Rusty, a sixteen-year-old Anglo-Indian boy, is dissatisfied with life in the declining European community at Dehra Dun
Unhappy with the strict ways of his English guardian, Rusty runs away from home to live with Indian friends. Plunging for the first time into the dream-bright world of the bazaar, Hindu festivals and other aspects of Indian life, Rusty is enchanted...and is lost forever to the prim proprieties of the European community...
Like an Indian bazaar itself, the book is filled with the smells, sights, sounds, confusion and subtle organization of ordinary Indian life
Santha Rama Rau in the New York Times Book Review
Has a special magic of its own
Herald Tribune Book Review
Considerable charm and spontaneity
San Francisco Chronicle
Moving in its simplicity and underlying tendernessa novel of marked originality.
Mr Bond is a writer of great gifts
The New Statesman