On the Irrawaddy

On the Irrawaddy The British Waged Three Costly Wars Against The Burmese Empire During The Th Century The Costly Wars Took The Lives Of Over , British And Indian Soldiers When The Final War Ended In , Great Britain Controlled All Of Northeastern India And Burma In This Book A Young Man By The Name Of Stanley Finds Himself Involved In The Events Swirling Around The First Burmese War Join Stanley As He Finds His Fortune During A Tempestuous Time In G A Henty S On The Irawaddy A Story Of The First Burmese Wars Set In Early Nineteenth Century India And Burma, This Book Includes Geographical, Historical, And Explanatory Footnotes To Aid The Modern Reader I haven t read any Henty for a long, long time, and this was a real pleasure It s set in an unusual period and location, which appealed to both the historian and the wargamer in me Of course it s a load of jingoistic tosh, but it s an exciting adventure, loaded with historical details and local color It s a little rushed in places by modern standards, but on the other hand it keeps moving It s hard to remember that this was written as a children s book Victorian kids clearly had a much wider vocabulary and greater attention span than modern teenagers. Oh no No no no This was painful Pompous, boring, racist and wooden When I saw that the characters, Burmese or British, were speaking in the same way, I just gave up and skimmed through it so fast that By the way, it had maybe one woman at the beginning, and then she was promptly kicked out of the narrative And she was white Yawn. First Burmese War In my ignorance I didn t know there was one, let alone several This is my first novel by Henty and it won t be my last One the downside the characterisation is lousy, virtually non existent and there are, of course, the attitudes are somewhat old fashioned certainly not a book to be recommended for young readers today The structure is clumsy A vaguely outlined family saga, a couple of deeds of derring do one described in some detail and a rather dry account of the campaign And yet, for all the negatives, there is a certain charm in the straightforward storytelling about straightforward people about a historical campaign that makes only the footnotes of the history books Overall, for all the downsides, stirring stuff Just right for a Victorian schoolboy.

George Alfred Henty, better known as G.A Henty, began his storytelling career with his own children After dinner, he would spend and hour or two in telling them a story that would continue the next day Some stories took weeks A friend was present one day and watched the spell bound reaction of his children suggesting Henty write down his stories so others could enjoy them He did Henty wrote

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  • On the Irrawaddy
  • G.A. Henty
  • English
  • 26 August 2018

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