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The Lotus and the Wind Paperback – 22 Nov 1984

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere Books; New edition edition (22 Nov. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722158076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722158074
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 582,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Shivari VINE VOICE on 15 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
'The Lotus and the Wind' is in my opinion one of Masters' best. It continues the saga of the Savage family in British India, the main character being Robin (Rodney's baby in the 'Nightrunners of Begal'), who now in 1880 is a young man. He is a troubled person, perhaps traumatised as an infant by his experiences during the Indian Mutiny (see 'Nightrunners'). Unjustly suspected of cowardice in battle, he leaves the army and joins the Intelligence Service, where he is drawn into 'The Great Game.' (This was the whimsical 19th century name for the intense rivalry between Great Britain and Russia over which empire would dominate the Middle-East and Asia. The British feared that having gobbled up Central Asia, the Russians would invade India - the jewel in the British Empire's crown.)

Accompanied by Jagbir, his Gurkha orderly, Robin attempts to follow clues about the Russian invasion plans. Feints, counter-feints, truths and half-truths drag him into criss-crossing Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Persia. Meshed into this is the other 'Great Game' - that between a man and a woman. What is love? Men need freedom, like the wind. Women, like the Lotus, need to put down roots. Does love bind the other - or set them free? Can the Lotus and the Wind truly love each other?

A truly marvellous read. Especially recommended if (like me) you love 'Kim' by Rudyard Kipling. Love, intrigue and adventure - what more could you want?
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By Robert Heslop on 17 Sept. 2014
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Very enjoyable
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A Classic Great Game Novel 8 Sept. 2013
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John Masters captures the spirit, the times, and the characters of the Great Game: the Gurkhas, the Russian spies, the English players, the Pathans, the Kirghiz, the Mongols, and the Turkis, each one with their distinct dialect and cultural quirks. The main character, Robin Savage is an enigma to everyone around him except the man who knows and understands him best: Major Hayling, the man who has everything to gain in Robin's death while playing the Great Game. Hayling is in love with Robin's fiancee, the beautiful and strong-minded Anne Hildreth who finds herself trying to resuscitate Robin's masculinity as well as his career. Which man will she choose? The rugged and charismatic Hayling, or the aloof and feckless Savage? In the end she learns that some men are like the wind, and the wind can never be tied down.
yet the generous love of two unselfish people 28 April 2015
By Lucy - Published on
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The ending is not "happy" in the usual sense, yet the generous love of two unselfish people. Each has the courage to be him/herself and each has the unselfish love to allow the other to be her/himself. Both find joy mixed with pain; neither finds perfect happiness here -- and that's the genius of Masters who writes REAL books for us if we choose to read them. Worth the time and the money, for me!
very nice novel 26 Mar. 2013
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few people read these colonial era stuff nowadays but they offer you a glimpse of the things happening in those days. Good stuff
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