Many of the scenes play out differently in the book than in the movie, but end with similar, if not identical results.
The Zulus themselves have a greater role in the book. This part of the story focuses on the young warrior Bayele, who is selected for one of many scouting missions. When he returns with news about the British invasion, he's chosen to lead a deception operation by allowing himself, along with two others, to be captured. Only after getting thoroughly roughed-up, he and his comrades try to mislead the British about the location of the main Zulu army.
While Zulu Dawn may not be the most scholarly work, Enfield's narrative is very readable, especially when describing the chaos of battle. Plus, after watching the movie so many times, it was easy for me to visualize the story.
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