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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (7 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009947882X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099478829
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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"An achievement of unusual dimensions and power" (Observer)

"I can't think of anything worth knowing about the Raj in India that Scott hasn't told me... His contribution to literature is permanent" (New York Times)

"Beautifully constructed... An even richer tapestry of Indian and British character than its predecessor" (Sunday Times)

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The second title in Paul Scott's masterpiece, The Raj Quartet - dramatised for Radio 4

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A scorpion, when death is imminent, will simply coil up into a ball, and succum to death; this is what the reader is led to believe in part two of the Raj Quartet. This prevailing theme appears and reappears throughout the entire series; sometimes subtly. Reader beware, however, as the real cause for the scorpions coil is revealed in "A Division of the Spoils."
Indians coil at English oppression as demonstrated by Hari Kumar's silence over the rape of the white woman he loves; Hindus coil at Muslim antagonism, and Susan, an English woman coils up again and again, in fear of life itself. Scott uses this theme to capture the essence of the strife between England and India, and between the Muslims and the Hindu's.
While part one of the Jewel in the crown puts the focus on Hindu culture, Scott leads the reader to understand the Muslim perspective in "The Day of the Scorpion." Perhaps Paul Scott, in the Raj Quartet, can bring the reader to more fully understand the dynamics of human nature, morality and culture better than any writer of this century. The thoughts and ideas that prevail throughout the series are applicable to many international situations. This truely makes "The Day of the Scorpion" a cross cultural work of art.
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Just as history can't be undone, innocence, once lost, can't be retrieved. If history would allow, I would dearly love to read Paul Scott's The Day Of The Scorpion without having first read The Jewel In The Crown. Scorpion is very much a continuation of the Crown and I am not convinced that a reader coming cold to the book as a stand-alone work would cope with the multiple references to what came before. Like the characters in Paul Scott's novels, I can't undo history and can only thus reflect on another time through this forensic tale of war-torn colonial India as someone who did the Crown first.

The incidents that formed the backbone of The Jewel In The Crown are still to the fore. There are implications and consequences. But time and people have moved on. Not all have survived. There is a child called Parvati who figures large in the tale but hardly ever appears. Ronald Merrick, however, the policeman from Mayapore who was only seen from afar and through others' eyes in The Jewel In The Crown is now very much at the centre of things. His character, that of a self-made man, grammar school educated, middle, not upper class, provides the perfect contrast to the stiff upper lip fossilized Britishness of the military types. Merrick is no less British, no less confident in his prejudices. In fact he is arguably more aggressive in his need to assert a removed superiority, but his need is personal and antagonistic, containing neither the patronising nor the paternalistic tendencies of those born to rule. Racially he assumes superiority, whereas professionally he must earn it, because, unlike the upper classes, he was not born to it.

The Laytons are such an upper class colonial family. Daddy is a prisoner of war in Europe.
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Paul Scott is a brilliant writer. The Raj Quartet is a classic. It should be up there with the works of Tolstoy and George Elliot. He tells the complex India story with such deftness, changing effortlessly from voice to voice in a way that always rings true. He's chosen to tell the story through mainly female eyes. For a man quite a feat and his women are totally convincing. Intelligent and spell-binding. I can't wait to get back to my I-pad.
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This book continues the story of the end of the British rule in India. The story is told through the eyes of old Indian hands who are acutely aware of the unrest that surrounds them but refuse to face the fact that their World, the only World they really know, is coming to an end.
The Raj Quartet is deservedly regarded as a classic of English literature
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I am a big fan of the Granda TV adaptation, but the original novels are far richer and deeper. Scott's insight into the behaviour and attitudes of the British in India is absolutely fascinating
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A top-notch cast in good form brings Paul Scott's novel to vibrant life. Heroes and villains are impeccably portrayed,and the colourful last days of the Raj are shown with convincing insight.
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Came in excellent condition and was a Christmas present. I believed he thoroughly enjoyed the book and has read others by the same author.
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