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In the Shade of the Shamiana

by James Sinclair

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Mr. Sinclair, having been born in India during the time the last Raj had ruled the country, adds his own personal experience into the writing of this book.

Enough though everyone, Hindus and Muslims alike, had been living in peace regardless of their ethnicity; the possibility of a home rule was on the rise initiated insurrections and hostilities amongst the masses. And it’s in this environment that the story’s protagonist, Jamie, finds himself in a new world; a world which he’s unaccustomed to living in, a world which is strange yet fraught with chaos and tests.

India, during this time [1940s] had been a world where class differences was the rule and biases proliferated the landscape, even though the British had bestowed upon the mixed-race groups, its freedoms and safeguards, under a “massive metaphoric tent” known has a Shamiana.

And to use the words of the author’s description of his book the times were changing, and young Jamie Donaldson finds his world turned upside-down when his school, Fernhill, closes down without warning. His mixed-race mother, Lydia, is discontented in her marriage and misses the big city, and ends up making decisions that will forever change her son’s life. Howard, the patriarch of the family, has secrets that could tear the family apart.

As I’d mentioned above, the author’s presence during this period adds a certain authenticity to the storyline, especially with its dialogue and descriptions. The author doesn’t hold back on the language he uses when it came to certain scenes, so be warned. The story deals with what happened when the Shamiana the peoples of India had grown used to living on gets obliterated when the British releases their rule over India.

For having given me and his readers a historical fictionalized reading experience regarding this pivotal time in the history of India, I’m pleased to give Mr. Sinclair and this book 5 STARS.

NOTE: The author has used British phraseology in the writing of this book. ( )
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