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The Towers Of Silence (The Raj Quartet)

The Towers Of Silence (The Raj Quartet) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Scott
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"A mighty literary experience."
--"The Times
"Quite simply, monumental."
--"Washington Post

Book Description

The third title in Paul Scott's masterpiece, The Raj Quartet, dramatised by Radio 4

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 699 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (30 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JDTM1Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,479 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality reading 6 Mar 2013
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I have now read the first three books and am looking forward to (sadly) the last. This is how to write! If only some of the modern over-lauded authors could do as well.
I agree this is the best book so far but the others are very good too. I like the way the same incidents are retold from different view points as well as adding new information. If you've seen the TV series you know how well it was cast but there is so much more to them in the books and all the characters live so believeably.
I recommend the Quartet to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relationships picked to the bone 24 Feb 2012
The Towers Of Silence, the third of Paul Scott's Raj Quartet, is very much a novel about women. Set in India in the 1940s, the war impinges on almost every aspect of their lives, but they experience conflict largely second hand via the consequences for their male associates. Their lives are changed because those of their men folk have been affected. But it is the internal conflicts, as these women strive to maintain normality within the abnormal, that provide the book with its real substance, its real battleground. And these are no mere domestic fronts. There are conflicts of interest, prejudices, especially in the realm of social class and ascribed worth, that shed real blood.

Here are just a few of the women involved. Mildred Layton and her two daughters, the long-suffering Sarah and simpler Susan, have John, husband and father, detained as a prisoner of war in Europe. Susan's new husband, the rather dull and inexperienced Teddy, has been killed in action on the Burma front. She bears his child, tentatively and premature. There's Mabel, Mildred's rather off-beat step-mother-in-law who occupies Rose Cottage, the well appointed residence that really would be put to better use if it housed the rest of the family, allowing them to vacate the less-than-adequate, if not actually demeaning government issue where they currently reside. And then there's Barbie Batchelor, Mabel's housemate of some years. She's an ex-missionary, a teacher of young children, parlour maid class, of course, now put out to the pasture of retirement, pasture that just happens to be the laws of the favoured and evied Rose Cottage.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Towers of Silence 13 Feb 2014
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Excellent story in the Raj Quartet series by Paul Scott. A good story brilliantly told and it holds the reader from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book which I shall read more than once 11 Oct 2013
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I have read a great deal about the Raj, from straight history to romantic novels, about lost and lonely subalterns on the Khyber Pass, boat loads of females going to India to be married, and some returning empty!!...Ghandi and the politics of the times..I have loved it all. I would strongly recommend The Raj Quartet to anyone whether they have an interest in India or not. Scotts prose is glorious, his characters very memorable. Git yourself a cuppa hot chocolate and enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable 8 Nov 2012
By Maggie
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This quartet is truly unmissable. I would suggest reading it in the correct order to follow the stories. I found all the books to be equally interesting and informative about life in India prior to and during WWII.

The only down side to these books is that the author is no longer alive and cannot give us a similar view on the world today as it would be most interesting to see if the racism and class boundaries promolgated by the ruling powers whether Indian or British still exist today in as great a way as they did when this quartet was conceived and written.

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