Ravi Lancers Paperback – 1 Jan 1988
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There is much more than the harrowing war story though. As the story progresses, from a relatively harmonious environment in India, before the Ravi Lancers go to war, to the unforeseen hell of the battlefield with previously unencountered weapons and methods of war, pressures build and relationships deteriorate. Whilst what happens on the battlefield remains central to the story, many other issues come into play, which helps make "The Ravi Lancers" a deep, thought provoking, entertaining and suspenseful read.
For example; the differing standards, values and expectations of the British and Indian cultures and how the consequent behaviour and practices cause friction between the British senior commander and the Indian senior officer, which eventually leads to out and out defiance and to a position where neither can back down (to say more might result in a spoiler). There is a theme of a condescending, patronising attitude of the British to the Indians, which at the time was perhaps a set of assumptions common throughout society and maybe even accepted without complaint by many Indians, but which now would be considered unacceptably racist, that played a significant part in the story and led to many of the problems between the 2 main characters.Read more ›
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Having read a number of John Masters' novels in my childhood I have recently started reading some of his less well known books and cannot recommend them highly enough. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Typhoon Kate