Zafar's frantic efforts to unite his forces proved tragically futile. The Siege of Delhi was the Raj's Stalingrad, and Mughal Delhi was left an empty ruin. The Last Mughal charts the desecration and demise of a man, his dynasty, his city, and civilizations mercilessly ravished by fractured forces and vengeful British troops.
©2006 William Dalrymple; (P)2007 Bloomsbury Publishing
I confess to being a massive fan of William Dalrymple's - everything that I have read of his work has been wonderful and this is no exception. An extraordinary subject, far too little understood in this country, is rendered lucidly and almost all the characters are entirely three-dimensional.
This would easily have merited five stars if the abridgement were not so savage. 500 and odd pages rendered into just 3 hours is just too compressed.
Fascinating, Dalrymple's usual top notch prose and research applied to the events surrounding the great mutiny of 1857 and the brutal way it was squashed. So hard to pause the account at any point it was so riveting.
William Dalrymple at his best. A sad story of oppression and misunderstanding on both sides. Well told etc etc etc
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