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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: VIKING PRESS
  • ASIN: B000UCQD4A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By "annat78" on August 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book reminds me the masterpiece of Pushkin "The Captain's Daughter". Pushkin wrote about the greatest Russian peasant's mutiny, so calles "Pougatchevschina". Masters wrote about the Indian mutiny. The problem is just the same - the price of justice. You can be absolutely politically correct and think that Pougatchev and Rani Sumitra were the greatest patriots possible. You may be absolutely sure that Russian serfdom & British raj are abominable. But the fact is that the victory of Russian peasants or Indian sepoys will be the beginning of chaos. Pushkin wrote about "meaningless and merciless Russian riot". Masters understands what does it mean. As an Anglo-Indian he lived through the downfall of his world and he write about his own hard earned experience . Rodney Savage, the hero, lived through the destruction and death of everything he thought true: his family, his regiment, his faith and his spiritual innocence. This book is about the acquisition of humanity by the man who has to start all over again. "Nightrunners" is a bit old-fashioned. Of cource, Kipling's influence is very strong, but I recommend it to everybody who want to read about the real mutiny & not about the much praised "fight for freedom and independence".
P.S. English is not my native language, so excuse me for my mistakes.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By toolmannh on March 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I fall somewhere in between the other two reviewers of this book. I believe this is one of John Master's best books (excepting his autobiographical material) and deserves five stars for the quality of the writing and storytelling. There is no denying the very different perspectives on the events recounted in this book, but I believe that one of the reviewers has forgotten that the story is fictional, told from the viewpoint of the English. There is certainly an equally compelling story to be told from the Indian viewpoint, and I would happily read that story too, but I believe that Master's viewpoint of the events is more nuanced than the other reviewer gives him credit for. Mutiny, rebellion, war for independence, call it what you will, it's a compelling read and I heartily recommend the book, or Patrick Tull's excellent reading of the book on audio.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Newcastle Bookworm on January 4, 2011
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The scenery, sights, sounds, smells and societies of India in 1857.
Masters was born in Calcutta, the fifth generation of his family to
serve in India. His knowledge of and love for India is mind-blowing, and his adventures are hair-raising.
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By lapiz on April 6, 2014
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fictictious account of the 1857 sepoy muntiny told in kipling manner. mix of romance, action, adventure, and history. similar to the four feathers.
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An exciting story of events leading up to the Indian Mutiny from the viewpoint of a British Army officer, this is a moving explanation of the feelings on both sides of the conflict. The writer shows empathy and depth of knowledge while creating a fascinating cast of characters. I could smell the dust and the blood, feel the heat and enter into the mystery of India in the final days of the Raj.
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