Baby Snakes Paperback – June 7, 2019
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Baby Snakes is an original take on the Raj, full of wry humor, strong characters, and evocative descriptions that linger. Full-bodied characters and a darkly comedic narrative voice combine in Demarest Campbell's Baby Snakes, a historical novel in which Brits behave badly under the Raj...Descriptions of people and locales blend dark humor with undercurrents of openhearted empathy and reach near-brilliant concision...
~ Foreword CLARION REVIEW
Campbell's darkly humorous historical novel follows the iconoclastic life of Cordelia Moran in 19th-century Calcutta. These well-drawn, decidedly British characters spend their steamy days in India in erudite, witty repartee... An elegant examination of the people and mores of a particular time and place in the history of the British Empire; perfect for anglophiles.
~ KIRKUS REVIEW
Fans of old-school classics like "Jane Eyre" and "Wuthering Heights" will fall in love with the dream-like prose here...The life cycle of this singular family felt entirely organic and deeply human. A uniquely delightful tale!
This was written with the style and grace of a classic novel--reading it feels like unearthing an ancient treasure... This is a beautiful story with extravagantly beautiful language...
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- Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1070720127
- ISBN-13 : 978-1070720128
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.92 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Independently published (June 7, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,777,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I found the characters all well drawn and fascinating, with a few that were specific to the time frame but mainly relatable in society today- especially as we bandy about the phrase, "white privilege". The situations are often distressing, but the narrative was witty enough and had so many droll observations that I kept smiling and shaking my head even as I was aghast at some of the actions undertaken. The entire piece is done with such attention to detail that one can taste the spicy, steamy surroundings while reading. Certain stories are transporting; be prepared to embark upon a true journey, this novel brings the reader to a new old place, among new, ancient people, in a most complete fashion. Kudos to Ms. Campbell for re-creating such a compelling and beliveable world.
Dr. Robert A. Laurier had greeted Dr. Charron & informed him Ms. Delia Moran (daughter, scholar, translator) was under his care for Scarletina.
Russell St. Ms. Beryl “Devi” Rafferty (Dr. Laurier’s newest mistress) is Delia’s lady’s maid.
Mr. Moran (husband/father, politician) was seldom home.
Dr. Charron (55+) was now treating them both for ailments.
Gheisella Schliemann (17, Dr. Laurier former mistress) had committed suicide.
Mrs. Moran (wife/mother) had plenty of other servants to watch over things.
Paris, France. Ms. Moran was to attend the Université de Paris.
What were Mr. James & Delia up to?
What about Stapleton (estate mgr.) & Ms. Rafferty?
Delia was later admitted to a Sanatorium, & Mr. James had Mrs. Joan James removed & put in a small white room to die.
Mrs. Cooke-Rafferty had left to grieve at a relative’s home.
Why did Delia send Alistair “Ally” to see Harry?
1879, Academie Du Chene (Lausanne). It was time for the Boxing Day concert.
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one.
A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written historical fiction Calcutta thriller book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great 19th century Calcutta thriller movie, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.
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Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)