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Bhowani Junction (Story-Tellers) [Paperback]

John Masters
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24 May 2001 Story-Tellers
The tensions and conflicts that accompanied the birth of modern India are grippingly evoked in John Masters' classic 'Bhowani Junction'. Set in the late 1940s and first published in 1954 in the wake of Partition, the novel has increased in stature over the years. 'Bhowani Junction', along with Masters' other Indian novels, now takes its place alongside E.M. Forster's 'A Passage to India' and the acclaimed works of such later writers as Paul Scott and Salman Rushdie.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd; New Ed edition (24 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0285636049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285636040
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 533,511 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

About the Author

John Masters was a general in the British Army and served on the North-West frontier.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Railway People 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten classic 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
4.0 out of 5 stars John Masters - a forgotten genius 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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3.0 out of 5 stars kindle edition 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 18 April 2014
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An absolute classic. Great characters, exciting storyline and brilliant writing that evoke the period and the setting. A real page-turner
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A fascinating story woven around the historical events just after World War 2 in India and building towards their indepenecence, with especial recognition of the Anglo-Indians - neither British nor Indian, falling betwen two stools. Highly recommended tale with the backdrop of the fermentation of revolt and eventually leading to the deaths of perhaps millions as Partition became a fact.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Last of Bhowani 30 Sep 2013
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The Bhowani trilogy by John Masters pictures an India in different stages of turmoil. Probably the best is Night Runners of Bengal set around the time of the Indian Mutiny but Bhowani Junction, set in the India of the mid 1940's, just prior to Independence, runs it very close. I first read this book nearly 60 years ago and thought it a good exciting read; going back to it I see it as a superbly-written novel, about the dilemmas of the two Anglo -Indian leads who have very ambivalent feelings about the impending departure of the British. The characterisation, as always in Masters, is utterly convincing, with the world-weary, cynical British Officer acting as foil for the two mixed-up lovers. The action scenes convey real tension as peaceful non-violence and terrorism collide. Masters knew India well and this novel shows it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story but TERRIBLE typos
Good story but TERRIBLE typos! Don't buy the kindle version - very difficult to read. Seems to be a typo on most pages.
Published 9 days ago by Brianj
5.0 out of 5 stars post-war india
this is also about the savage family and tells the story of the breaking away from the empire in a romantic way !
Published 10 months ago by terence james hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars An experience in India
I managed to get hold of an original copy and it was in excellent condition, being over 40 years old. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sue Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Bhowani Junction
Very different kind of book to what I was expecting. Having read Night Runners of Bengal, which I really enjoyed, I thought it might be on the same lines, You still get a good feel... Read more
Published 12 months ago by P. Baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars Supply of Bhowani Junction, a book by John Masters
Excellent story telling. Suffice it to say that Masters knew his India of the period to weave a simple but strong story that is compelling to read. Read more
Published 13 months ago by R Krishnan
4.0 out of 5 stars Bhowani Junction - Kindle edition
Having read and enjoyed this story years ago I was a little disappointed this time. I found the plot less plausible on this re-reading but maybe I have become more cynical with... Read more
Published 14 months ago by L. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars History
This story give one a good idea of how the anglo-indian community, created through the British Raj in India, felt on the run up to handover of rule to the Indian nation in... Read more
Published 19 months ago by B. Fry
5.0 out of 5 stars Bhowani Junction
I ordered this book and it arrived in exactly the condition as advertised (good). The delivery was quick and I have no complaints at all.
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