Audiobook Review - Under The Red Blanket

Posted by Steve Emecz on

Audible Review

I really liked this one. It presents a detailed account of the life of the author as a missionaries' kid in India, and I loved it. It brought me memories of my own infancy, not because I've lived in India but because it was also spent in a place in which most of the usual comforts of everyday life were missing. I remember that joyful running around, and the commonplace of getting into trouble when you aren't really aware of what a challenge this kind of life is for your parents. The constant danger isn't downplayed, but it isn't either described as a perpetual worry, just a part of the beautiful land they are living in.

Easy to read/listen, filled with both, facts and anecdotes, and deeply personal this is a sure re-reading. Kathleen Godwin's narration is simply delightful. 


Available from Audible USA and Audible UK.



Under The Red Blanket is a memoir of a Swedish-American family living in the remote area of North East India among headhunting tribes. The book opens with the father of Bea, Bengt Anderson, immigrating to the United States from Sweden on the advice of his aunt Hedda, who worked as a cook for the Roosevelt family at their home in Hyde Park, New York. He later moved to Minnesota, where he met and married Edna Michaelson. Soon after, they left the US to spend 29 years living in India. The story relates the trials and tribulations of life in the jungle. It includes stories of life under the British Raj, World War II, and the Japanese invasion into India. The book also describes the horrors witnessed during the separation of India and Pakistan in 1947.



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