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The Raj Quartet By Paul Scott The Raj Quartet Here is a set of the novels which comprise The Raj Quartet all of which are set in India between and The Jewel in the Crown The Day of the Scorpion The Towers of Silence A Division o

  • Title: The Raj Quartet
  • Author: Paul Scott
  • ISBN: 9780380699339
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Raj Quartet By Paul Scott Here is a set of the 4 novels which comprise The Raj Quartet, all of which are set in India between 1942 and 1947.1 The Jewel in the Crown2 The Day of the Scorpion3 The Towers of Silence4 A Division of the Spoils
    The Raj Quartet By Paul Scott

    The Raj Quartet novels by Scott Britannica The Raj Quartet, series of four novels by Paul Scott The tetralogy, composed of The Jewel in the Crown , The Day of the Scorpion , The Towers of Silence , and A Division of the Spoils , is set in India during the years leading up to that country s independence from the British raj sovereignty. The Raj Quartet by Paul Scott The Raj Quartet is the epic account of the last years of the British occupation of India India was the Jewel in the Crown of the British Empire, and the relationship of the Indian people and their colonial masters was vastly complicated, to say the least. The Raj Quartet The Jewel in the Crown, The Day of the Jul , The Raj Quartet is one of the best stories around, it is based on historical events in India before and after they sought independence from England The characters in the book are so easy to love or hate as the case may be and you can identify with all of them.

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    1. Tea Jovanović on said:

      Ovo je kvartet knjiga za koje sam se mnogo borila da ih Laguna kupi i objavi Bila sam uporna i izgurala I izabrala odli nog prevodioca za njih Na alost, napustila sam Lagunu pre objavljivanja knjiga Daleki paviljoni M.M Kej i Rad kvartet na najbolji na in do aravaju kolonijalnu Indiju i smatraju se savremenim klasicima britanske knji evnosti Knjige koje vas ostavljaju bez daha i koje ne ispu tate iz ruku bez obzira to su debelju kaste Da ne spominjemo kako je sjajno ura ena britanska serija po o [...]

    2. mark monday on said:

      view spoiler message 24 by mark 27 minutes agoi can t narrow it down, that s an unfair demand nor am i lurker but hey, i m awake at 3 18 am so that s reason enough Absolute Beginners The Raj Quartet Little, Big Thin Red Line Catcher in the Rye sorry, haters message 25 by karen, future RA queen new 12 minutes agoat least two of those are out of print in this country, so tell me why i should be jealous go on, what s so great about thoooose books message 26 by mark new 3 minutes agoOUT OF PRINT, WT [...]

    3. Karl on said:

      The Raj Quartet is a huge investment in time it s four novels but it s worth it It s the kind of fiction project that most of us don t carve out space for, but large, complex works think Proust or Joyce have sublime rewards when done well, as here.You don t have to have a particular interest in almost post colonial India to enjoy Scott I don t What you get is a carefully wrought story, with many strands, told from shifting points of view mainly but not exclusively British Scott does multiple nar [...]

    4. Judy on said:

      The Raj Quartet comprised of four novels is my favourite work of fiction for the twentieth century It is simply an exquisite experience to read this book, every word and image seem just about perfect It is a complex, multi layered story of 2 countries, their colonial relationship and eventual divorce told from the many points of view of the supremely detailed characters Scott created I think the Quartet is especially relevant today in terms of our ongoing problems with Nation Building in the Mid [...]

    5. Christine on said:

      The Raj Quartet is the epic account of the last years of the British occupation of India India was the Jewel in the Crown of the British Empire, and the relationship of the Indian people and their colonial masters was vastly complicated, to say the least.Author Paul Scott weaves together the lives of many unforgettable characters whose destinies are shaped by the British rule in India He recounts the political, personal and historical joys and tragedies of the dissolution of that rule He has cre [...]

    6. Michael on said:

      One of the all time greats Well worth rediscovering and getting the University of Chicago s beautiful 4 volume set This is long and fairly deliberately paced, but absolutely riveting in its dramatic construction, characters and their inter dynamics, historical interest, etc I read it breathlessly and was sad when it was over sad that there were no volumes to read , though Staying On is a lovely, bittersweet coda to the series and won the Booker to boot.

    7. Cynthia on said:

      A wonderful book It s very old fashioned in one sense, because it has a very languorous pace but it s NOT dull but it s also an English class worthy example of contemporary fiction lots of symbolism but also the whole story is seen as though you re in a hall of mirrors The truth it s the story of the gangrape of an Englishwoman that sets off riots in 1942 in India, as Gandhi and the Congress prepare to evict the English and the narrative are fractured so you really have to kind of pay attention. [...]

    8. Frances Sawaya on said:

      Obviously, I think a great deal of these books as I have read them in their entirety several times over the years The cruelty and arrogance of the British rule made me want to leap up and demand justice for Hari romance was satisfied on several levels but not alas for all The character development is outstanding from the humble Barbie to the equally pathetic yet sadistic Merrick to Guy to Sarah to Daphne to Not a single bad portrayal throughout the books Many a doctoral paper could be written on [...]

    9. Roger on said:

      Started sort of interesting but I became increasingly bored, and couldn t wait to finish the poundage Finish means that I skimmed the fourth novel, having invested careful reading of novels 1, 2, 3 Got tired of the British, got tired of the prejudice, got tired of World War II When at the end of novel 1, Edwina Crane declares There is nothing I can do I should have figured out sooner that this was the theme of the quartet.

    10. Veeresh Badiger on said:

      In The Raj Quartet, Scott holds a large lost world of empire in the volumes that form the epic saga His feat is equal to that of Tolstoy He creates world in which one could dote in a state of timelessness it is classic of its own kind It is a Herculean task of handling 375 characters and cyclic narration of a mega story against the backdrop of pre Independence history

    11. Niki on said:

      I read this twice, the second time I was older and understood the historical context better It was also made into a very good BBC production there is a sequel called Staying On.

    12. John on said:

      Amazing descriptive language and characters set at the end of the British empire in India

    13. Esdaile on said:

      Unfortunately my notes on this book as well as the last volume which I was half way through, were in my rucksack, which was stolen I was in Costa Rica and had given the other volumes away to save on luggage weight Conseuently this review is necessarily very short and from meory of what struck me, without references What I can remember is that this is successfully conceived and executed epic, which integrates individual human destinies, Indian and British, with the wider historical perspective Th [...]

    14. Jas on said:

      The Raj Quartet is a series of four books that is a fascinating look at India before and after independence from Britain.Paul Scott does a great job of weaving a plot into the complexities between the military, government, and the ordinary people who are affected by the British raj The novels all center around an alleged case of rape between an Indian man who grew up in England, Harry Coomer AKA Hari Kumar , and a British woman It is not a simple case however, and the decisions made by the polic [...]

    15. Mommalibrarian on said:

      Despite my intense sadness at the loss of American jobs to cheaper overseas labor, especially to India, I am interested in the country and its history The Raj Quartet is four books in one The Jewel in the Crown 451 p , The Day of the Scorpion 483 p , The Towers of Silence 392 p , and A Division of the Spoils 598 p I was really glad for this as I would have hated to get to the end of any of them and have to wait to get the next one from the library As I read the last page, I wanted the book to go [...]

    16. Lori on said:

      One of the best set of books I ve ever read Some of the writing is simply too good to believe These books describe perfectly the dilemma that is India one loves and hates it all at once The characters of Daphne and Sarah experience this confusion of feelings in their relationships with the men in their lives But there are so many layers of meaning in these books, one could go on and on The last book is a little slow as the political crisis of the 1947 Partition gets closer but ends so amazingly [...]

    17. Cassiel on said:

      A paperback that weighs in at three pounds after 2 weeks of handling my copy is battered, but amazingly still holding together I don t know if it would last through a second reading, so it will be honorably retired Superb Cast members who, in their complexity, are real people Hari Kumar is the truly unknown Indian, his personality evading capture like a drop of mercury Whatever made dotty Barbie Batchelor tick remained unrevealed Merrick s layers of psycopathy are never fully exposed Poor Scott [...]

    18. Sandy on said:

      Long ago I read some of this series, certainly the Jewel in the Crown and I think book 2 part of 3 maybe and I know I watched the TV production BBC which was terrific It is a gripping and powerful saga about British Colonialism in India with all its attendent racism, bigotry self righteousness A very powerful series.I ve read a number of excellent books about India, which, till today, I had not put on my book list as I read most of them way back in the 70 s or 80 s But they are well worth rememb [...]

    19. !Tæmbuŝu on said:

      KOBOBOOKS A Division of the SpoilsKOBOBOOKS The Towers of SilenceKOBOBOOKS The Day of the ScorpionKOBOBOOKS The Jewel in the Crown

    20. RH Walters on said:

      Had to read this after wondering what happened to the characters after watching the atmospheric and wrenching mini series Enjoyed a nice background on Lady Chatterjee and learning what happens to Daphne and Hari s daughter, but life is generally grim for most characters Scott creates a pitiless world and you might prefer the wistful feeling of wondering what happened to the characters than knowing Either conclusion works well artistically it s a matter of what note you d like to linger on.

    21. Robin on said:

      I first read this quartet years ago, before even the TV series came out, and was astonished at the depth, humanity and intelligence of it I am re reading it now and am into Book III, and I am again astounded by it It is a masterpiece, pure and simple Paul Scott s mastery of the language, not only its lyrical side but also its precision, is absolute, but it s the marriage of that mastery with his obviously profound understanding of the situation of the British in India at the time of independence [...]

    22. David Anderson on said:

      Truly a masterful and epic piece of historical fiction about the concluding years of the British Raj in India I m sorry to have it come to an end and wish I had read it sooner Paul Scott s prose style is exquisite and I love the way that, Rashomon like, he tells the story from the differing perspectives of the many characters The Raj Quartet is a huge investment in time it took me almost four months to get through all four novels but it was worth every minute Simply one of those books you must r [...]

    23. John on said:

      I don t remember exactly when and which edition that I read the quartet, but it was after watching the excellent 1984 British TV series The series and the books are both quite brilliant This is a link to the series, which is particularly well shot with exotic locales I just remembered about the Quartet while reading another non fiction book partially about the Raj.enpedia wiki The_Jew

    24. Sally on said:

      I read the Raj Q in small bites sometimes only a couple of pages other times 15 20 The RQ actually is four books bound into one The Jewel in the Crown The Day of the Scorpion The Towers of Silence A Division of the Spoils They build on one another I loved each one Each is a great read about India in the last days of the British Raj.

    25. cloudyskye on said:

      I saw the fantastic TV mini series first, which inspired me to read this epos It is really huge, literally so, it took me over a year to read it because it was too big to lug around all the time But so worth it Another big one set in India some 10 years later as far as I remember would be Vikram Seth s A suitable boy which I also enjoyed a lot.

    26. UChicagoLaw on said:

      If you haven t read it already, or even if you have I m on my third time through , I recommend Paul Scott s four volume The Raj Quartet, four interlocking novels exploring the last days of the British in India The characters are subtly drawn the sociological and historical observations about race, class, and empire are constantly fascinating Martha Nussbaum

    27. Nancy on said:

      This is four books in one volume covering politics in India both during and after British colonialism I read it 25 years ago and remember it as an engrossing read, but a real commitment almost 2,000 pages in all.

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