Before his celebrated Aubrey/Maturin series (the basis for the Oscar-winning film Master and Commander) Patrick O’Brian blended Kipling and 1,001 Arabian Nights into this “gorgeous entertainment” (The New York Times).
 
A young elephant handler in India is forced, by a scandal and a nasty curse, out of his hometown and into a string of colorful adventures, going through brief stints as a snake charmer, a spy, and a thief, as he tries to claim a beautiful and elusive bride.
 
“Nothing will bring the creatures and myths of childhood back faster than an imaginary journey to gallant India with O’Brian as guide.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review

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