Bhowani Junction (Story-Tellers) Paperback – 24 May 2001
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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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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.Read more ›
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!
A long time ago I read Road past Mandalay a Story about the Chindits fighting their way through the jungles of Burma during the second world war, John Masters was a Brigadier during that campaign, he was in command I think. I was a soldier training under all sorts of difficult conditions, what the Chindits did was to make my training days a piece of cake. Really enjoyed that book and would read it again only it's not yet published in Kindle, much easier to read, I suppose I will have to buy the hard back edition.Meanwhile I will have to make do with "Far far the Mountain peak" Missed it last time.
Forgot to mention that John Masters was born in India, spent a lot of his time their and is uniquely qualified to write his books, see one of his first,Bugles and a tiger written when he was serving as a Subaltern with the Gurkha's Sorry looks like a sales pitch don't it. Not so , just like his books and looking forward to reading those others I haven't read
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I read this book in German years ago and it has been a favourite of mine ever since and reading it now in English it is still as mesmerising. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent story & illuminating about the situation with the Anglo-Indians at that time.Published 13 months ago by Mr James Atherton
An excellent book, but the edition is appallingly badly scanned and rendered. There are so many instances of "dear" instead of "clear", "radier" instead of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by J. Robinson
An excellent story, painting a vivid picture of revolutionary India. The plot twists and turns in surprising ways, and if it doesn't come out exactly how this reader would have... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Richard Penn
This is a work of fiction but as John Masters served in British India you feel it is close to the real India of the time. Read morePublished 20 months ago by John Woodhouse
Good yarn. Authentic detail backed up by the author's own experience in India.Published 20 months ago by Diarmid