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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rupa & Co (1 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8129112507
  • ISBN-13: 978-8129112507
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 960,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Depicts the attempt to decay an entire culture and way of life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Parvati P. on 28 Jun 2009
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This evocative re-released classic novel should be read by anyone brought up on the British version of Indian colonial history. Ostensibly a story of Muslim family in Delhi at the turn of the 20th century and the marriage of the son Asghar, its more enduring theme is the inhabitants resentment of their British rulers even 50 years after the 1857 `Mutiny'.

Set against the political backdrop of George V's coronation durbar in 1911, the general decay of Old Delhi after the decline of the Moghul courts - even the son of the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah is reduced to begging on the streets - and the marginalizing effect on Old Delhi's Muslim population is vividly portrayed. The sense of futility at their predicament and the general resentment of the British is palpable and more revealing than any historical account can ever be. From this resentment grows the independence movement that finally ejects the British in 1948.

While this is not a literary work of art, in just 200 pages we get a picture of life in Delhi as the British prepare to shift their capital from Calcutta. But its other theme is the transient nature of Empire rule whether by the Moghuls or the British. The British barely lasted 40 years beyond 1911, but the beginnings of their end had roots that began much earlier in the minds of the dispossessed citizens as this novel shows.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Mar 2006
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For any fans of Indian fiction this is the pinnacle. It tells of the last days of Delhi under the influnece of Muslim culture. Its essecntially a family novel told against an unfolding political backdrop. Highly reccomend it. This book recieves mention in Dalrymple's City of Djinns also.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Irfan Zakiuddin on 7 Oct 2008
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A superb book! Dalrymple's latest book, 'The Last Moghul' tells us a lot about the end of Muslim rule in India, but this work conveys the pathos of the failed Mughals and Muslims much more effectively. Also by allowing the reader into the doggering, but still proud, Muslim aristocracy this book led me to understand why the partition (for which I had no empathy, till now) was a necessary evil. In its own way this book teaches at least as much as Dalrymple's. It is indeed a beautifully written book about a fascinating and important subject.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Taylor on 31 Dec 2012
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Urdu poetry is weaved into the fabric of this fairly melancholic masterpiece, yet it remains anything but flowery. It's an instantly engaging reminder of a world that almost upped and vanished in 1947, and is fantastically evocative of life in Old Delhi before the modern era. As a relatively new resident of Delhi, and regular wanderer around the back streets of the Old town, I have found myself seeing the city through different eyes after reading this. That the author knew that this was a world that was on the precipice is evident, and you cannot help but feel a degree of sadness that so much has gone in such a short space of time. I'll never look at a kabutar (pigeon) the same way again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SR on 22 July 2010
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There is nothing more I can say other than for people who are interested in the old Muslim post mutiny era of Delhi to read this book and live a part of history.
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