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House of Hatred by Victor Bayley
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This book demonstrated to me once again why I dislike spy fiction so much. The generalizations are appalling. The Germans are stupid and brutal; the Russians are cunning but inefficient; the Anglo-Indians are nothing but 'chee-chee'...such sentiments are repeated ad nauseam thru out the novel. At one point, the Russians and the Germans are accused of dreaming of world-domination. Did the writer feel no irony while writing it as the English were ruling over more than half of the globe at that time?

So why am I giving it two stars rather than one? It is because of the writer's (Bayley was the engineer who was assigned the task of laying down the Broad-Gauge line thru the Khyber) knowledge and description of Peshawar and the great wastes of snow that lie north of the sub-continent. I am intrigued by this mysterious heart of Asia.

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First Line: I always entered the office of Peabody and Peabody with a sense of expectation.
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Reading Progress

January 16, 2019 – Shelved
January 16, 2019 – Shelved as: 1940s
January 16, 2019 – Shelved as: back-to-classics-2019
January 16, 2019 – Shelved as: birth-year-reading-challenge-2019
January 16, 2019 – Shelved as: brit-lit
January 16, 2019 – Shelved as: history
January 16, 2019 – Shelved as: libraries
January 16, 2019 – Shelved as: mysteries
January 16, 2019 – Shelved as: new-authors-19
January 16, 2019 – Shelved as: reads-19
January 16, 2019 – Shelved as: vintage-mystery
January 16, 2019 – Shelved as: literature-of-the-sub-continent
January 16, 2019 – Shelved as: travelogue
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