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The Blood Seed; A Novel of India

The Blood Seed; A Novel of India

by Andrew Ward

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Elements of the picaresque are present in this entertaining first-person narrative set in 19th-century India. Born in northern India after the 1857 Sepoy uprising, Balbeer Rao first lives with his widowed mother. He is told nothing about his father. Balbeer's anxiety and fear about learning his father's identity run through all his adventures. After a sojourn in a British missionary orphanage, Balbeer spends his early adolescence in a farming village. Later, he is an initiate into a bandit sect, a pilgrim, and a resident at the court of his mother's family. Rich in detail, conveying the sights and sounds of many aspects of Indian culture, this novel is reminscent of those by Stewart and Renault about young men in other settings. Ward has built upon his experience as a youth in India and return visits, as well as extensive research. A helpful glossary is included. Highly recommended. Ellen Kaye Stoppel, Drake Univ. Law Lib., Des Moines

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