Farthest Field. An Indian Story Of The Second World War

Karnad Raghu

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Cover Type: Hardcover
Book Condition: As New
Jacket Condition: As New
Publisher: William Collins
Publisher Place: London
Publisher Year: 2015
Edition: First Edition

Description: 300 pages. Book and Jacket appear to have hardly been read and are both in As new condition throughout.

Publishers Description: A brilliantly conceived nonfiction epic, a war narrated through the lives and deaths of a single family.The photographs of three young men had stood in his grandmothers house for as long as he could remember, beheld but never fully noticed. They had all fought in the Second World War, a fact that surprised him. Indians had never figured in his idea of the war, nor the war in his idea of India. One of them, Bobby, even looked a bit like him, but Raghu Karnad had not noticed until he was the same age as they were in their photo frames. Then he learned about the Parsi boy from the sleepy south Indian coast, so eager to follow his brothers-in-law into the colonial forces and onto the front line. Manek, dashing and confident, was a pilot with Indias fledgling air force; gentle Ganny became an army doctor in the arid North-West Frontier. Bobbys pursuit would carry him as far as the deserts of Iraq and the green hell of the Burma battlefront.The years 1939“45 might be the most revered, deplored, and replayed in modern history. Yet Indias extraordinary role has been concealed, from itself and from the world. In riveting prose, Karnad retrieves the story of a single family•a story of love, rebellion, loyalty, and uncertainty•and with it, the greater revelation that is Indias Second World War.Farthest Field narrates the lost epic of Indias war, in which the largest volunteer army in history fought for the British Empire, even as its countrymen fought to be free of it. It carries us from Madras to Peshawar, Egypt to Burma•unfolding the saga of a young family amazed by their swiftly changing world and swept up in its violence. 5 illustrations

ISBN: 9780008115722


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