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Set in fourth century India, Fast's novel about subterfuge, thwarted romance and royal schemers depicts actual historical figures. Villainous Prince Rama, son of bombastic King Samudra Gupta, rues the fact that his harelip may prevent him from becoming India's sovereign after Samudra's death. To prevent his infant half-brother, Prince Candra, from later ascending to power, Rama instigates an abortive plot to murder the child. The king discovers the plan, and cunningly safeguards Candra by giving him a new identity as the son of a local silk merchant, staging a mock funeral to dupe the public into thinking Candra has died. Years later, Candranow called Dattakafalls in love with Rama's prospective bride. The lovers must part when Rama uncovers their liaison, and Dattaka flees to China disguised as a Buddhist monk, but he will eventually meet Rama in an awesome battlefield clash. Fast is a skilled raconteur, although a profusion of minor characters and of Sanskrit vocabulary slow the narrative.

    

Used availability for Jonathan Fast's Golden Fire

Hardback Editions

June 1986 : UK Hardback
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Title: Golden Fire
Author(s): Jonathan Fast
ISBN: 0-413-41490-6 / 978-0-413-41490-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
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March 1986 : USA Hardback
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Title: Golden Fire: A Novel of Ancient India
Author(s): Jonathan Fast
ISBN: 0-87795-764-9 / 978-0-87795-764-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arbor House Pub Co
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Paperback Editions

December 1987 : UK Paperback
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Title: Golden Fire: A Novel of Ancient India
Author(s): Jonathan Fast
ISBN: 0-7221-3482-7 / 978-0-7221-3482-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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October 1987 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: GOLDEN FIRE
Author(s): Jonathan Fast
ISBN: 0-553-26850-3 / 978-0-553-26850-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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