The Hill Station Paperback – 5 Jul 2007
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A classic novel by a Booker Prize-winning author
About the Author
J.G. Farrell was born in Liverpool in 1935 and spent a good deal of his life abroad, including periods in France and North America, and then settled in London where he wrote most of his novels.
Among his novels, TROUBLES won the Faber Memorial Prize in 1970 and the Lost Man Booker prize in 2010 and THE SIEGE OF KRISHNAPUR won the Booker Prize in 1973.
In April 1979 he went to live in County Cork where only four months later he was drowned in a fishing accident.
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Top Customer Reviews
There are essays by John Spurling, Margaret Drabble and Malcolm Dean in the book - all helpful - and Farrell's Indian Diary, written while he was in India conducting his researches for his novels, is also there. It casts considerable light on his experience of and attitude to the country, and is also a very good read.
Don't be put off by the fact that this is only half a book (if that). Every word of it is worth reading, and if you like Farrell's work, it's an essential read.
The book is split into three sections. The unfinished novel that Farrell was working on at the time of his death is called The Hill Station, and features the return of Dr McNabb from The Siege of Krishnapur. The book details the escape to cooler climates of Victoria Indian society, against a backdrop of increased disenchantment with increasing ritualistic practices within one of the churches. Farrell succeeds in setting up a number of dilemmas that will reveal much more about their characters and it is a shame that we are not able to read what is a highly entertaining draft to its conclusion.
The second portion of the book is comprised of essays by John Spurling and Margaret Drabble. Spurling provides a chronological review of Farrell's career, firmly demonstrating the step change that Farrell achieved in his writing with The Troubles and includes notes for Farrell's intentions on how the Hill Station would end. Drabble provides a much more thematic review of his writing, and both are well written pieces. We are also treated to personal recollections of Farrell by the former Guardian editor Malcolm Dean, which teases out some of J.G.'s contradictions but also fleshes out a portrait of someone who appears to be a highly entertaining dinner host.Read more ›
The book also contains some essays on him by friends (where the plot of the book is given) and it also contains Farrell's diary of his time in India.
I am not sure I would recommend this to someone who hasn't read (and loved) at least one of Farrell's completed books. I would recommend starting with 'The Siege of Krishnapur' (I know this is out of the order in which they were written) and come back to this late fragment as a convert.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Though uncompleted, this is an example of Farrell at his best. Read the "Empire" (Seige of Krishnapur, Troubles, Singapore Grip) trilogy first. Read morePublished 3 months ago by DugM
I bought this having read novels by the same author and was not disappointed. The Singapore Grip also The Siege of Krishnapur are well worth reading.Published on 26 July 2012 by jaydee80