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Nightrunners of Bengal Hardcover – Dec 1951


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  • Hardcover: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd (Dec. 1951)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071810269X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718102692
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,357,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Barrett Rose on 3 Feb. 2011
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A fictional adventure and romance story based on the Indian Mutiny (British version) or Uprising (Indian point of view). Either way this is engrossing. A desperate situation faced by believable characters, none of them perfect, but each one acting according to perceived interest and, or, principle. The background of nineteenth century India is elaborately detailed and compelling. Indians and Englishmen are portrayed with deep understanding and real sympathy. This is a work that can be re-read many times without losing its impact.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brown Bear on 27 Aug. 2012
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Never mind that it was a well-used penguin copy, the book itself was excellent. There was much savagery during and after the Indian Mutiny on both sides. John Masters writes from his experiences as a soldier in India towards the end of the 'British Raj'. This historical novel about the Indian Mutiny was John Master's first. It won high critical praise when it was first published in 1951.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Hudson on 21 Oct. 2009
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John Masters has a way with words, and a wonderful memory for the unusual, amusing, or sad incidents he has witnessed or been told of in his army career. He starts his story as a bit of a know all, but soon has his rough edges ground down by the people he meets, both in England and in India. A thoroughly engrossing book, especially if you have Indian or army connections.
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If anyone is truly grateful for the work Amazon do then I am . I had forgotten all about the work of John Masters. An organisation called Slightly Foxed reminded me about him. And through Amazon I obtained a long since out-of-print book. It is a masterpiece of storytelling, Masters knew his Indian history, He, and his family had served there for several generation. This story tells in superb detail the Indian Mutiny of 1657 It is truly a page-turner of the highest class.
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I read this book many years ago at school. It must have stuck in my memory as a really good story and I wanted to read it again. In and out of print since, I was pleased to find a pristine copy secondhand, I've only just started to read it, but it is as good as I remember, a real John Masters classic.
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A fascinating tale, full of facts surrounding the mutiny in Bengal and the surrounds woven around a fictitious hero. An excellent read which portays much of the life and times faced by the British colonial administrators and the East India Company and its impact on the lives of the ordinary Indian people.
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John Masters was a very good writer with a full lifetime of experiences in India and the region. This book gives a true picture of the build up and occurance of an historic happening.

I would recommend it to anyone interested in India. I first read it during the 1960s when I was a deck apprentice on British merchant ships runing to India and Bangladesh that had Indian and Bangladeshi crews. John Masters' books capture the true feel of the region.
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By barjil on 24 Jan. 2013
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This is one of a series of books by John Masters, who was in the Indian Army. They run from the time of the East India Company till the modern day. 'The Nightrunners of Bengal' is the one about the mutiny. I was surprised that one critic said the book was difficult to get into.... The plot is there from the first pages and the characters are well drawn. Another critic said it was the mutiny from the British point of view but it does give the reasons for the mutiny; these should have been obvious then but it's not surprising that they weren't. People are of their time and can't be compared with our attitudes today.
This is the best of the series and the next best is 'The Deceivers' about the worship of Kali. Can we please have this too in a Kindle edition, Amazon.
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