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Read online Hussein: An Entertainment.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Hussein: An Entertainment 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 more 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 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 em Hussein em escapes and his 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 by Patrick O'Brian

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Hussein: An Entertainment
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Number of Pages:240
Category:fiction, historical-fiction
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