[PDF] The Mutiny by Julian Rathbone

The MutinyGions of India racism and the British owned East

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Company s of annexing and from the British owned East India Company s habit of annexing and from Rajas when the company wanted itFrom the moment his recreation of the Rebellion begins Rathbone makes the most of the *historical political racial religious and cultural elements available to him to construct an epic He doesn t populate *political racial religious and cultural elements available to him to construct an epic He doesn t populate story with the usual historical walk ons nor does he stray from the actual timeline of the major events of the Rebellion but within these parameters Rathbone has plenty of room to develop plotlines and characters that are good bad and human As the stories expand and intertwine Rathbone successfully balances our sympathy and outrage within this ambitious novelThe Mutiny is old fashioned storytelling but that doesn t mean that the story is old fashioned In this novel the view is broad the action is intimate and the writing is elegan. Rathbone's tale is told on a grand scale ranging from the Cannings in Government House to the heroism of the humblest soldiers and peasants It is as exhilarating as any Victorian adventure story and yet with its unflinching examination of religious fanaticism and the horrors of war THE MUTINY also carries a powerful message for the modern world. The mutiny in India in the 1800 s I felt that although the the writing style was easy to follow some characters were always on the periphery and just when you thought you d find out the story took a dif The Mutiny by Julian Rathbone is about 460 pages and the Indian Rebellion the story took a dif The Mutiny by Julian Rathbone is about 460 pages and the Indian Rebellion 1857 Both of those things make me happy For me chubby books are cheesecake evel temptation and stories set in India are always to be scooped up The British Army enlisted thousands of Indians as soldiers or sepoys as the Europeans called them and was reliant on these sepoys as the Europeans called them and was reliant on these to help govern the huge country If the civilian colonists thought about the natives at all it was as master and servant and not in a pretty Masterpiece Theater way By 1857 this dynamic had been business as usual for decades Add to this oppression unfair taxes on Indians the attitudes of the authorities concerning the reli. P against their British officers Thus begins the most savage episode in our imperial history Caught up in the violence is pretty Sophie Hardcastle a young wife and mother newly arrived from England As she searches for her infant son missing in the chaos Sophie finds herself bearing witness to atrocities on both sidesMoving sombre and thrilling.

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A good drama although it could have done with character development on the Indian side and without the odd attempt to rehabilitate the British empire in just two paragraphs in the postscript Found this disappointingly dull after enjoying Kings of Albion Dozens of characters both Indian and European are followed through the period from 1854 culminating in the critical years of 1857 58 during the Indian Mutiny If anyone is central it is Sophie Hardcastle a young Army Officer s wife but the andscape military figures and the savage fighting and atrocities of both sides up to the climactic siege of Delhi are the real Core The Even Handed Authorial The even handed authorial often provides the historical context in a riveting and moving read managing to personalise the brutal conflict 35 stars for me It was an easy read about a subject i wasn t really aware of and i came away knowing about. For its British population the India that swelters in the ate spring of 1857 is a place of amateur theatricals horseracing and flirtations under the aegis of the omnipotent East India company But a brutal awakening ies in store for the complacent British one May night after thirty years of abuse the East India Company's native soldiers rise ,

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