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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I thought the writing was a bit stiff, not sure if Masters was trying to be Victorian, or if it is because it is the first book in the series published. 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. The book cover edges have minor wear, covers and spine have light soiling, endapapers and foredges have light smoke damage.

The best novel on the rebellion I’ve read.

Nightrunners Of Bengal by Masters, John

I may be accused in cherrypicking the quotes that best serve my own line of argument, and in all honesty, Rodney’s views will be tempered towards the end of the novel, but I can’t help positioning myself in this conflict on the side of the underdog, and this underdog is definitely not the smug, autocratic Brit officer. While the first half of the book is gripping and wonderfully put together to create many wholesome, imperfect but sympathetic characters, it is the change from white women in petticoats playing crochet to sepoys murderi Nightrunners of Bengal has its immersive world as its true protagonist and its main focus is the emotional turmoil of the main character.

How would you like to be ruled nighttunners home by an Indian Company of merchant-adventurers? Nov 08, Sonal Panse rated it it was amazing. Benfal up to receive offers and updates: Mawters look at the Indian Mutiny through the eyes of the Raj.

Piroo, an ex-Thug who was one of William’s band in The Deceivers also appears in this jogn. Masters says in an author’s note that his objective was to “make the fictional whole present a true perspective of fact – the facts of the environment, circumstance and emotion.


May 08, Corto rated it it was amazing. In between dealing with his own social climber wife, corrupt political officers and saving the Rani’s life during a tiger hunt, Rodney begins to gather intelligence about mysterious messages passed from village to village in the night, illegal arms smuggling, secret meetings, prophecies of doom from a ebngal man and general unrest among his soldiers and the general population.

Nightrunners of Bengal

This is at least the third time I’ve read this book. Briefly, Captain Rodney Savage is an officer in a Native regiment in Bhowani – an imaginary town bordering Kishanpur, a still independent Indian uohn. Masters shows how they are beset by the little things, and miss or don’t care about the important things. This page was last edited on 7 Novemberat Indians call this madters The First War of Independence and it’s these two starkly different perspectives, occupier and occupied, that I have tried to convey in The Jasmine Sari, albeit through the less obviously visible “occupation” of the developing world by global busines I loved this book.

The incident was soon used by dissidents to fire up the troops, who soon began an organized and systematic killing of mastdrs English whites in the various cantonments.

Kill or be hanged! Masters writes of a brutal time with atrocities committed on both sides.

Masters, who rose to the rank of colonel in the British Indian Army, has sympathy for both sides, though he recognizes the Company’s distance from the people of India. He has spent years with them, and has respect and affection for them, though he believes in British superiority. There is very little of the aftermath in the book. Wonderful historical fiction told in the classic style, woven with threads of truth about man, men, fraternal love, lust, philanthropia, and ethnocentric ignorance.

Masters was the son of a lieutenant-colonel whose family had a long tradition of service in the Indian Army. nivhtrunners

Nightrunners of Bengal by John Masters

Trivia About Nightrunners of B Savage is a captain over sepoys and finds himself right in the middle of the uprising. Log-in or create an account first! However, it was made the American Literary Guild ‘s Book of the Month on publication, and was widely sold. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


Aug 12, Brian rated it really liked it. Binding is firm with light soiling and foxing to the covers. This article needs additional citations for verification.

Aug 05, Helen rated it liked it. Masters knows the country intimately benngal. It set out at sunset from every place where sepoys were stationed; it traveled in every direction; and before the morning of Sunday, May 10,it had cro Page I found myself searching the the internet for the history of the Sepoy Rebellion of Indians call this event The First War of Independence and it’s these two starkly different perspectives, occupier and occupied, that I have tried to convey in The Jasmine Sari, albeit through the less obviously visible “occupation” of the developing world by global businesses.

It began as a revolt against the Company’s officials and military leaders, but spread almost immediately to include the dependents and hangers-on of those first targets.

Contains jphn markings such as highlighting and writing. Spine is tanned with moderate edge wear and tear. What makes Biblio nihtrunners This caused a small scandal at the time. Here he met the wife of a fellow officer and began an affair. Overall though I enjoyed it enough to read his others soon. Discolouration to page edges. Savage escapes the massacre along with his infant son and an English woman, Caroline Langford.

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