The Mulberry Empire: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 496 pages
13 Reviews
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.


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Review: The Mulberry Empire

User 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

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User Review  - Erin - Goodreads

An involved narrative about a little known time, the British invasion of Afghanistan, it centers around Alexander Burnes. As one of the first espionage masters, he does his job well because of a ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
6
Section 3
36
Section 4
56
Section 5
86
Section 6
104
Section 7
132
Section 8
150
Section 16
246
Section 17
275
Section 18
277
Section 19
312
Section 20
314
Section 21
330
Section 22
362
Section 23
385

Section 9
170
Section 10
171
Section 11
190
Section 12
192
Section 13
212
Section 14
227
Section 15
229
Section 24
394
Section 25
423
Section 26
450
Section 27
452
Section 28
459
Section 29
472
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About the author (2007)

Philip Hensher is a critic and the author of five works of fiction, including Kitchen Venom, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award. One of Grantaís Best Young British Novelists for 2003 and a finalist for the W. H. Smith Literary Award for The Mulberry Empire, he is a columnist for The Independent and chief book reviewer for The Spectator. He lives in South London.


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