The Raj Quartet Here is a set of the novels which comprise The Raj Quartet all of which are set in India between and The Jewel in the Crown The Day of the Scorpion The Towers of Silence A Division o

  • Title: The Raj Quartet
  • Author: Paul Scott
  • ISBN: 9780380699339
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Here is a set of the 4 novels which comprise The Raj Quartet, all of which are set in India between 1942 and 1947.1 The Jewel in the Crown2 The Day of the Scorpion3 The Towers of Silence4 A Division of the Spoils

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      Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name See this thread for information Paul Scott was born in London in 1920 He served in the army from 1940 to 1946, mainly in India and Malaya He is the author of thirteen distinguished novels including his famous The Raj Quartet In 1977, Staying On won the Booker Prize Paul Scott died in 1978.

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    1. Ovo je kvartet knjiga za koje sam se mnogo borila da ih Laguna kupi i objavi Bila sam uporna i izgurala I izabrala odličnog prevodioca za njih Nažalost, napustila sam Lagunu pre objavljivanja knjiga "Daleki paviljoni" M.M. Kej i "Radž kvartet" na najbolji način dočaravaju kolonijalnu Indiju i smatraju se savremenim klasicima britanske književnosti Knjige koje vas ostavljaju bez daha i koje ne ispuštate iz ruku bez obzira što su debeljuškaste Da ne spominjemo kako je sjajno urađena brit [...]


    2. (view spoiler)[message 24: by mark 27 minutes agoi can't narrow it down, that's an unfair demand! nor am i lurker. but hey, i'm awake at 3:18 am so that's reason enough: Absolute Beginners The Raj Quartet Little, Big Thin Red Line Catcher in the Rye (sorry, haters) message 25: by karen, future RA queen (new) 12 minutes agoat least two of those are out of print in this country, so tell me why i should be jealous/ go on, what's so great about thoooose books? message 26: by mark (new) 3 minutes ago [...]


    3. The Raj Quartet is a huge investment in time - it's four novels - but it's worth it. It's the kind of fiction project that most of us don't carve out space for, but large, complex works (think Proust or Joyce) have sublime rewards when done well, as here.You don't have to have a particular interest in almost-post-colonial India to enjoy Scott; I don't. What you get is a carefully wrought story, with many strands, told from shifting points of view (mainly but not exclusively British). Scott does [...]


    4. The Raj Quartet (comprised of four novels) is my favourite work of fiction for the twentieth century. It is simply an exquisite experience to read this book, every word and image seem just about perfect. It is a complex, multi-layered story of 2 countries, their colonial relationship and eventual "divorce" told from the many points of view of the supremely detailed characters Scott created. I think the "Quartet" is especially relevant today in terms of our ongoing problems with "Nation Building" [...]


    5. The "Raj Quartet" is the epic account of the last years of the British occupation of India. India was the "Jewel in the Crown" of the British Empire, and the relationship of the Indian people and their colonial masters was vastly complicated, to say the least.Author Paul Scott weaves together the lives of many unforgettable characters whose destinies are shaped by the British rule in India. He recounts the political, personal and historical joys and tragedies of the dissolution of that rule. He [...]


    6. One of the all time greats. Well worth rediscovering and getting the University of Chicago's beautiful 4-volume set. This is long and fairly deliberately paced, but absolutely riveting in its dramatic construction, characters and their inter-dynamics, historical interest, etc. I read it breathlessly and was sad when it was over (sad that there were no more volumes to read), though Staying On is a lovely, bittersweet coda to the series (and won the Booker to boot).


    7. A wonderful book. It's very old-fashioned in one sense, because it has a very languorous pace (but it's NOT dull) but it's also an English-class worthy example of contemporary fiction: lots of symbolism but also the whole story is seen as though you're in a hall of mirrors. The truth (it's the story of the gangrape of an Englishwoman that sets off riots in 1942 in India, as Gandhi and the Congress prepare to evict the English) and the narrative are fractured so you really have to kind of pay att [...]


    8. Obviously, I think a great deal of these books as I have read them in their entirety several times over the years. The cruelty and arrogance of the British rule made me want to leap up and demand justice for Hari; romance was satisfied on several levels but not alas for all. The character development is outstanding from the humble Barbie to the equally pathetic yet sadistic Merrick to Guy to Sarah to Daphne to Not a single bad portrayal throughout the books. Many a doctoral paper could be writt [...]


    9. Started sort of interesting; but I became increasingly bored, and couldn't wait to "finish" the poundage. Finish means that I skimmed the fourth novel, having invested careful reading of novels 1, 2, 3. Got tired of the British, got tired of the prejudice, got tired of World War II. When at the end of novel 1, Edwina Crane declares "There is nothing I can do" - I should have figured out sooner that this was the theme of the quartet.


    10. In The Raj Quartet, Scott holds a large lost world of empire in the volumes that form the epic saga. His feat is equal to that of Tolstoy. He creates world in which one could dote in a state of timelessness. it is classic of its own kind. It is a Herculean task of handling 375 characters and cyclic narration of a mega story against the backdrop of pre-Independence history




    11. I read this twice, the second time I was older and understood the historical context better. It was also made into a very good BBC production. there is a sequel called "Staying On".




    12. Unfortunately my notes on this book as well as the last volume which I was half way through, were in my rucksack, which was stolen. I was in Costa Rica and had given the other volumes away to save on luggage weight. Conseuently this review is necessarily very short and from meory of what struck me, without references. What I can remember is that this is successfully conceived and executed epic, which integrates individual human destinies, Indian and British, with the wider historical perspective [...]


    13. The Raj Quartet is a series of four books that is a fascinating look at India before and after independence from Britain.Paul Scott does a great job of weaving a plot into the complexities between the military, government, and the ordinary people who are affected by the British raj. The novels all center around an alleged case of rape between an Indian man who grew up in England, Harry Coomer (AKA Hari Kumar), and a British woman. It is not a simple case however, and the decisions made by the po [...]


    14. Despite my intense sadness at the loss of American jobs to cheaper overseas labor, especially to India, I am interested in the country and its history. The Raj Quartet is four books in one. The Jewel in the Crown (451 p), The Day of the Scorpion (483 p), The Towers of Silence (392 p), and A Division of the Spoils (598 p). I was really glad for this as I would have hated to get to the end of any of them and have to wait to get the next one from the library. As I read the last page, I wanted the b [...]


    15. One of the best (set of) books I've ever read. Some of the writing is simply too good to believe. These books describe perfectly the dilemma that is India - one loves and hates it all at once. The characters of Daphne and Sarah experience this confusion of feelings in their relationships with the men in their lives. But there are so many layers of meaning in these books, one could go on and on. The last book is a little slow (as the political crisis of the 1947 Partition gets closer) but ends so [...]


    16. A paperback that weighs in at three pounds; after 2 weeks of handling my copy is battered, but amazingly still holding together. I don't know if it would last through a second reading, so it will be honorably retired. Superb: Cast members who, in their complexity, are real people. Hari Kumar is the truly unknown Indian, his personality evading capture like a drop of mercury. Whatever made dotty Barbie Batchelor tick remained unrevealed. Merrick's layers of psycopathy are never fully exposed. Poo [...]


    17. Long ago I read some of this series, certainly the Jewel in the Crown and I think book 2 & part of 3 maybe and I know I watched the TV production (BBC?) which was terrific. It is a gripping and powerful saga about British Colonialism in India with all its attendent racism, bigotry & self-righteousness. A very powerful series.I've read a number of excellent books about India, which, till today, I had not put on my book list as I read most of them way back in the 70's or 80's. But they are [...]


    18. KOBOBOOKS: A Division of the SpoilsKOBOBOOKS: The Towers of SilenceKOBOBOOKS: The Day of the ScorpionKOBOBOOKS: The Jewel in the Crown


    19. Had to read this after wondering what happened to the characters after watching the atmospheric and wrenching mini-series. Enjoyed a nice background on Lady Chatterjee and learning what happens to Daphne and Hari's daughter, but life is generally grim for most characters. Scott creates a pitiless world and you might prefer the wistful feeling of wondering what happened to the characters than knowing. Either conclusion works well artistically; it's a matter of what note you'd like to linger on.


    20. I first read this quartet years ago, before even the TV series came out, and was astonished at the depth, humanity and intelligence of it. I am re-reading it now and am into Book III, and I am again astounded by it. It is a masterpiece, pure and simple. Paul Scott's mastery of the language, not only its lyrical side but also its precision, is absolute, but it's the marriage of that mastery with his obviously profound understanding of the situation of the British in India at the time of independe [...]


    21. Truly a masterful and epic piece of historical fiction about the concluding years of the British Raj in India. I'm sorry to have it come to an end and wish I had read it sooner. Paul Scott's prose style is exquisite and I love the way that, Rashomon-like, he tells the story from the differing perspectives of the many characters. The Raj Quartet is a huge investment in time - it took me almost four months to get through all four novels - but it was worth every minute. Simply one of those books yo [...]


    22. I don't remember exactly when and which edition that I read the quartet, but it was after watching the excellent 1984 British TV series. The series and the books are both quite brilliant. This is a link to the series, which is particularly well shot with exotic locales. I just remembered about the Quartet while reading another (non-fiction) book partially about the Raj.enpedia/wiki/The_Jew


    23. I read the Raj Q in small bites - sometimes only a couple of pages other times 15-20. The RQ actually is four books bound into one - The Jewel in the Crown; The Day of the Scorpion; The Towers of Silence; A Division of the Spoils. They build on one another. I loved each one. Each is a great read about India in the last days of the British Raj.


    24. I saw the fantastic TV mini-series first, which inspired me to read this epos. It is really huge, literally so, it took me over a year to read it because it was too big to lug around all the time. But so worth it. Another big one set in India some 10 years later (as far as I remember) would be Vikram Seth's "A suitable boy" which I also enjoyed a lot.


    25. "If you haven’t read it already, or even if you have (I’m on my third time through), I recommend Paul Scott’s four-volume The Raj Quartet, four interlocking novels exploring the last days of the British in India. The characters are subtly drawn; the sociological and historical observations about race, class, and empire are constantly fascinating." — Martha Nussbaum


    26. This is four books in one volume covering politics in India both during and after British colonialism. I read it 25 years ago and remember it as an engrossing read, but a real commitment—almost 2,000 pages in all.


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