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A Division of the Spoils

A Division of the Spoils By Paul Scott A Division of the Spoils After exploiting India s divisions for years the British depart in such haste that no one is prepared for the Hindu Muslim riots of The twilight of the raj turns bloody Against the backdrop of t

  • Title: A Division of the Spoils
  • Author: Paul Scott
  • ISBN: 9780226743448
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Division of the Spoils By Paul Scott After exploiting India s divisions for years, the British depart in such haste that no one is prepared for the Hindu Muslim riots of 1947 The twilight of the raj turns bloody Against the backdrop of the violent partition of India and Pakistan, A Division of the Spoils illuminates one last bittersweet romance, revealing the divided loyalties of the British as they flee, rAfter exploiting India s divisions for years, the British depart in such haste that no one is prepared for the Hindu Muslim riots of 1947 The twilight of the raj turns bloody Against the backdrop of the violent partition of India and Pakistan, A Division of the Spoils illuminates one last bittersweet romance, revealing the divided loyalties of the British as they flee, retreat from, or cling to India.
    A Division of the Spoils By Paul Scott

    What is Division Definition, Facts Example The division is a method of distributing a group of things into equal parts It is one of the four basic operations of arithmetic, which gives a fair result of sharing The division is an operation inverse of multiplication If groups of make in multiplication divided into equal groups give in each group in division. Division Synonyms, Division Antonyms Merriam Webster the act or process of a whole separating into two or parts or pieces the assembly line was a major development in the division of labor among workers Synonyms for division bifurcation, breakup, cleavage, dissolution, disunion, fractionalization, Confused by the terms Subsidiary, Affiliate, Division, and Dec , A division is a part of a business entity This means that a division, although it can often operate under a different name and have its own financial statements, is still a part of the business Division mathematics Division MATH Division Division is splitting into equal parts or groups It is the result of fair sharing Example there are chocolates, and friends want to share them, how do they divide the chocolates

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    1. Cphe on said:

      The final book of the quartet and the most bitter sweet I felt The end of The Raj in India and a time of great upheaval and drastic change It was interesting to find out the fate of some of the characters that made this quartet so compelling and addictive.Wonderfully atmospheric, complex and interesting characters amidst a fascinating time in history This is a series that could be read again and again Time and money well spent.

    2. Roger Brunyate on said:

      The End of the RajFinally, after tackling the four volumes with a friend at three month intervals, I come to the end of Paul Scott s Raj Quartet It brings the story of this particular group of Englishmen in India, which had begun with an alleged rape in 1942, up to 1947, when the British withdrew and India split into two separate countries, India and Pakistan Whatever the strengths and weaknesses of individual sections, this final volume brings a great sense of completion, not merely of a six ye [...]

    3. Cindy Rollins on said:

      In 2013, I began Paul Scott s Raj Quartet, finally finishing the series today with A Division of the Spoils If you read the other 3 books then it is inevitable that this one must be read and while it is weighted down with political philosophy, it is done appropriately From Daphne Manners and Hari Kumar to Guy Perron and Sarah Layton, this story is exquisitely told from beginning to end I love how the beginnings of the story so long ago are still affecting the end of the story Yes, this is a mast [...]

    4. Katy on said:

      A masterpiece of writing, with amazing characters that you love and hate.

    5. Jackie on said:

      All RIGHT After the third book, which was a bit of a disappointment and which sent me off into a reading crisis of epic proportions, A Division of Spoils was not only a welcome return to the quality of writing and plotting that I had come to expect of Scott, but it was also a bit like I read the last one and then I brushed my teeth and everything s fine now More than fine The plot finally moves on past the events that made up two books in a row, Barbie Batchelor s dead, and Guy Perron, most awes [...]

    6. Kressel Housman on said:

      Like my Mom, I now count The Raj Quartet as one of my all time favorite series, and this, the concluding book of the series, was the most complex and possibly the best I read it ahead of the History Book Club, and I m looking forward to re reading it slowly with them because I know there are many subtleties I missed Some may think it a silly comparison, but to me, The Quartet shares its best qualities with my other all time favorite series, Harry Potter Both feature immensely complex universes [...]

    7. Jill Hutchinson on said:

      This is the last book of the Raj Quartet and without a doubt the best of the four The author set a complicated story about the end of British India and rounded it off with this final gem Scott writes fiction so well that you forget that it is not a history book He uses the actual settings and events that were happening at the time, even though the characters or at least most of them are fictional He uses allusion in his writing which causes the reader to stop and think, so it is not a quick read [...]

    8. Sarah Harkness on said:

      Yet again I stand in awe of Paul Scottis is a wonderful book, and a fantastic finale to the Quartet Where the third book was perhaps over wordy, and a bit inclined to indulge in too much inner spiritual monologue, this is faster moving, almost a political thriller, and a love story Perron is so attractive, Sarah even mysterious and almost the only character who never gets his own voice, Merrick, is a masterpiece Fascinating that we never see him take centre stage, and yet he dominates the stori [...]

    9. Neil on said:

      Magnificent series If you re into the period, and liked Forster s Passage to India these are an absolute must.Get them all and wallow in the story, the locations, and the prose End up with Staying on , which is the shortest and most poignant If possible, get the film as wellCelia Johnson and Trevor Howard doing an extraordinary job with the book, and providing a wonderful coda to their respective careers.

    10. Martin Zook on said:

      Siva s arc, the deity of firey destruction and creation, comes full circle in the fourth volume of the Raj tetralogy Through Scott s pantheon of characters we see the Raj crumble, while simultaneously India is born through the rupture of its partition We see the firey destruction of both the old colonial order, as well as any attempt at unifying a Hindu Muslim nation while at the same time India is born in fire.Any illusions that may have sprung from the metaphor of the painting The Jewel in the [...]

    11. Philip on said:

      Start with two major religions, Islam and Hinduism To a history of one ruling the other, add the complication of a determinedly, in part evangelical Christian colonial administration that lords it over both and in recent memory has massacred innocents Calls for independence are frequent, but the detail of from what remains negotiable There is civil disobedience in a state whose imperial government can only function by virtue of local cooperation But should independence lead to a unitary state, r [...]

    12. Hilary Thomson on said:

      This is an astounding achievement and I think will become important as time goes on and we continue to reassess the legacy of colonialism It was also fairly ground breaking at the time, being written from the point of view of a number of different characters What I think interests me most is that Scott s view of the Raj and its legacy is extremely ambiguous almost as if he couldn t make up his mind what it all added up to I disagree completely with s blanket assertion that it illustrates how th [...]

    13. Kathryn on said:

      Each of the four Raj Quartet novels has been unique and wonderful surprising, seeing as they tell the same central story from different angles The addition of Guy Peron in this novel brings in a wonderful character to pick apart the tormentor Merrick, who has prowled all four novels, bringing misery with him The way we finally get to understand Sarah in this book is also a thing of joy a masterful and nuanced portrayal of a female character She, of all the people in these books, has stayed with [...]

    14. William Leight on said:

      More like 3.5 stars, really Having finished the Raj Quartet, I have to ask was a quartet really necessary The first book, The Jewel in the Crown , was very good both as a book and as the kind of panoramic overview of British India that Scott is aiming for It had the central crime to keep it moving while still providing room for the viewpoints of a wide variety of other characters, all of them interesting and at least a tiny bit sympathetic Even the main villain, Ronald Merrick, was still recogni [...]

    15. Rita on said:

      Scott spent time in the army in the 1940s as a commissioned officer in British India This is how he came by the material he used to write The Raj Quartet I so far have only read the last two volumes of this work, and I want to complete the Quartet and also read Staying On, his book about those English who stayed on in India after the British took their bloody hands off the Indian affairs they had so mucked up Before England colonized India, it was a rich country England raped it, and had the ner [...]

    16. Edgar on said:

      We take leave, in this final volume of the Raj Quartet, of an intriguing group of characters, their actions dissected from different perspectives over the course of the four novels This final work takes place against the backdrop of momentous events on the subcontinent After benefiting the mother country for two centuries, the administrative burden of ruling India becomes too much and suddenly the Raj is at an end To leave or not to leave Suddenly there is the question of a roof over our head Th [...]

    17. Ian on said:

      The fourth book of the Raj Quartet, and the war is over in Europe, the Americans have dropped their atom bombs, but there is still Malaysia to be taken back from the Japanese In India, demission of power from the UK is a certainty the socialist government back home are focusing on domestic issues, and are not interested in Empire This novel introduces Guy Perron, played by Charles Dance in the TV adaptation and probably the character most remembered after Timothy Piggot Smith s Ronald Merrick , [...]

    18. Carol on said:

      This The Raj Quartet is an amazing series I m shocked, and a little embarrassed, that I only recently discovered it, thanks to watching the three decades old television series The Jewel in the Crown, named after the first novel So, generally late to the party But what a party it is A magnificent series of novels, matching the enormity of the topic India, England, and the legacy of colonialism When you think about it, how could England essentially rule India for several hundred years It seems abs [...]

    19. Kathleen Hagen on said:

      A Division of the Spoils, by Paul Scott Book 4 of the Raj quartet Borrowed from Library for the Blind I am so sorry that this series is over for me One has to take the series as a whole because it tells one story with many points of view The series deals with the years 1942 to 1948 The books start with WW II still raging India, under British rule, seemingly is fighting with the allies, but some of the Indians feel that anyone, even the Japanese, would treat them better than the British So there [...]

    20. Jason Fernandes on said:

      A Division of the Spoils is Paul Scott s conclusion to his Raj Quartet As the Second World War draws to a close, and Indian Independence looks increasingly inevitable, both English and Indians alike are forced to ask themselves what place there is for them in a new India Paul Scott s appreciation for the complexities of this period in history, his exploration of them through a diverse set of characters caught in events much larger than themselves, make his quartet of novels a true epic.Having re [...]

    21. David Anderson on said:

      With the final volume of the Raj Quartet, the aptly named A Division of the Spoils, we finally come to the hasty and humbling decamping of the British, the precipitous concession of power to a country fiercely bent on division, distilled through the experiences and perspectives of the characters we ve come to know through out the series the travails of an honorable Muslim Congressman, Mohammed Ali Kasim, and his sons, one of whom had deserted to the Japan directed Indian National Army the quanda [...]

    22. Helen Wiant on said:

      I had read the first three of the Raj Quartet back in the 80 s right after the series came out on Masterpiece Theater It was one of the best Masterpiece Theater productions ever but the books were even better For some reason, maybe because it was the longest of the four 600 pages I didn t read the last of the novels Division of Spoils Now I can say that I left the best for last The characterizations, the story, the writing, all make this one of the best novels I ve read I am not a fast reader, b [...]

    23. Helen Wiant on said:

      I had read the first three of the Raj Quartet back in the 80 s right after the series came out on Masterpiece Theater It was one of the best Masterpiece Theater productions ever but the books were even better For some reason, maybe because it was the longest of the four 600 pages I didn t read the last of the novels Division of Spoils Now I can say that I left the best for last The characterizations, the story, the writing, all make this one of the best novels I ve read I am not a fast reader, b [...]

    24. Hari Brandl on said:

      I love this novel, as I love the other 3 of the quartet This is my second time reading them all and I found that I had forgotten so much The characters are than 3 dimensional though that may actually be impossible Sarah Layton is the most well written female protagonist I have ever had the pleasure to read about There are no surprises that don t ring true The events occur naturally from the characters and the historical reality The political discussions are as absorbing as the social interactio [...]

    25. Gail P on said:

      There is much written of this series, so I don t think I have much to add.I was very aware that there were many allusions to events in the history of the British in India that I think would be obvious to someone who is British, but of which I am vaguely aware None the less, I ve read and heard enough to feel like I get the point.It was also interesting to me to see how the personal relationships unfold in the writing I had watched the mini series based on the book In the book the relationships [...]

    26. Calzean on said:

      I found this book to be annoying in it s repetition of previous events At the same time it was compelling The English of the Raj find themselves left behind from the politics of England All of their sacrifices for the Empire seem forgotten by the very insularity of their lives The internal conflicts between Indian States, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh were well captured by Scott As were some great characters Perron who brings the academic insight into the story of the Raj Sarah seems so strong but at the [...]

    27. Dan on said:

      A worthy conclusion to the Merrick Quartet Guy Perron is an excellent character, and his observations and mini battles with Merrick give the series life I was surprised that there wasn t about the partition The mob scene at the end is horrific, but Scott could have done so much with the incidents of the day.The book is not flawless Couldn t someone have told him that the section about the editorial cartoons was tedious and unreadable Dude, give it up, it ain t working, move on Merrick isn t gi [...]

    28. Junemarie Brandt on said:

      While it does get bogged down in the minutiae of Indian politics, it is remarkable that after nearly two thousand pages you still want to know what happened to these characters The same events, happening over a decade are seen from a small cort ge of characters amid the millions in India as the Raj, stuck in its Edwardian sensibility, gives way to the brutality and long suppressed struggle of the Indian nation A tough slog, but I m glad I got through it, many scenes and images I will never forge [...]

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