- Age Range: 9 and up
- Grade Level: 4 and up
- Series: Works of G. A. Henty
- Hardcover: 343 pages
- Publisher: Preston-Speed Pubns (February 23, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1887159908
- ISBN-13: 978-1887159906
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,882,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Tiger of Mysore : A Story of the War with Tippo Saib (Works of G. A. Henty) Hardcover – February 23, 2001
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About the Author
G. A. Henty's life was filled with exciting adventure. After completing his work at Westminster School, he attended Cambridge University, where he undertook a rigorous course of study and also enjoyed boxing, wrestling, and rowing. The strenuous study and healthy, competitive participation in sports prepared Henty for his adventures. To name just a few, he fought with the British army in the Crimea, served as a war correspondent during Garibaldi's fight for independence in Italy, visited Abyssinia, witnessed the Franco-Prussian war while in Paris, observed the Carlists in Spain, attended the opening of the Suez Canal, toured India with the Prince of Wales (later Edward II), and visited the California gold fields.
G. A. Henty lived during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) and began his story-telling career with his own children. After dinner it was his custom to spend an hour or two telling them a story that often continued for days. In fact, some stories lasted for weeks! One evening a friend happened to be present during Henty's "story hour." Watching the children as they sat spell-bound, he urged Henty to write down his stories so others could enjoy them. Happily for us, Henty did so. One of his secretaries reported that he often would pace rapidly back and forth in his study dictating stories as fast as the secretary could record them. He became known to his readers as "The Prince of Story-Tellers" and "The Boys Own Historian." Henty's stories revolve around a fictional boy hero during fascinating periods of history. His heroes are diligent, courageous, intelligent, and dedicated to their country and cause in the face of, at times, great peril. Respected historians have acknowledged his histories, particularly the accounts of battles, for their accuracy. His ability to bring his readers action-packed adventure in an accurate historical setting makes the study of history exciting, and removes the drudgery often associated with such study.
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It is in fact you Mr. Harish who appears biased and uninformed of the time period of this story.
That G.A. Henty was biased towards his own country is without a doubt. Although if you read any number of his books you will see criticism of Great Britain too.
Now as to the matter of imperialism, I would like to point out that one cannot look at matters of history with the rose tinted glasses of the present day. Just as the Roman empire helped civilize a then very uncivil world, and not forgetting the time period, perhaps G.A. Henty saw the advantages that COULD be gained by both sides.
As to the British being "sent from heaven," that's hardly the truth, as you said. However I truly do not see how any student of history, COULD NOT see how immensely better off the Indians were after the British began ruling.
I would like to kindly suggest that you research these matters beforehand, instead of taking your opinions (and quotes) from Wikipedia.
"The Tiger of Mysore" by G.A. Henty, is very typical of Henty's format. Which if you read any great number of his books will lead to boredom. It does contain his opinions (clearly marked as such), but is historically accurate for the time period. It also contains the typical nomenclature of his day. Which can be seen as racist if not viewed in its historical context.