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Brilliant - why haven't more people recommended it?,
This review is from: The Indian Mutiny (Paperback)
If you know practially nothing about the Indian Mutiny - do, do read this. It is a wonderfully written book which takes you through the main episodes principally by reference to first hand accounts, which are skilfully woven together (no mean feat given the confusion which reigned on many occasions). It certainly prvides a great introduction and overview, and is also just an all out excellent read - tension, pathos, even humor (the running competition betwen the younger officers to get VCs come hell or high water would be hilarious, if they didn't then do such amazingly brave things!). If you know quite a bit about the mutiny, I would still recommend it as an enjoyable read, and for the skill with which the individuals' stories are put together. Obviously each of the areas of the mutiny could justify a book in itself - Cawnpore for example makes you wish there was more room for fuller treatment of the siege and the indviduals' stories. But that is a necessary cost of covering the whole mutiny, and does not detract from the value or enjoyability of the book. Read it - and weep.