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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Prince of Hindustan
by Max Voegeli
Age Range: 12+
This is the sequel toThe Wonderful Lamp by Swiss author Max Voegeli. Ali, the beggar-thief of Bagdad, who in pursuit of Aladdin’s magic lamp and after many adventures, has now discovered his true identity. His real name is Ahmad and he is the son of Shah-in-shah who was the King of Hindustan. To claim his royal title Ahmad, now trained in military warfare, must travel through countries and over mountains, accompanied by Muslim and Hindu troops, to Delhi where his family come from. On his journey, he encounters a woman hermit who predicts his future. Ahmad must decipher her mysterious messages – a herd of war-elephants, treason and the mystery of the black ankus – to enable him to succeed in his mission.
Swiss author Max Voegeli (1921-1985) has created another compelling novel following on from The Wonderful Lamp. Although The Wonderful Lamp was aimed at children aged 9 to 11, the Prince of Hindustan is suitable for slightly older readers. Ahmad has matured and leads an army, the plot is more complex and includes many ancient tales of heroes, gods and Budha.
The book is illustrated throughout by Felix Hoffman with black and white drawings which help to enhance the magical atmosphere of the novel.