The Mulberry Empire: A Novel (Google eBook)
With Tolstoyan sweep and Dickensian vitality, this epically involving historical novel relates Englandís tragic adventure in Afghanistan, which began with the triumphant arrival of the Army of the Indus in 1839 and ended three years later in rout and massacre.
At the center of The Mulberry Empire is Alexander Burnes, a Scots explorer who travels to the unfathomably remote kingdom of Afghanistan and first befriends and then reluctantly betrays its wise and impeccably courteous Amir. But he is only one character in a cast that includes ladies and generals, princes and deserters, all brilliantly and sympathetically realized. At once stirring and harrowing, exotic and cautionary, and as vividly colored as a Persian miniature, the result is a tour de force of re-creation and invention.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: The Mulberry EmpireUser Review - Jamie Marks - Goodreads
I like Philip Hensher's writing, and I wanted to like this, his first LONG-format book. Its problem, though, is its length. The First Anglo-Afghan War (1839-41/42)is rife with ironies and ultimate ... Read full review
Review: The Mulberry EmpireUser Review - Kateshrewsday - Goodreads
Masterly characterisation, incredible atmosphere in this examination of the political shenanigans between Britain and Russia over Afghanistan in the 1830s. But Slow, slow, slow beyond words; and if ... Read full review