By Dan Simmons
"O bad spouse of Siva / Your tongue is ingesting the blood, / O darkish mom! O unclad Mother." it really is amazing that ahead of penning this first novel, Dan Simmons had spent in basic terms and a part days in Calcutta, a urban "too depraved to be suffered," his narrator says. thankfully again in print after numerous years in which it was once not easy to acquire, this wealthy, weird and wonderful novel essentially reeks with surroundings. the tale matters an American poet who travels together with his Indian spouse and their child to Calcutta to select up an epic poem cycle concerning the goddess Kali. The Bengali poet who wrote the poem cycle has disappeared less than mysterious circumstances.
Horror critic Edward Bryant calls Song of Kali "an exactingly built, brutal, and uncompromising examine of the measure to which an evil position may well permeate and steep all that makes us human" and writes that it embodies "the stance of a psychologically violent novel a couple of violent society as a defensible and indubitably ethical paintings of art." Song of Kali received a global fable Award. --Fiona Webster
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He took eight horrible hours to die, Street recalling that it was an awful way to go, their impotence in the face of Rees' despair upsetting everyone dreadfully. More men fell that day to the ubiquitous snipers. 'You couldn't do much about it' Street observed. ' The Japanese attacked again in force that night, amidst a wild rainstorm that reduced visibility to nil. Warren was doing what he could to protect his precious guns at Jotsoma, and to help relieve the pressure on Richards and Laverty on the ridge.
On the first day of drops on 13 April three entire plane-loads, including 3in. mortar ammunition were dropped on the enemy (which the Japanese promptly used in captured British mortars against their erstwhile owners), the men on Kohima Ridge watching miserably as the swaying parachutes floated down over the valley to the east. The Japanese and the difficult terrain combined to make each flight extremely dangerous and several aircraft, both DC3 and the cannon-firing 'Hurribomber', were lost. of the position.
At least 45,000 fighting troops, accompanied by many thousands of porters, made their way into the jungle-covered hills along the carefully reconnoitred paths towards Sangshak and Kohima. The 15th Division was to follow the tracks to Ukhrul, push onwards to cut the Imphal-Kohima road, and then fall on Imphal from the north. The 31st Division was to make all speed for Kohima. Lieutenant-General Scoones discounted the idea that any substantial advance could be made by an invader through the hill country between the Chindwin and Ukhrul; its deeply tangled, jungle-covered hills rendered it unnavigable, so the British thought, to a large force.
Song of Kali by Dan Simmons