All GA Henty books are great, and With Clive in India is no exception. This awesome book is action packed and is a perfect read for adventure-loving kids like me. It is a slightly longer book, but nonetheless it is just as good as a movie.
The book starts off slow, but quickly speeds up as he gets sucked into the many battles. The plot is generally exciting and quick. At its core the plot is about Charlie Marryat, a young man who goes to India as a clerk for the British East India Company, is sucked into the army, and reveals his excellent leadership qualities there. His incredible leadership and foresight gain him massive recognition and rank in the army, and he quickly is considered the second best general in the army, under the one and only Clive. Set in India in the early 1800s, the climate and position force him to accommodate, so he gains in respects that fit the setting. The author, G.A. Henty, manages to fit all this in an active plot line, while only using third person. Sometimes Henty describes the character in the middle of a battle, betraying no feelings at all through third person, yet with a vivid imagination it is easy to come up with many possible things that the character is thinking. Charlie Marryat’s journey is well documented in this excellent book.
My thoughts on the book are all good. The book is great, it catches the reader and keeps them reading for a good while. It allows the reader to, as Billy Joel put it, “Forget life for a while.” The descriptive scenes can be imagined as though it was a really long movie, which is what I do when I read. My favorite parts were the battle scenes; they are action packed and fast paced, my type of reading. There was nothing I really disliked about the book, except the slow start. I don’t think Henty had any particular purpose in mind as he wrote With Clive in India other than to entertain the reader, and he does exactly that. He engulfs the reader in the book, and makes them want more on the book, but never really says that he wants to entertain – I just pull it from reading the book itself. I would highly recommend this excellent book.
Though I would like to say more on the book, that would be a spoiler, and nobody likes spoilers. All in all, I highly recommend this book and would read it over and over again myself if it didn’t get boring after so many times reading it.