Husein, El Mahut — Patrick O’Brian / Hussein: An Entertainment by Patrick O’Brian

He releído esta obra de uno de mis escritores favoritos.
Husein es la primera novela de un narrador que pronto será maestro
Patrick O’Brian, no su nombre real se haría famoso por sus aventuras históricas marineras, un mundo en el que no tuvo experiencia en primera persona. En Husein, construye una historia de aventuras en torno a un mahout musulmán que sobrevive en el Raj británico. O’Brian no tenía conocimiento de primera mano de ningún aspecto de este mundo. El resultado es creíble y entretenido (está subtitulado “un entretenimiento”) pero aún no es el producto de un maestro. Hussein es muy recomendable para los fanáticos de Patrick O’Brian como yo. Para una primera exposición a su trabajo o para la audiencia de adultos jóvenes, es una lectura mejor que la media. La historia tiene varios giros, reveses y complejidades emocionantes, pero el estilo puede ser demasiado rígido.
Patrick O’Brian es mejor conocido por sus novelas de aventuras de Aubrey / Maturin, mucho más tardías. Estos son libros sobre la vida en la Marina de Nelson. Después de la muerte de O’Brian, se supo que casi todo lo que les habían contado a sus fans sobre él no era cierto. Su nombre, herencia irlandesa y experiencia de la vida en el mar, todo esto no era cierto. Nada de esto se convirtió en un escándalo debido a su capacidad para sumergir a sus lectores en un período histórico de sentimiento auténtico y su narración ha resistido desafíos a su validez esencial.
Husein figura como su primera novela publicada. Aquí está escribiendo sobre un mundo que existió de hecho y uno en el que no tenía conocimiento de primera mano. Su personaje principal es un joven mahout elefante musulmán. Él es un poco más educado que la mayoría de sus compañeros y las aventuras que enfrentará pondrán a prueba sus habilidades para aprender y sobresalir en habilidades que incluyen encantador de serpientes, entrenador de guepardos, narrador de historias y granjero. Vivirá más por ingenio que por moralidad. Como es clásico en este tipo de historias, su objetivo es la riqueza y la mano de su amada.
Husein vivirá aventuras similares a las historias más famosas de las noches árabes, pero sin ocasión de djinns o lámparas mágicas. Hay faquires, ermitaños ancianos y otras personas que se cree que tienen habilidades mágicas, pero no se requiere que el lector crea junto con los personajes más supersticiosos de las historias. Esto da como resultado una novela que incluye una variedad más rica de personajes y, por lo tanto, un entorno creíble.
También falta el lujo más elaborado y a menudo exagerado del ciclo de historias de 1001 Noches. A veces sentí que O’Brian estaba escribiendo algo como Las 1001 noches contadas por Hemmingway. El resultado es que la narrativa, aunque atractiva y encantadora, puede ser algo escasa y plana. Se desconoce cuánto de esto se debe al estado subdesarrollado de las habilidades del autor y cuánto fue un esfuerzo deliberado para reducir el estilo.

Una versión bastante más realista de “Kim” de Kipling, la narración sigue a un joven indio del siglo XIX llamado Husein y su búsqueda para casarse con la mujer que ama. Y si bien eso suena muy romántico, la historia y el personaje están más que un poco cansados por la voluntad del protagonista de cometer un asesinato, pero viviendo en la realidad del tiempo y el lugar, el autor da vida, con verrugas y todo, el subcontinente indio en el tiempo, los británicos estaban consolidando lentamente su control sobre él.
De un autor más conocido por sus personajes de Aubrey y Maturin, este fue un esfuerzo literario temprano y bastante diferente, pero inevitablemente agradable, contado (leí) en la forma dada por un narrador indio en el que el juicio debe suspenderse y el cuento para ser aceptado como si la vida pasa como siempre. Si bien no tenía la profundidad de los trabajos posteriores del autor, todavía tenía esa textura que hace que todos los libros de O’Brian sean un placer de leer.

Libros del autor comentados en el blog:

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/12/la-costa-desconocida-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-unknown-shore-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/contra-viento-y-marea-patrick-obrian-the-golden-ocean-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/hombres-de-mar-y-guerra-patrick-obrian-men-of-war-life-in-nelsons-navy-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2021/01/06/husein-el-mahut-patrick-obrian-hussein-an-entertainment-by-patrick-obrian/

Colección Aubrey & Maturin (20 libros)

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/1-capitan-de-mar-y-guerra-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-master-and-commander-vol-book-1-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/2-capitan-de-navio-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-post-captain-vol-book-2-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrien/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/3-la-fragata-surprise-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-h-m-s-surprise-vol-book-3-aubrey-maturin-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/4-operacion-mauricio-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-mauritius-command-vol-book-4-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/5-isla-desolacion-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-desolation-island-the-aubrey-maturin-novels-book-5-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/6-episodios-de-una-guerra-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-fortune-of-war-vol-book-6-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/7-el-ayudante-del-cirujano-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-surgeons-mate-vol-book-7-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/8-mision-en-jonia-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-ionian-mission-vol-book-8-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/9-el-puerto-de-la-traicion-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-treasons-harbour-vol-book-9-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/10-la-costa-mas-lejana-del-mundo-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-far-side-of-the-world-vol-book-10-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/11-el-reverso-de-la-medalla-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-reverse-of-the-medal-vol-book-11-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/12-la-patente-de-corso-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-letter-of-marque-vol-book-12-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/13-trece-salvas-de-honor-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-thirteen-gun-salute-the-aubrey-maturin-series-book-13-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/14-la-goleta-nutmeg-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrien-the-nutmeg-of-consolation-vol-book-14-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/15-clarissa-oakes-polizon-a-bordo-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-clarissa-oakes-aubrey-maturin-series-book-15-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/16-un-mar-oscuro-como-el-oporto-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-wine-dark-sea-vol-book-16-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/17-el-comodoro-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrien-the-commodore-vol-book-17-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/18-almirante-en-tierra-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrien-the-yellow-admiral-vol-book-18-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/19-los-cien-dias-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-hundred-days-vol-book-19-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/20-azul-en-la-mesana-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-blue-at-the-mizzen-vol-book-20-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

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I have re-read this work by one of my favorite writers.
Hussein is a first novel by a soon to be master story teller
Patrick O’ Brian, not his real name would become famous for seafaring historical adventures- a world wherein he had no first person experience. In Hussein he builds an adventure story around a Muslim mahout surviving in the British Raj. O’Brian had no first-hand knowledge of any aspect of this world. The result is believable and entertaining (it is subtitled `an entertainment’) but not yet the product of a master. Hussein is highly recommended for Patrick O’Brian fans. For a first time exposure to his work or for young adult audience it is a better than average read. The story has a number of exciting turns, reverses and complexities but the style can be too dry
Patrick O’Brian is best known for his much later Aubrey/Maturin adventure novels. These are books about life in Nelson’s Navy. After O’Brian’s death it would come out that almost everything his fans had been told about him was not true. His name, Irish heritage, and experience of life at sea, all of this was not true. None of this became a scandal because of his ability to immerse his readers in an authentic feeling historic period and he telling has withstood challenges to its essential validity.
Hussein is listed as his first published novel. Here he is writing about a world that existed in fact and one wherein he had no first-hand knowledge. His lead character is a young Muslim elephant mahout. He is slightly more educated than most of his fellows and the adventures he will face will test his abilities to learn and excel in skills including snake charmer, cheetah trainer, story teller and farmer. He will live more by wits than morality. As is classic in these kinds of stories, his goal is wealth and the hand of his beloved.
Hussein will live adventures similar to the more famous stories of the Arabian nights, but with no occasion for djinns or magic lamps. There are fakirs, aged hermits and other people believed to have magical skills, but the reader is not required to believe along with the more superstitious characters in the stories. This results in novel that includes a richer variety of characters and therefore a believable environment.
Also missing is the more elaborate and often exaggerated lavishness of the 1001 Nights story cycle. At times I felt that O’Brian was writing something like the 1001 Nights as told by Hemmingway. The result is that the narrative while engaging and charming can be somewhat sparse and flat. How much of this is due to the undeveloped state of the author’s skills and how much was a deliberate effort to pare down the style is not known.

A rather more realistic version of Kipling’s “Kim,” the narrative follows a young 19th Century Indian named Hussein and his quest to marry the woman he loves. And while that sounds very romantic, the story and character are more than slightly jaded by the protagonist’s willingness to commit murder, but living in the reality of the time and place, the author brings to life, warts and all, the Indian subcontinent at the time the British were slowly consolidating their hold on it.
From an author best known for his characters of Aubry and Maturin, this was an early and quite different literary effort, but inevitably an enjoyable one, told (I read) in the form given by an Indian story teller in which judgement is to be suspended and the tale to be accepted as just life happening as it always does. While it didn’t have the depth of the author’s later works, it still had that texture that makes all of O’Brian’s books such a pleasure to read.

Books from the author commented in the blog:

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/12/la-costa-desconocida-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-unknown-shore-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/contra-viento-y-marea-patrick-obrian-the-golden-ocean-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/hombres-de-mar-y-guerra-patrick-obrian-men-of-war-life-in-nelsons-navy-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2021/01/06/husein-el-mahut-patrick-obrian-hussein-an-entertainment-by-patrick-obrian/

Aubrey & Maturin Books (20)

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/1-capitan-de-mar-y-guerra-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-master-and-commander-vol-book-1-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/2-capitan-de-navio-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-post-captain-vol-book-2-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrien/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/3-la-fragata-surprise-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-h-m-s-surprise-vol-book-3-aubrey-maturin-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/4-operacion-mauricio-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-mauritius-command-vol-book-4-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/5-isla-desolacion-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-desolation-island-the-aubrey-maturin-novels-book-5-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/6-episodios-de-una-guerra-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-fortune-of-war-vol-book-6-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/7-el-ayudante-del-cirujano-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-surgeons-mate-vol-book-7-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/8-mision-en-jonia-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-ionian-mission-vol-book-8-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/9-el-puerto-de-la-traicion-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-treasons-harbour-vol-book-9-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/10-la-costa-mas-lejana-del-mundo-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-far-side-of-the-world-vol-book-10-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/11-el-reverso-de-la-medalla-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-reverse-of-the-medal-vol-book-11-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/12-la-patente-de-corso-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-letter-of-marque-vol-book-12-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/13-trece-salvas-de-honor-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-thirteen-gun-salute-the-aubrey-maturin-series-book-13-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/14-la-goleta-nutmeg-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrien-the-nutmeg-of-consolation-vol-book-14-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/15-clarissa-oakes-polizon-a-bordo-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-clarissa-oakes-aubrey-maturin-series-book-15-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/16-un-mar-oscuro-como-el-oporto-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-wine-dark-sea-vol-book-16-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/17-el-comodoro-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrien-the-commodore-vol-book-17-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/18-almirante-en-tierra-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrien-the-yellow-admiral-vol-book-18-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/19-los-cien-dias-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-the-hundred-days-vol-book-19-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/20-azul-en-la-mesana-narrativas-historicas-patrick-obrian-blue-at-the-mizzen-vol-book-20-aubrey-maturin-novels-by-patrick-obrian/

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