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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (1 Jan. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722158742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722158746
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 703,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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He organizes and controls the swift-moving, exciting narrative with the unobtrusive brilliance of a first-class military strategist. --Observer

Mr Masters s descriptions of the Indian scene are as highly coloured as ever and his narrative as exciting and dashing. --Evening Standard

Simply as gripping exotic tales, his books read splendidly still… but they deserve to be read also as a revelation to the young and a reminder to the old of a vanished world. --The Tablet --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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John Masters was a general in the British Army and served on the North-West frontier. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Essex Girl on 11 May 2008
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On the face of it, this is a ripping yarn, based around the efforts of the British at the end of the Raj to both recapture an escaped terrorist and keep a lid on the simmering unrest in the fictional railway town of Bhowani.

It is, however, much more than that: it is, in several ways, a remarkable book. Firstly, Masters writes it in three distinct voices: those of Victoria ('a chee-chee engine driver's daughter'), Rodney (a British officer) and Patrick, a railway administrator. Without in any way mangling English grammar or English spelling, Masters has ensured that when Patrick speaks the Eurasian accent is right in your ear: he has its rhythm absolutely nailed. Secondly, it subverts the whole ripping yarn genre. I don't want to say too much here, as that would spoil the story, but it doesn't end quite as you would expect it to and all along the way there are characters who are just not as they first appear: the most senior local civil servant is, it transpires, probably from the lowest of the Hindu castes; Rodney, very British and very correct and very arrogant, is quite disenchanted with the other Europeans and goes drinking in the Railway Institute where the Eurasians hang out. It's hard for us to picture now just how radical this was sixty-odd years ago in the dog days of the Empire, when Asians and Eurasians were not permitted membership of the exclusive clubs and European men who married Asian or mixed-race women could lose their jobs as a consequence.

Thirdly, and most remarkably, this novel is in a large part told from the viewpoint of the Anglo-Indian - the mixed race - community, and as a group, they are examined with a sympathy and compassion they do not, in literature, normally receive.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Vicarious on 1 Oct. 2006
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In no other book I know does the sheer arousal a woman's physical presence can evoke seem so real to the reader and so potent a force in men's motives. As two men from different communities compete for her affections, both of them at times selfishly & selflessly, it appears almost as if the Anglo-Indian heroine's sexual aura plays a larger part in this small scene in India's struggle for independence than politics could ever have done. The political outcome of the story is (from Masters' viewpoint of an ex British army officer, but perhaps not according to modern PC Standards) satisfactory, but the personal conclusions leave one aching for a world in which people are in control of their own destinies. The writing is clearly 1950's but none the worse for that - who can name three modern authors with the ability to get inside a character and inside your head using simple words & pleasingly correct grammar?
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 April 2005
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John Masters is a forgotten author in many ways, which is a real shame as his writing is wonderful. He was a career army officer and many of his novels use his experiences of army life as a basis. He has a fantastic appreciation and understanding of the difficulties of life for locals and those serving in the army. His books are primarily based around army life and even if you are not a military fan, don't let this put you off. A number of novels have India as the location from the time just before the mutiny until after independence. They are brilliantly written and follow the trials and tribulations of an army family whose name is Savage. They are fiction based on fact and are very exciting reading.
I first came across John Masters when in my teens - some thirty+ years ago, I was completely enthralled. Sadly, many of his books are no longer in print, which is a real shame. Those still in print are primarily classed as military and recall his personal experiences of army life. But novels such as Nightrunners of Bengal, Bhowani Junction and The Deceivers, are fiction using actual events as a basis and I can highly recommend them - if you can manage to find them!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hope Bower on 20 Jun. 2013
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Ther story is great I can't improve on anything else already said. However, beware if you buy the kindle edition, the text is terrible there are many typo's which makes reading it hard work, having to keep stopping to figure out what the word should be. Very disappointing !!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Duncan Holmes on 18 Mar. 2014
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Scanned text with a lot of annoying typos. Project Gutenberg would never release something so sloppily produced, although unfortunately they don't have this title. Get the paperback instead
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I managed to get hold of an original copy and it was in excellent condition, being over 40 years old. I read this book when it first came out and I am even more impressed with it since rereading. Perhaps being older and knowing more about this period of history, I can relate to it more. This is a great way to experience history - not just cold hard facts, but a feeling of the atmosphere, attitudes, almost colours and smells of India, the way people felt and reacted to the events, the way we all experience history in a personal way. I felt I understood this period much more deeply, experiencing the way it played out for different sections of society. The humour, the horror, the prejudices all shown. The main characters were real people, so well portrayed and easy to identify with. My only quibble was that sometimes we were given too much tiny detail during the events, almost second by second, but there are many readers that find this fascinating. I was delighted that I found this book as easy and entertaining to read as any contemporary 2013 book. I shall be reading more books by this masterful (!) author.
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