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The Story of Sonny Sahib   By: (1861-1922)

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In "The Story of Sonny Sahib" by Sara Jeannette Duncan, readers are transported to colonial India in the late 19th century, where they are introduced to a world of cultural clashes, societal expectations, and personal transformations. Set against the backdrop of British rule, this captivating novel follows the journey of Sonny Sahib, a young mixed-race boy caught between two vastly different worlds.

Duncan's meticulous attention to detail and vivid descriptions immerse readers in the sights, sounds, and scents of India. Through her evocative prose, she seamlessly integrates the intricate social dynamics that existed during this era. The author masterfully portrays the complexities of British colonial society, where power dynamics and prejudices ran deep, exploring themes of identity, race, class, and cultural assimilation.

The character development in this novel is exceptional, particularly with Sonny Sahib. Duncan presents him as a symbol of the dichotomies faced by individuals of mixed heritage during this period. The story follows Sonny's journey of self-discovery, as he grapples with the cultural expectations placed upon him as a boy of British-Indian descent. His internal struggles mirror the external conflicts presented throughout the narrative.

Furthermore, Duncan skillfully interweaves various storylines and perspectives, providing readers with a multi-dimensional view of the colonial society. She introduces us to an array of diverse characters, each representing a different facet of this complex era. From the British officials to the native Indians, every character contributes to the rich tapestry of the novel, molding it into a thought-provoking exploration of the era.

One of the most striking aspects of "The Story of Sonny Sahib" is the author's ability to tackle weighty subjects with sensitivity and nuance. Duncan does not shy away from addressing the inherently problematic nature of colonialism, shedding light on the exploitation and oppression that underpinned the era. However, she also presents moments of empathy and understanding, showing that not all individuals were guided by the same motives or prejudices.

While the novel provides a window into a specific historical period, its themes and messages resonate beyond the confines of time and place. Duncan's poignant exploration of identity and the struggle for self-acceptance is universally relatable, reminding readers of the timeless quest for belonging and the search for one's true self.

Overall, "The Story of Sonny Sahib" is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that delves into the intricacies of colonial society in India. Sara Jeannette Duncan's exquisite storytelling, coupled with her profound understanding of the era, makes this book a must-read for those interested in historical fiction, cultural identities, and the impact of colonialism.

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'Ayah,' the doctor sahib said in the vernacular, standing beside the bed, 'the fever of the mistress is like fire. Without doubt it cannot go on thus, but all that is in your hand to do you have done. It is necessary now only to be very watchful. And it will be to dress the mistress, and to make everything ready for a journey. Two hours later all the sahib folk go from this place in boats, by the river, to Allahabad. I will send an ox cart to take the mistress and the baby and you to the bathing ghat.'

'Jeldi karo!' he added, which meant 'Quickly do!' a thing people say a great many times a day in India.

The ayah looked at him stupidly. She was terribly frightened; she had never been so frightened before. Her eyes wandered from the doctor's face to the ruined south wall of the hut, where the sun of July, when it happens to shine on the plains of India, was beating fiercely upon the mud floor. That ruin had happened only an hour ago, with a terrible noise just outside, such a near and terrible noise that she, Tooni, had scrambled under the bed the mistress was lying on, and had hidden there until the doctor sahib came and pulled her forth by the foot, and called her a poor sort of person... Continue reading book >>

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