And Gazelles Leaping

And Gazelles Leaping

Sudhin N. Ghose







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(Paperback | ISBN 9789386338228 | 216 pages | February 2017)


An orphan, his pet, a Manipuri elephant sensitive about his small size, and their friends—Heera and her nanny-goat; Mazdoor and his donkey White Beauty; Tu Fan, a Chinese boy, and Soetomo from Java—attend Sister’s Svenska’s kindergarten on an abandoned estate in rural Calcutta. The children and their pets live an idyllic life: they have many adventures on the estate, and are loved, sheltered and guided by Sister Svenska; Karin, the Sister’s help; Moti-Didi the washerwoman; and Cha-Cha the wheelwright.

But when a rapacious corporation from the big city swoops in to take over their school, and a gang of juvenile thugs threatens the orphan and his elephant, he must band together with his friends—with a little help and advice from the grown-ups around them—and do battle.

A delightful fable about the innocent pleasures of childhood, and the evils of the world which forever threaten to mar it, And Gazelles Leaping was first published in 1949. This is the first in Sudhin Ghose’s quartet which follows the young boy as he grows from a wide-eyed child into a disillusioned adult. Long-neglected classics, these novels are being reissued for the first time in more than half a century.


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‘Similar to [Mulk Raj] Anand and to [Raja] Rao’s Kanthapura, Ghose’s novels dramatise the contrasting ethos of the village and the city… In each there is a happy coexistence of disparate realms: the worldly merges with the other-worldly, gods and legends stray into secular territory, and strong friendships are forged between humans and animals.’
An Illustrated History of Indian Literature in English

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Sudhindra Nath Ghose

Sudhindra Nath Ghose (1899–1965)—best known as Sudhin Ghose—was born in Bardhaman in Bengal. He moved to Europe as a student in the 1920s where he first studied science and art history before completing a doctorate in literature. Though he spent his entire writing career in the West, Sudhin Ghose, like his contemporaries Mulk Raj Anand, […]

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