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eBook formatPaperback, (torrent)En
PublisherNaval & Military Press
File size4.4 Mb
Release date 02.04.2003
Pages count312
Book rating4.56 (14 votes)
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After reading a couple of John Masters books I was starting to develop a romantic image of the British Raj...This book, solved that problem, so to speak.

This is a candid account by a Private in the Royal Welch Fusiliers about his service in India from about 1900-1909. (I don't have the book in front of me to check the exact dates.)

Interestingly enough, this memoir was shepherded into existence by renowned historical novelist Robert Graves ("I, Claudius", "Goodbye to All of That") who was Richards' officer in WWI.

This memoir does not lack for the "exoticism of the East", but is also written with the casual racism and contempt for Indians, of the day. Modern readers might find it difficult to get through. Having said that, I have read much, much worse.(Try "Black Bagdad" by John H. Craige).

Richards book is a long string of anecdotes- barrack room stories, character studies, shaggy dog stories, etc. Given that Graves gave it his stamp of approval, it probably accurately describes duty in a difficult, dangerous and strange land.

If you're into Burmese history, there's also a chapter or two about Richards' temporary duty in "Burmah".

Fascinating stuff, but if you have gauzy, romantic images of British India, this will take the bloom off the rose. It's gritty.

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