwal
    2018-12-10 16:20

    Truly an amazing journey! First half of book is filled with soul-crushing misery and torture, second half with adventure as well as more misery. Get to know how justice is served in the most lawless lands of India in 1980's. Not for faint hearted!

  • corinne
    2018-11-12 20:34

    wow. this story is incredible and powerful and nauseating and brutal and inspiring and fierce. there is so much sexual assault and rape in this book - but then phoolan rises to be a bandit of vengeance and literally castrates rapists all over rural india.

  • Julie Bridgelal prine
    2018-11-24 15:41

    I can't believe a human being can be treated this way. I found this woman to be very very strong and I love her courage, her fearlessness even when she was fearful, and her love for her family. It is definitely worth reading.