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Nightrunners of Bengal
Heavy wear to cover. This was a reread of a book that I first read about forty years ago. Pages are moderately yellowed with light tearing and foxing inside. Nightrunners of Bengal is the title of the first novel by John Masters. March Learn how and when to remove this template message. Masters had to order the medical orderlies to shoot 19 of his own men, casualties who had no hope of recovery or rescue.
Like other John Masters book, an extraordinary adventure period novel. This is at least the third time I’ve read this book. Masters writes with the descriptive depth of a professional soldier and a son of India. I have just gone through three of his books like a prairie fire.
Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. He died in from complications following heart surgery. I can remember reading the scene where Rodney Savage, along with his son and lady friend, Caroline, goes down the chute to escape being killed twice before. As the tension develops into violence and the British struggle to identify who is loyal to them the full horror of the As Captain Rodney Savage of the 13th Rifles celebrates the start of in the isolated town of Bhowani there is unrest stirring in the neighbouring state of Kishanpur.
The English reprisals that followed were brutal, and the overall effect of the mutineers’ revolutionaries’ defeat was a complete ta The Indian Revolt of against the East India Company’s rule was a two-year-long series of crimes and brutal acts against mostly civilians, first by the Sepoy mutineers and then by the English.
Briefly, Captain Rodney Savage is an officer in a Native regiment in Bhowani – an imaginary town bordering Kishanpur, a still independent Indian kingdom. However, it was made the American Literary Guild’s Book of the Month on publication, and was widely sold.
I first read the book inand it stands up to rereading. I recommend sticking it out, definitely worth the effort! Lavender Path Antiques and Books Published: Officers of the various companies poo-pooed the whole thing, but it soon got out of hand.
His recreation of the mutiny is centered on the town of Bhowani, a fictional place that occurs in a couple of his novels, though it is situated roughly where Jansi is located. Ask Questions and request photos if your buying for the cover and not the content. It is a breath of fresh air to read something about a grey world, a foreigner describing their foreign home and how dark it can become in war. The English reprisals that followed were brutal, and the overall effect of the mutineers’ revolutionaries’ defeat was a complete takeover of India by the British Crown, and the creation of what we know as the Raj.
He also makes a final appearance in The Ravi Lancers as a very old but still vivid man inwho meets his younger relative, one of that book’s main two protagonists. Jan 13, Alan rated it really liked it Shelves: The plot here is based on the Indian Mutiny, or Sepoy Rebellion, of Paternalistic, but a tightly engineered story. Fantastic Literature Ltd Published: Five star seller – Buy with confidence! The incident was soon used by dissidents to fire up the troops, who soon began an organized and systematic killing of the English whites in the various cantonments.
His descriptions of the violence on the first night of the uprising are vivid and disturbing, some of the best writing of this type that I’ve encountered. Fiction; India; 19th century; ; History.
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Jacket has wear at spine and flap fold ends. He spends time in the princely state and masteds with Indians who are technically their own masters. Jacket is tattered with tear on front and back. It is also apparent that the first time around I was more interested in the adventure elements of the story opulent tiger hunts, harrowing escapes from blood crazed savages, gruesome murders, valiant cavalry charges, naked girls dancing, etc than in the political implications and the evident bias of the narrator for the British point of view in the conflict.
Nightrunners Of Bengal
Perhaps were it wrtten now some of the sentiments might be less than politically correct, but it is not written now and tries, well I feel, to capture mid victorian Raj views.
As Captain Rodney Savage of the 13th Rifles celebrates the start of in the isolated town of Bhowani there is unrest stirring in the neighbouring state of Kishanpur. begal
I may be accused in cherrypicking the quotes that best serve my own line of argument, and in all honesty, Rodney’s views will be tempered towards the end of the novel, but I can’t help positioning myself in this conflict on the side of the underdog, and this underdog is definitely not the smug, autocratic Brit officer.
However, two thirds in the story suddenly explodes and it was all I could do to finish it! Red tint top page edges. This was a book we read in the 5th year in grammar school and it was the subject of our GCE English Literacy exam in ! If the people here in Kishanpur rebelled and threw off the Rani, they would then ask the British to rule them in her stead – for they would never, of course, imagine they could rule themselves.
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Nightgunners contain marginal notes, underlining, and or highlighting. Indians call this event The First War of Independence and it’s these two starkly different perspectives, occupier and occupied, that I have tried to convey in The Jasmine Sari, albeit through the less obviously visible “occupation” of the developing world by global busines I loved this book.
Good hardcover with Acceptable dustwrapper. Some prayed; some shrugged; few went abroad. Very Good with no dust jacket.