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The Pearl of India   By: (1820-1895)

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The Pearl of India is an enthralling adventure novel by Maturin Murray Ballou that takes readers on a captivating journey through the fascinating Indian subcontinent. Set in the 19th century, the story follows the exploits of a courageous and resourceful protagonist who embarks on a quest to find the legendary gem known as the Pearl of India.

Ballou brilliantly captures the vibrant and exotic backdrop of India, immersing readers in its rich culture, captivating landscapes, and mythical lore. With vivid descriptions, the author paints a vivid picture of bustling bazaars, majestic palaces, and treacherous mountains, transporting readers to a time when the allure of undiscovered lands beckoned the hearts of adventurers.

The main character is a well-crafted and multi-dimensional individual whose determination and resilience make them instantly relatable and admirable. Through their eyes, readers are exposed to the complexities of Indian society, the stark divide between the opulence of rulers and the poverty of the masses, and the enduring spirit of the Indian people.

The plot is paced masterfully, effortlessly blending suspense and action with moments of introspection and discovery. Ballou keeps readers on the edge of their seats as the protagonist faces numerous obstacles, including dangerous wildlife, nefarious characters, and ancient myths that test their resolve at every turn. Through these challenges, the character undergoes a profound transformation, not only physically but emotionally, as they grapple with their own inner demons and learn valuable life lessons.

One of the novel's greatest strengths lies in its ability to delve into the philosophical and moral complexities of human nature. Ballou explores themes of greed, ambition, and the consequences of unchecked desire, offering readers a thought-provoking reflection on the corrupting power of unearthly treasures. This exploration adds depth to the narrative and elevates it beyond being a mere swashbuckling adventure.

The Pearl of India is a captivating tale that combines elements of historical fiction, travelogue, and exploration. Ballou masterfully weaves together a rich tapestry of vibrant characters, evocative settings, and compelling plotlines that will keep readers engrossed from beginning to end. Whether you are a fan of adventure novels, historical fiction, or simply appreciate a well-crafted story, this book is a must-read. Maturin Murray Ballou's The Pearl of India is a true gem in its own right.

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From India and the Golden Chersonese, And utmost Indian Isle Taprobanes.





The Riverside Press, Cambridge


Copyright, 1894,



That many readers evince a growing satisfaction in contemplating foreign lands through the eyes of experienced travelers, the favor shown to previous books by the author of these pages abundantly testifies. Mutual profit is therefore the outcome of such a work; both the author and reader are gratified.

It is a pleasure to depict scenes which have afforded so much gratification to the writer, for enjoyment is redoubled by being shared, "joy was born a twin." The undersigned has often been asked both personally and by letter, "Of all the places you have seen and written about, which do you consider of the most interest, and which do you recommend me to visit?" This is a very difficult question to answer, because individual tastes differ so widely... Continue reading book >>

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