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Pick Up Your Parrots and Monkeys: The Life of Boy Soldier in India

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Enlisted as a 'boy soldier', William Pennington served in the 1930s when the British Army in India was little changed from that described by Kipling. Pennington's description of army life in the last days of the Raj is followed by an account of his experiences in the Burma campaign.
Paperback, 420 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Phoenix (first published October 1st 2003)
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Jbondandrews
Nov 16, 2015 Jbondandrews rated it did not like it
I did think that the young man in question might be different from the main soldier but no he was just as bad. He seemed to think he should have the same outlook as everyone else and barely tried to see things from another perspective. No wonder the Indians wanted the British out of the country. All the soldiers could do was swear and call the inhabitants any sort of names. I think my family was possibly a rare exception, that they married into the populace and stayed until the third and in some ...more
Patrick
A real disappointment. There are about 100 pages about his life and 250 pages of a general history of WW2.
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This is an eye-witness account of the closing days of the Raj. It is written in a self-deprecating style that just draws you in. It also has one of the best titles for a book ever.
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Shelves: read-biography
A fun memoir of British Colonial India in the 1930s. No politics, just nostalgia.
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