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At the end of the book I found myself wanting to know more about the events on which it was based and wondering about the right actress to play Grace , the attractive [ although occasionally infuriating] heroine when the book is turned into a film , as surely it must.
The book starts well and whilst it is a writer’s gift, John Sweeney is a journalist and he writes like one. Well-plotted but with no heart, there are some good descriptions but the dialogue is so clunky I found it difficult to believe in the characters. Miss Furroughs was so inconsistent that I became irritated. Mr Peach, a believable character when sober, would not, in his drunken state, have spoken to Grace as he did – and if he had, she would more than likely have slapped him. And, I’m sorry, but Sam appeared like a caricature from a third rate British war film – his elephants Disneyesque.
The people of that era simply didn’t speak in the way JW depicts and I speak from experience. Many of those fleeing the Japanese, both military and civilian, were forced to endure sights and perform actions that were degrading and dehumanising and, whilst it cannot be denied that some of them did despise the natives, JW’s assertion that many of the retreating Allies were a bunch of racist cowards with little conscience does them a great disservice. No matter what JS’s personal opinion (and it had no place in this book) a conquering army is rarely popular but, by and large, Britain did more than is often credited for India.Read more ›
The story is undoubtedly gripping (hence the four stars), and the courage and intelligence of the elephants at times heart-breaking (they are the true heroes of the novel). But I do have reservations. Firstly, the novel is somewhat unbalanced. In several places, too much space is given to flashbacks which are not really essential to the plot. And I really do wonder whether a nice English girl would (at that time) have fallen so easily in love and had sexual relations; and this with two separate men in surprisingly short order. Also, the novel's ending is wrapped up very quickly and neatly, and I felt this could have been managed better.
However - I have to recommend this novel, as I found it gripping and very readable.
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