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Of this early work published when he was in his early twenties Patrick O'Brian writes in a foreword In the writing Hussein An PDFEPUB or 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 hand. A rather realistic version of Kipling s Kim the narrative follows a young 19th Century Indian named Hussein and his uest to marry the woman he loves And while that sounds very romantic the story and character are than slightly jaded by the protagonist s willingness to commit murder but living in the reality of the time and place the author brings to life warts and all the Indian subcontinent at the time the British were slowly consolidating their hold on it From an author best known for his characters of Aubry and Maturin this was an early and uite different literary effort but inevitably an enjoyable one told I read in the form given by an Indian story teller in which judgement is to be suspended and the tale to be accepted as just life happening as it always does While it didn t have the depth of the author s later works it still had that texture that makes all of O Brian s books such a pleasure to read

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Adventures 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 story.. Patrick O Brian s Aubrey series has been on my to read list for over a decade I have been in a mood to switch genres lately and now I can t wait to get started Of course the first book of the series was not at the library last time I was there so I picked up Hussein This is the first Patrick O Brian book I have ever read It is the first book O Brian ever wrote I have learned that it is not fair for me to judge an author by their first book I believe I have nixed some able authors from my list over disappointment in their first book That is not the case with O Brian as I am still very much compelled to read Master and CommanderI m in a bit of a turmoil about Hussein My favorite part of the book was this line in the one page foreword written by Patrick O Brian in 1999 the year before his death in the writing of the book I learnt the rudiments of my calling but infinitely than that it opened a well of joy that has not yet run dry It all started here for O Brian He explains that this began as short fiction for an Oxford University annual but was received with such enthusiasm and support for expansion that he lengthened it into a novel an entertainment I appreciate that O Brian acknowledged his limitation and attempted to dissuade readers from taking this work too seriously by calling it an entertainment not to be construed as a representation of the people and culture of India a country that he had never visited at the time he wrote this book But then that was my problem with the bookThere is nothing wrong with this story It is entertaining and well written Had I been able to suspend the idea that this was a yarn written by an untraveled Brit in 1938 when England ruled India this could have in fact been a tale on which I could have been carried away Unfortunately I was not able to suspend the nagging thought that this story lacked legitimacy and as a result I had the most egregious experience that reading fiction is a waste of timeI am thrilled that O Brian found his calling when he wrote this book As the story rolled out I was inspired by the discovery of the new author spinning Hussein s tale If only I could find that calling myself

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Ler his childhood 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. A fun taleHussein is a fun read by the masterly author of the AubreyMaturing series It is not the highest literature but it shows early traces of the charming language that O Brian will use in his famous novels


10 thoughts on “Hussein An Entertainment

  1. says:

    Bottom Line First Hussein is a first novel by a soon to be master story tellerPatrick O' Brian not his real name would become famous for seafaring historical adventures a world wherein he had no first person experience In Hussein he builds an adventure story around a Muslim mahout surviving in the British Raj O'Brian had no first hand knowledge of any aspect of this world The result is believable and entertaining it i

  2. says:

    A rather realistic version of Kipling's Kim the narrative follows a young 19th Century Indian named Hussein and his uest to marry the woman he loves And while that sounds very romantic the story and character are than slightly jaded by the protagonist's willingness to commit murder but living in the reality of the time

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    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 c

  5. says:

    A fun taleHussein is a fun read by the masterly author of the AubreyMaturing series It is not the highest literat

  6. says:

    What an adventure The first half is almost a collection of short stories with the same main character but the second half is linked

  7. says:

    Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey series has been on my to read list for over a decade I have been in a mood to switch genres lately and now I can't wait to get started Of course the first book of the series was not at the library last time I

  8. says:

    A rags to riches fairy tale set during the British Raj about a mahout who gets the girl in the end after a grand series of adventures most of which are somewhat incredulous where suspension of disbelief is reuired Stories within sto

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    A charming tale with lots of exotic flavor O'Brian's descriptions of animals especially the elephant Jehangir are marvelous but his characters are pretty flat Still I'm happy I found this very early work by one of the world's greatest historical fiction writers

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