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- Print Length: 179 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1973725177
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- Publication Date: December 7, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AKUEBB4
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What is interesting about Mundy now, is not the stories themselves—though fun they are run-of-the-mill early 20th Century adventure fiction—but the window the stories and books offer on Late British Imperialism, especially as this manifested itself in India.
The casual reader, however, should brace themselves for the imperialist perspective on the ‘native/indigenous peoples’. While Mundy’s racism is mild by comparison of, say, Ian Flemings’ [see Flemings’ James Bond series] it is pronounced by today’s standards. This doesn’t mean modern readers will not enjoy Mundy’s work, but it does mean the reader should prepare themselves for racial and cultural attitudes that are not acceptable today. Again, these attitudes are not as blatant as those of others writers and should not interfere, greatly, with the reader’s pleasure—if they keep the above proviso in mind.
Having said this, Om is a wonderful adventure story with mystical overtones and interesting historical observations. But, mostly, Om is a wonderful book filled with exotic and unusual characters.
The middle section of the book drags a bit, feels a bit overly long, but this may be because the reading sensibilities of the pre-internet and pre-television age are dramatically different from those of today.
Highly Recommended for those readers who enjoy Adventure fiction and those interested in Late Imperial Adventure fiction.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Note: The reviewer read the Kindle eBook version of this book. The book was well formatted and easy to navigate through.
For those interested in learning more about Talbot Mundy, they should check out his Wikipedia page. Mr. Mundy led an interesting and unconventional life, which fed into his fiction and his perspective on the world.
This author has written so many adventure novels it is surprising that he is not more acclaimed.