Shadow of the Moon

Shadow of the Moon

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Pivots around the Indian Mutiny of 1857. As Indian soldiers in the Bengal army of the British East India Company rise against their British rulers and the mutiny quickly spreads throughout British ruled India. Against this background, the fate of a beautiful, young, Anglo-Spanish heiress with the improbable name of Winter Ballasteros and that of Captain Alex Randall, a commissioned officer with the East India Company, are irrevocably intertwined.
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2011, 1979
Edition: Rev. ed
Description: 614 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780241953037
Branch Call Number: Kaye


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Mar 30, 2011

A great read for fans of Kaye's more famous "The Far Pavilions." Less sweeping in nature, Shadow of the Moon is perhaps more evenly paced, and as in Pavilions, Kaye employs a mixture of romance, adventure, and history. Kaye was born in India and has a real love for the country and its people, but is also a product of her time, and her trumpeting of British imperial righteousness will sound false to modern readers. As a student of post-colonial history, I found this annoying, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of this page-turning romance-adventure. Enjoy it for what it is- romanticism based on the memoirs of a daughter of colonists, and a wonderfully good read full of danger, passion, and heroism.

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