At the Age for Love: A Novel of Bangalore During World War Ii

AuthorHouse, 2006 M01 30 - 352 páginas
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At the Age for Love--A novel of Bangalore during World War II, is an extraordinary story of a soldier''s family waiting for his safe return from the Africa Front where he serves with a British tank unit pressing hard against the Germans in the desert of Libya. The chronicle begins with the soldier, Capt. Edward Thompson, saying goodbye to his wife Amelia and son Paddy and ends with his return at the end of the war. The story, narrated in incredible detail, tells how the boy and his mother with their relatives and friends live in this hectic military city in South India, where those who stay behind are swept along into the rushing, wild stream of British history in India during a time of war. The lives of these women--and their children--provide a bold story of Anglo-India in this multihued Indian landscape where rogues and villains and the honest, hard-working, church-going, form relationships in this bold saga as men and women cross family and racial boundaries in their search for love. The city of Bangalore with its cluster of towns around British army barracks comes alive with memorable characters and this novel follows their tense and gripping relationships. The ending, where these fun-loving characters come together in a frail boat on the peaceful Cauvery River at Seringapatnam near sunset, has much to say about life and the human mystery and the vision it offers us as we live in a changing world.

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Página v - I passed by you again and looked upon you, behold, you were at the age for love; and I spread my skirt over you, and covered your nakedness: yea, I plighted my troth to you and entered into a covenant with you, says the Lord God, and you became mine.

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Reginald N. Shires, a clergyman, was born in Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka state in South India. He studied at Clarence High School in Bangalore and went to Spicer College near Pune. He completed his graduate studies in journalism at Pennsylvania State University in the U.S.A. He also studied theology at the seminary at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. He is the author of The Leopard''s Call: An Anglo-Indian Love Story, a non-fiction book of family life at Falakata, a small town on the grasslands of Jalpaiguri District, West Bengal, India. His fiction, "The Day Ernie-Boy Retired," a story of one day in the life of a working man in Bangalore, appears in Voices on the Verandah. He now lives with his wife Norma D''Sena Shires in Maryland in the U.S.A., just a few miles from Washington, D.C., the nation''s capital. At the Age for Love--A novel of Bangalore during World War II is his first novel.

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