The Day Of The Scorpion (Raj Quartet 2) Paperback – 7 Apr 2005
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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)
The second title in Paul Scott's masterpiece, The Raj Quartet - dramatised for Radio 4See all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
The Raj Quartet is deservedly regarded as a classic of English literature
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A fascinating insight into the India's transition to Independence.Published 11 months ago by David Whelan