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The Broken Road

A. E. W. Mason

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I'll stand aside."

"No. I came here to look on," she explained.

"Lady Marfield," and she nodded towards their hostess, "is my cousin, and—well, I don't want to grow rusty. You see I have an explanation too—oh, not here! He's at Chatham, and it's as well to keep up with the world—" She broke off abruptly, and with a perceptible start of surprise. She was looking towards the door. Casson followed the direction of her eyes, and saw young Linforth in the doorway.

At last he remembered. There had been one hot weather, years ago, when this boy's father and his newly-married wife had come up to the hill-station of Mussoorie. He remembered that Linforth had sent his wife back to England, when he went North into Chiltistan on that work from which he was never to return. It was the wife who was now at his side.

"I thought you said he was at Chatham," said Sir John, as Dick Linforth advanced into. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The Broken Road was sold to me as adventure fiction, but I’m not sure that’s a comfortable label for it to carry. It certainly bears a romantic air that fits the name, and there are moments which are ‘adventurous’, for lack of a better word, but overall there is no single adventure running through i

Beautifully written, and very affecting.

Unfortunately, I cannot approve of the sentiment of the novel (or its author)- that the native Indians would have been better left unfriended and uneducated, without the scraps of affection tossed towards them, because ultimately, it simply made them greedy fo

Poignant story of the days of the British Raj. Much less melodramatic than I expected for a book written in the early 1900s, it tells of an Indian man and several English men and women affected by a project to build a road in northern India. It speaks of colonialism, displacement, pride. It left me

A moving, engrossing book set in India when it was an English colony, The Broken Road documents the tragic consequences of bigotry, domination, and misunderstanding for cultures and for a few men in particular. A prince of Chiltistan is sent to England to be educated. But when he returns to his nati