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Rujub, the Juggler   By: (1832-1902)

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Rujub, the Juggler by George Alfred Henty is a captivating historical adventure that takes readers on a journey through 19th century India. Set against the backdrop of the Indian Rebellion of 1857, the story follows the life of Rujub, a talented Indian juggler and magician.

Henty’s vivid storytelling immediately immerses readers in the rich and diverse culture of India. From bustling marketplaces to opulent palaces, the author paints a vivid picture of the setting, capturing the vibrant atmosphere and nuances of the time. The descriptions are so detailed that one can almost taste the spices in the air and feel the heat of the sun on the characters' skin.

One of the strengths of this novel lies in the character development. Rujub himself is a complex and likable protagonist. His skills as a juggler and magician provide a unique lens through which readers can explore the depths of his cunning and resourcefulness. Rujub's quick thinking and street smarts enable him to navigate treacherous situations and outwit his enemies.

The historical backdrop of the Indian Rebellion adds depth and complexity to the story. Henty seamlessly weaves historical events and figures into the narrative, providing a glimpse into the political and social upheaval of the time. The tensions between the British Raj and the native population are explored, offering readers a nuanced perspective on a tumultuous era in Indian history.

Henty’s prose is engaging and accessible, making this book suitable for readers of all ages. The pacing is brisk, with plenty of action and adventure to keep readers hooked from one chapter to the next. The dialogue is also well-crafted, conveying the distinct voices of the characters and enhancing the authenticity of the storytelling.

While some readers may find the occasional old-fashioned language and cultural references challenging, these nuances add to the overall charm and historical accuracy of the book. Moreover, they provide an opportunity for readers to expand their cultural knowledge and understand the context in which the story takes place.

In conclusion, Rujub, the Juggler is a thrilling and educational read that transports readers to the intriguing world of 19th century India. George Alfred Henty’s storytelling prowess, combined with the rich historical backdrop, makes this novel a delightful choice for anyone seeking a captivating adventure set in a time long past. Whether you are a fan of historical fiction or simply enjoy a captivating tale, Rujub, the Juggler is a book that is sure to entertain and enlighten.

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By G. A. Henty.


"Rujub, the Juggler," is mainly an historical tale for young and old, dealing with the Sepoy Mutiny, in India, during the years 1857 to 1859.

This famous mutiny occurred while the reins of British rule in India were in the hands of Lord Canning. Chupattees (cakes of flour and water) were circulated among the natives, placards protesting against British rule were posted at Delhi, and when the Enfield rifle with its greased cartridges was introduced among the Sepoy soldiers serving the Queen it was rumored that the cartridges were smeared with the forbidden pig's fat, so that the power of the Sepoys might forever be destroyed.

Fanatical to the last degree, the Sepoys were not long in bringing the mutiny to a head. The first outbreak occurred at Meerut, where were stationed about two thousand English soldiers and three thousand native troops. The native troops refused to use the cartridges supplied to them and eighty two were placed under arrest. On the day following the native troops rebelled in a body, broke open the guardhouse and released the prisoners, and a severe battle followed, and Meerut was given over to the flames. The mutineers then marched upon Delhi, thirty two miles away, and took possession. At Bithoor the Rajah had always professed a strong friendship for the English, but he secretly plotted against them, and, later on, General Wheeler was compelled to surrender to the Rajah at Cawnpore, and did so with the understanding that the lives of all in the place should be spared... Continue reading book >>

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