A short list of words from the introduction of “Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan”

Mini blog post! Just a list of descriptive words from the introductory Dramatis Personae pages of William Dalyrmple’s Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan [Bloomsbury, 2014; ISBN-13: 978-1408831595]

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Which would you rather be: “darkly beautiful” or “a talented orientalist”!

 

Words describing Afghans / Indians

violent
turbulent
marginalised
humiliated
homosexual
ambition
ingenuity
uncharismatic
darkly beautiful
little more effective
powerful
brutal
ruthlessness, efficiency, and cunning
admired… justice and popularity
prominent in the resistance
coolness and intrepidity
wise
capable
sophisticated and complex
dashing
rich
bumpkin
powerful and distinguished
powerful
brilliant and wily
powerful, well organized
invaluable

Words describing British

scholarly
extraordinary
influential
incompetent
bookish
dry, sensible
widely respected for his intelligence
pompous
delusionally optimistic
energetic, high-spirited, and resourceful
cantankerous, rude, and boorish
rigid
tyrant
disliked
contumacious
dysfunctional
honourable
renowned
handsome
distinguished himself with intelligence and bravery
found fame as heroes
credited with steeling the resolve…
plainspoken
brilliant strategist and ever-loyal
chippy and difficult and far from a gentleman
most effective
a talented orientalist
most capable
veteran
violent
formidable
precise, ruthless, and doggedly efficient
careful
meticulous
determined
clever but complacent
confirmed bachelor
wholly unprepared
brilliant but difficult and unappealing
distateful
flighty and unmanageable
violently enthusiastic

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