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A Division Of The Spoils (Raj Quartet 4) [Paperback]

Paul Scott
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7 April 2005 Raj Quartet 4


The British Raj in India is in its final days. But the fall of the Empire is both the end of one era and the beginning of another. For the Hindus and Muslims, the political reality signals inevitable post-war recriminations and future territorial wrangles. For Guy Perron, Field Sergeant and historian, these last days are a time to reflect on the legacy the British has left behind in India. And for the British families still residing in India, decisions about their future must be made and final goodbyes must be said, all against the backdrop of one of the most turbulent periods of social change the world has ever seen.

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (7 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099478838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099478836
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Its two great and time-resting virtues are, first, the extraordinary range of characters it so skilfully portrays and, second, its powerful evocation of the last days of British India" (Times Literary Supplement)

"A mighty literary experience" (The Times)

"Quite simply, monumental" (Washington Post)

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The Fourth and final title is a moving and fitting conclusion to Paul Scott's masterpiece, The Raj Quartet, dramatised for Radio 4

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5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable achievement 8 Mar 2012
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, religiously mixed, or should it divide along ethnic lines in an attempt to avoid conflict of interest?

Then there's a World War against an invading Japanese army to be coped with. And when a new kind of independence is called for, one that not only politically rejects the colonial masters but also wages war against them, new complications emerge. Those who deserted to fight alongside the enemy risk courts-martial and death sentences for treason, despite their being viewed locally as freedom fighters by those who desire independence at any cost, whilst remaining traitors in the eyes of anyone seeking any form of accommodation with the status quo.

This is India in the 1940s, and as yet there has been no mention yet of the princely states, each with its Nawab or Maharajah at its head, ostensibly independent but land-locked in their geographical and political dependency, surrounded by colonialism that, if anything, has nurtured them. Which way would these august gentlemen lean?

A Division Of The Spoils by Paul Scott is the last novel in his Raj Quartet. It is set against this backdrop of complex social, political, military, even geo-political considerations, all of which interact and thus influence one another.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Division of The Spoils 13 Feb 2014
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The last of The Raj Quartet books by Paul Scott brings this story to its inevitable conclusion.
These novels are the work of a great writer, do read them, you wont be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Scott at his best 11 Oct 2013
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wonderful prose, written with skill. It kept me glued for hours. I always read a new book for the first time quickly, and then reread taking it very slowly. I have read all his books and he never fails to entrance me. Brings the Raj to life with its variety of wonderful characters. I just love all four books, and recommend them to anyone
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