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  • Paperback
  • 240
  • Hussein An Entertainment
  • Patrick OBrian
  • English
  • 16 January 2019
  • 9780393321814

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 seaf

  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 and place the author b

  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 o

  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 carrying

  5. says:

    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

  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 and moves uickly The stories are great fun

  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 late

  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 stories is classic Arabian nights 'Great game' conspiracies got abit convoluted towards the las

  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 a

  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

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Patrick OBrian ☆ 8 CHARACTERS

Hussein An Entertainment

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. 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 stories is classic Arabian nights Great game conspiracies got abit convoluted towards the last bits Would ve worked better as a children s storybook with lots of pictures

CHARACTERS Ó eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Patrick OBrian

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. 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 is subtitled an entertainment but not yet the product of a master Hussein is highly recommended for Patrick O Brian fans For a first time exposure to his work or for young adult audience it is a better than average read The story has a number of exciting turns reverses and complexities but the style can be too dryPatrick O Brian is best known for his much later AubreyMaturin adventure novels These are books about life in Nelson s Navy After O Brian s death it would come out that almost everything his fans had been told about him was not true His name Irish heritage and experience of life at sea all of this was not true None of this became a scandal because of his ability to immerse his readers in an authentic feeling historic period and he telling has withstood challenges to its essential validityHussein is listed as his first published novel Here he is writing about a world that existed in fact and one wherein he had no first hand knowledge His lead character is a young Muslim elephant mahout He is slightly educated than most of his fellows and the adventures he will face will test his abilities to learn and excel in skills including snake charmer cheetah trainer story teller and farmer He will live by wits than morality As is classic in these kinds of stories his goal is wealth and the hand of his belovedHussein will live adventures similar to the famous stories of the Arabian nights but with no occasion for djinns or magic lamps There are fakirs aged hermits and other people believed to have magical skills but the reader is not reuired to believe along with the superstitious characters in the stories This results in novel that includes a richer variety of characters and therefore a believable environmentAlso missing is the elaborate and often exaggerated lavishness of the 1001 Nights story cycle At times I felt that O Brian was writing something like the 1001 Nights as told by Hemmingway The result is that the narrative while engaging and charming can be somewhat sparse and flat How much of this is due to the undeveloped state of the author s skills and how much was a deliberate effort to pare down the style is not known

REVIEW Hussein An Entertainment

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


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