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The Raj quartet (The raj quartet) Unknown Binding – 1979


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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Avon Books (1979)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007FXH7Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dragonfly on 22 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This huge work of four books is one of the great classics of post-colonial literature and has deservedly been ranked as one of the most remarkable of the last century's literary achievements. Scott greatly develops the themes of Forster's 'Passage to India', but with greater depth of characterisation and intoxicating description of the colonial atmosphere, cultural and political tensions between colonial masters and governed people, all woven into the drama of the alleged assault of a colonial woman my a local man, and the ensuing pursuit of justice which provides the book its central narrative.

A magisterial read and particularly enjoyable in the illustrated Folio Society edition I purchased and would heartily recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rhodo on 29 April 2012
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As most people will know, the four books are formatted and sequenced very differently from the acclaimed TV film that was my primary interest. The books are also much longer with a great deal of detail in some scenes that were dealt with much more economically, yet always faithfully, in the film. If you have a forensic turn of mind you may enjoy detecting where the story in the film was drawn from. Some quite minor references, sometimes from wayward corners of the books not otherwise filmed, are woven into the screen play with skill where they add to the great cohesion that the film possesses. For instance, the antecedents of Pandit Baba need to be referenced for the film and yet need not detain us for as long as they do elsewhere in the book. Get the four books bound as one if you can find on thin paper (about 1900 pages) at a decent price. Enjoy. Richard J Brumpton 28/4/12
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By RJ99 on 6 Feb. 2015
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Great book! Great end-of empire story, unforgettable characters superbly drawn.
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By laura Nugent on 28 Mar. 2015
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yes i got this for a friends birthday
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kt1982 on 26 Jan. 2011
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I didn't really enjoy this book, but I think I was just a bit overwhelmed by the size of it! I've heard good things about it but I was gripped at all, and thus I only read a few chapters. But if you're interested in colonialism and Britain and India during the Raj then I imagine you'd really enjoy it. It's written well but as I say just not really my cup of tea.
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