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KUMARI by William Buchan



Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1955
Publisher: Morrow

Bombay, India, and beyond- through the '30's and '40's charts the uncertain political metabolism of these years, the rejection of the Western World, the displacement of the entrenched English colonials. This pattern of change- not without violence- is told through the story of Armin Wensley who, after Civil Service, went to work for an old British importing firm and his friend- its youngest scion- Henry Greenwood, who shared with Wensley the vision of a modern India, put it into practice with his adoption of Kumari, the young Indian princess he intended to marry. The years pass and Kumari attains an extraordinary grace to which Wensley is not immune; but Henry breaks away and reverts to the role of Burra Sahib, is indifferent to the threats of the agitator Gupta. These have their angry fulfillment when the palace is sacked- and Kumari vanishes, leaving Wensley with the memory which is to rack and haunt him through the years....A first novel, there are some telltale indications, but the romanticism of this country- of Wensley and Kumari- is pervasive and persuasive.