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Indeed, in his afterword, he says he consulted nearly sixty books, preeminent among them being . Basham's 'The wonder that was India'. Ah! No wonder many of the detailed descriptions of rituals and ceremonies seemed so familiar to me; they are lifted straight from Basham's work. For instance, he depicts all the women characters as not wearing any upper garment at all.
She wants him to sell her the rare and fragile Chinese silk known as Golden Fire; there's none to be found, but the two fall in love. After years, he finds it, and sends a bolt to Dhruvadevi, who joins him when he returns to India, and tells him of his true heritage.
Historical - General, Non-Classifiable, History, Fiction - Historical, India, Fiction. Toronto ; New York : Bantam Books.
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Jonathan Fast has done a careful job of recreating this colorful age; his book is full of rich, sensuous detail and colorful imagery. He is a little too fond of hyperbole, but such exaggerations can be forgiven in such a wealth of pageantry. What can't be overlooked, however, are his synthetic characters and simplistic plotting.
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1986) A novel by Jonathan Fast. Publisher's Weekly Set in fourth century India, Fast's novel about subterfuge, thwarted romance and royal schemers depicts actual historical figures. Villainous Prince Rama, son of bombastic King Samudra Gupta, rues the fact that his harelip may prevent him from becoming India's sovereign after Samudra's death.