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Nightrunners of Bengal [John Masters] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Dust jacket design by Alan Haemer. His first novel. A story of. PDF | On Jan 1, , Mehmet fikret arargüç and others published Empire and Romance John Masters’ Nightrunners of Bengal. As Captain Rodney Savage of the 13th Rifles celebrates the start of in the isolated town of Bhowani there is unrest stirring in the neighbouring state of.

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Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, and dust jackets may not be included. This book is overly romantic in patches especially in patches concerning colonial justificationsand might be difficult to read because of that – but if you go with the flow, it’s an interesting adventure with a brutal edge to it.

Savage is a captain over sepoys and finds himself right in the middle of the uprising. It is more about the difficulty to find a balance between your background and tradition, and conflicting loyalties.

Almost nonstop action, which John Masters is very good at, with a lot of hist This is at least the third time I’ve read this book.

In a final clash, an emotionally torn Savage fights against his own former regiment. Lavender Path Antiques and Books Published: Thanks for telling us about the problem. The fort in Jansi, and the Rani’s palace, both still stand, and have been well maintained, as does most of the fort at Gwalior where the mutineers were broken.

Jan 13, Alan rated jphn really liked it Shelves: Mar 12, Anna rated it really liked it.

Nightrunners Of Bengal

Overall though I enjoyed it enough to read his others soon. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. The “nightrunners” in the title are messengers who distributed chapatis shortly before the outbreak of the rebellion.

Used book in good condition. I recommend sticking it out, definitely worth the effort!


His recreation of the mutiny is centered on the town of Bhowani, a fictional place that occurs in a couple of his novels, though it is situated roughly where Jansi is located.

I can remember reading the scene where Rodney Savage, along with his son and lady friend, Caroline, goes down the chute to escape being killed twice before. They, however, were caught up in the intrigue of the Rajahs, Ranis and other local rulers.

There must be no peace and no quarter until every last Indian grovelled, and stayed grovelling. Within the English community, Savage is surrounded by ignorance, with oblivious and bigoted colleagues; he has a wife he doesn’t love – one of many idle women nitpicki I had read a previous book by John Masters that was just great, so I promptly put this well-reviewed book on my want list.

This managed to offend both faiths, and led to murmurings among the troops. No names, writing or marks. Fiction; India; 19th century; ; History.

Nightrunners of Bengal

Aug 12, Brian rated it really liked it. Clean black and yellow cloth boards with red lettering on cover and spine. Pages contain marginal notes, underlining, and or highlighting. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Pictures of bengao item not already displayed here available upon request. I first read this book when I was in India in the early ‘s, knowing nothing of the history of this complex country; the Mughul rulers, the British Raj, the fight for independence or anything really.

Originally published in Rare Book Cellar Published: I first read the book inand it stands up to rereading. Ships with Tracking Number! Published May 1st by Souvenir Press first published Not bad, shows some interesting scenes from the native indian and anglo indian life, but a little too predictable.

I was writng The Jasmine Sari at the time that I read it and I found it really useful in helping me to see how India felt about colonialism. Anwar Hossain rated it it was amazing Aug 27, Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.


Nightrunners of Bengal by John Masters

Along the way to its conclusion, beautiful prose puts the reader into the exotic settings and into the head of a British Captain. The book starts inin the fictional cantonment of Bhowani in Bengal India. Interesting look at the Indian Mutiny through mssters eyes of the Raj. Masrers striking wrap-around dustwrapper artwork by Patrick Gierth.

After briefly commanding the 3rd battalion of his regiment, Masters subsequently became GSO1 the Chief of Staff of Indian 19th Infantry Division, which was heavily involved in the later stages of the Burma Campaign, until the end of the war. American Literary Guild ‘s Book of the Month on publication. Bright copy of the the author’s first book, the first of his novels set in nineteenth-century India and first published in At the brutal peak of High Summer,runners visit villages under cover of night with cryptic messages.

This copy has a superb wrap-around dust jacket by Patrick Gierth. Used book in very good condition. The business was not a success and, to make ends meet, he decided to write of his experiences in the army. Unsourced material may be challenged and nightrunhers. Wonderful historical fiction told in the classic style, woven with threads of truth about man, men, fraternal love, lust, philanthropia, and ethnocentric ignorance.

With this re-reading of the book I find myself more critical of the British in India and favor the “rightness” of India Home Rule. All overseas shipping is via Airmail. The central character, Captain Rodney Savage, is an officer in a Bengal Native Infantry regiment, stationed in the fictional city of Bhowani which is in about the same location as the real city of Jhansi [1] [2].