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With Clive in India

G. A. Henty

Book Overview: 

With Clive in India gives a vivid picture of the wonderful events of the ten years, which at their commencement saw Madras in the hands of the French--Calcutta at the mercy of the Nabob of Bengal--and English influence apparently at the point of extinction in India--and which ended in the final triumph of the English, both in Bengal and Madras. There were yet great battles to be fought, great efforts to be made, before the vast Empire of India fell altogether into British hands; but these were but the sequel of the events described.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I first came out here, I should have done the same, and should have regarded the certainty of being knocked on the head as cheerfully as you do. Eight years out here takes the enthusiasm out of a man, and I shall wait quietly to see whether we are to be transferred to Calcutta, or shipped back to England."

A quarter of an hour later, Charlie and Peters joined Captain Clive in the camp.

"Ah!" he said, "My young friends, I'm glad to see you. There is plenty for you to do, at once. We shall march tomorrow, and all preparations have to be made. You will both have the rank of ensign, while you serve with me. I have only six other officers, two of whom are civilians who, like yourselves, volunteered at Saint David's. They are of four or five year's standing and, as they speak the language, they will serve with the Sepoys under one of my military officers. Another officer, who is also an ensign, will take the command of the three guns. The Europeans are divid. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The translation it not that good

Engaging historical fiction based on the adventures of central characters Charlie Marryat & his sidekicks Peters, Tim & Hossein, inserted into Clive's campaigns in India. At times the extreme details of so many battles, though adding to the air of authenticity, were a bit tedious

I LOVED this one!

A wonderful tale of adventure during the age of British expansion into India, with daring and romance surrounding the real-life career of Clive, of India.

The life of Charlie Marryat was interesting but as the title indicates most of the book is about the military campaigns that he was party to. I don't really enjoy the accounts of battles so the story left me cold quite a lot of the time. If you enjoy that sort of thing then this is the book for you.