**spoiler alert** Interesting look at the Indian Mutiny through the eyes of the Raj. The book starts in 1856, in the fictional cantonment of Bhowani i...more**spoiler alert** Interesting look at the Indian Mutiny through the eyes of the Raj. The book starts in 1856, in the fictional cantonment of Bhowani in Bengal India.
The POV is Rodney Savage. He is a Captain of the 13th Rifles, Bengal Native Infantry. He is the leader of the Indian Sepoys, who make up the rank and file. He has spent years with them, and has respect and affection for them, though he believes in British superiority. His world is destroyed when he has to face that these same men want to kill him, and do kill other British.
Rodney muses on the narrow and repressed life they must lead as Victorians. He blames it on Albert, and longs for the easier (socially) days of his father and grandfather.
The book also brings up one of the secrets of the Raj, that those of middle and lower class were accorded 'Upper Class' status (grudgingly) in India because they were British and white. That group of people never wanted to go home, where they would return to their former lower-order life. In India they had servants, large houses, power and prestige.
The country is divided into different British zones, with some princely states (they are dependent on the British to survive). Savage visits the Rani of Kishanpur, after her husband is killed. He spends time in the princely state and interacts with Indians who are technically their own masters.
This book is 3rd book (Story Order) in the Savage Family series.
The majority of the book looks at life in the cantonment, how the various Brits interact with each other and with the Indians all around them as soldiers and servants. There are British men, women and children, a whole mini social structure.
Masters shows how they are beset by the little things, and miss or don't care about the important things. He also explores how the East India Company (which ran India), with remote businessmen make decisions that drive the Sepoys and their officers apart.
About 2/3 of the way through the mutiny happens and the pace picks up. There is very little of the aftermath in the book.
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.(less)
This is the 3rd book in the Adrian Mole series, about a hapless teen in the UK in the 80s. He writes a series of letters and diaries that are often ve...moreThis is the 3rd book in the Adrian Mole series, about a hapless teen in the UK in the 80s. He writes a series of letters and diaries that are often very funny. This book wasn't. The Adrian Mole part was very short, not book length at all, and really covered nothing new in Adrian's journey through life.
I just got it from a Book Mooch, because I wanted to complete the series.
The book also has diary entries from the author Sue Townsend, and from someone called Margaret Hilda Roberts, which appears to be the demented childhood of Margaret Thatcher, to actually make 117 pages.(less)
**spoiler alert** Very Interesting book told from the POV of a 15 year old Autistic boy. He is very bright and thoughtful, and struggles to deal with...more**spoiler alert** Very Interesting book told from the POV of a 15 year old Autistic boy. He is very bright and thoughtful, and struggles to deal with and understand humans and their actions.
He has issues with color, textures, too much of anything too fast, emotions, strangers and expressing emotion, specifically touching. Yet he also has strengths math, science, and logic. He has a good heart and he knows his deficits and tries to fit in and not cause problems, when he is given time and space.
He also has grown and can reflect back on when he was less able to fit it. He has dreams and aspirations for the future.
The story starts with the murder of a neighborhood dog, and progresses to the unraveling of his comfy life, which turns out to be a lie. He struggles to come to terms with the imperfections of humanity, since he prefers the neat world of math and science.
It was a fun read, and quite gripping. It was sad to leave him at the end, even though it is a short book it was emotionally wrenching.(less)