Books: Eight-Anna Girl

BHOWANI JUNCTION (394 pp.)—John Masters—Viking ($3.75).

In days gone by, when the sun never set on the British Empire, old India hands toted the white man's burden, and Rudyard Kipling wrote about it in some 35 volumes of prose and poetry. Now that the burden has been lifted, many an old India hand has little to tote but a stiff upper lip. Not so John Masters, exbrigadier of the Indian army. Bounced out of India by Indian independence, he has bounced right back again, figuratively, at least, with a self-imposed burden of Kiplingesque dimensions. The burden: to write 35 novels about the...

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