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Hussein An Entertainment review ´ 3 Of this early work published when he was in his early twenties Patrick O'Brian writes in a foreword In the writing of the book I learnt the rudiments of my calling but than that it opened a well of joy that has not yet run dry The story is about a young mahout or elephant handler his childh. Sort of convoluted and the hero might have been sympathetic if he didn t keep accidentally killing people Well when you re beating the crap out of them and they die it s not entirely an accident The elephant was pretty cool

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Hussein An Entertainment review ´ 3 Ood and life in India and his relationship and adventures with elephants As a boy Hussein falls in love with a beautiful and elusive girl Sashiya and arranges for another of her suitors to be murdered with a fakir's curse The dead man's relatives vow vengeance Hussein escapes and his advent. I can t say I know how I came to possess this book A bout of illness while sheltering at home brought it into my lap after carrying it for years being a great fan of O Brian s writing Having recently finished reading or listening to the Aubriad I was sorry to have to set aside his wonderful work and Hussein seemed like just the thing to scratch the itch without just starting the whole series over again I have known good friends to do so as many as eight times I am not ready to make that kind of commitment given the many books I yet long to read But let me be clear a life spent exclusively with O Brian would not be such a bad life I continue to be surprised by the uantity and variety of writing this wonder worker produced in his lifetimeI devoured Hussein in a single fevered day unable to put it down despite my fatigue and other sources of physical discomfort It has been a long time since a book was able to capture my attention in this way I should have written a review immediately upon completing it as I have since devoured several books and its original effect is now lost What remains is O Brian s ability to conjure an imaginative experience and a delight that feeds and strengthens the imagination in its most wide ranging formEver since Caitrin Keiper s essay Do Elephants Have Souls prompted me to read the classic The Dynasty of Abu I have retained a remote mostly literary fascination with the elephant and of course a novel like this only intensifies that gratifying secondhand curiosity Hussein is possessed of the gifts of the born mahout and the large part of his adventures are sustained even driven by the character of Jehangir a bull elephant that is as wily and wise as any Hindu fakir and far less easily moved by coin Literary types are interested in seeing this early novel as a point along the line of O Brian s development as a novelist and I m sure it can offer them sights of interest many of the same tropes of espionage wild chases storming a redoubt against all odds and mighty windfalls of gold are all present here to great effect So too O Brian interjects a number of great stories that Hussein or others tell to their gathered audience creating interludes with a similar effect to the lore of El ahrairah in another great British story that of Watership Down In fact this novel strikes me as a uniue blend of the easy globetrotting of Kipling and the mysterious faerie like uality of Roald Dahl s short stories especially The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six MoreThis little known novel will soon be a staple coming of age gift to the young souls I know I heartily recommend it to all in search of a worthy story to fill these times of enforced malaise Banned in Britain relationship and adventures with elephants As a boy Hussein falls in love with a beautiful and elusive girl Sashiya and arranges for another of her suitors to be murdered with a fakir's curse The dead man's Hour of the Beast relatives vow vengeance Hussein escapes and his advent. 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Hussein An Entertainment review ´ 3 Ures begin snake charming sword fighting spying stealing a fortune and returning triumphantly to claim his bride All of this is set against an evocatively exotic India full of bazaars temples and beautiful women despite the fact that O'Brian had never been to the East when he wrote the stor. This book wasn t bad but it just didn t have the same appeal as OBrian s other books It was his first novel and was written nearly 80 years ago This was before independence when IndiaPakistan were still part of the British Empire Further in the introduction OBrian says that when this was written he had never been to India The result doesn t exactly feel dated but it does feel like an old somewhat simplistic view of the world

  • Paperback
  • 240
  • Hussein An Entertainment
  • Patrick OBrian
  • English
  • 18 February 2017
  • 9780393321814