Under the Sun: Impressions of Indian Cities


    THIS is one of the crop of books on India by Press correspondents who visited the great Eastern dependency during the recent tour of the Prince of Wales. Its author had previously on one or two occasions spent some weeks in the country, and now presents part of his already published letters “recast in a more permanent form.” It is perhaps inevitable that the great bulk of the impressionist literature on the East should issue from the hurried pens of the cold-weather globe-trotters, whose “butterfly zigzags” over the country undoubtedly enable them often to see things from fresh and comparative, if somewhat superficial, standpoints. With all India to roam over, it would be surprising did the oft-told tale of Indian cities not bear some repetition at the hands of such an imaginative journalist as Mr. Landon. He certainly has produced a readable book, though many of his sketches convey less clear-cut impressions of the places than those of some other writers who have gone over the ground before, Steevens, for instance; and they lack proportion. Some point is seized on and overstrained with a discursiveness that causes the reader at times to lose the thread of the narrative, whilst other more characteristic features of the picture are omitted.

    Under the Sun: Impressions of Indian Cities.

    By P. Landon. Pp. xii + 288; illustrated. (London: Hurst and Blackett, Ltd., 1906.) Price 12s. 6d. net.

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    Under the Sun: Impressions of Indian Cities . Nature 75, 268 (1907). https://doi.org/10.1038/075268a0

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