Staying on: A novel
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"Staying On covers only a few months but it carries the emotional impact of a lifetime, even a civilisation" (Philip Larkin)
"Certainly his funniest and, I think, his best. it is a first-class book and deserves to be remembered for a long time" (Evening Standard)
"One of the most cherished books of the last quarter-century. It is good to re-read it for its humour and pathos as well as its wonderful description of the legacy of the Raj" (Sunday Telegraph) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From the author of the Raj Quartet - dramatised for Radio Four The winner of the Booker Prize 'A rich and joyful book' - Sunday Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
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The subtlety and insight of the author's depiction of the relationship between Tusker and his Margaret-Meldrew of a wife, Luce, was masterful. I have seen marriages like this. It is a marriage of times gone by. It is, quite frankly, a marriage that today would not have lasted. Scott's in-depth knowledge of the era and the culture of raj and post-raj India shone through in his remarkable ability to get inside the mind and emotion of this elderly woman.
The death of Tusker, instead of being a merciful release from domination and boorishness was, for his memsahib, a tragedy. How interesting that she preferred the familiarity of the bullying and self-centredness of her complex husband to the unknown reality of life without him. I would love to have seen a sequel to this novel. What sort of a life would Luce have had in her remaining years? My hope is that she would have found contentment with her faithful servant and would have had long enough to forge a good way of life, freed from the shackles of her controlling husband.
I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to be stretched to think about a different way of life, a different philosophy of life, a different view of the marriage relationship,...... Paul Scott, an author with remarkable imagination, will touch you with the ghost of a bygone age that will stay with you for a long time.
Paul Scott must be spinning in his far-too-early grave.
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