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The Jewel In The Crown (The Raj Quartet, Vol 1): Complete & Unabridged


The Jewel In The Crown (The Raj Quartet, Vol 1): Complete & Unabridged

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    Paul Scott(Author) Sam Dastor(Reader)

India 1942: everything is in flux. World War II has shown that the British are not invincible and the self-rule lobby is gaining many supporters. Against this background, Daphne Manners, a young English girl, is brutally raped in the Bibighat Gardens. The racism, brutality and hatred launched upon the head of her young Indian lover echo the dreadful violence perpetrated on Daphne and reveal the desperate state of Anglo-Indian relations. The rift that will eventually prise India - the jewel in the Imperial Crown - from colonial rule is beginning to gape wide.

"A major work, a glittering combination of brilliant craftsmanship, psychological perception and objective reporting... Rarely have the sounds and smells and total atmosphere been so evocatively suggested" (New York Times)"Absorbing and brilliant... A triumph" (Evening Standard)"One of the most important landmarks of post-war fiction... A mighty literary experience" (The Times)"Quite simply, monumental" (Washington Post) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By Noel on 14 September 2017

    Beautifully written account of the injustice showered upon the Indian nation by the British.

  • By A. W. Macfarlane on 18 March 2005

    What a marvellous work! My copy has the words, "Dazzling" (Guardian), on the front cover, and on the back cover it is lauded by The Times and the New York Times; it would be impertinent to offer any other opinion. I did not watch the BBC dramatisation, and having now read the novel I cannot conceive how a television adaptation could convey more than a tiny part of its myriad strands. The central story is quite slight, but it is a metaphor for the larger picture, and what grips are the context and the backgrounds. The context, of course, is the burgeoning national consciousness that will lead to the independence of India; but along with that there is the slipping through the imperial fingers of the jewel itself, and the inevitability of the decline of all that was British, all that was Empire. Against this huge backdrop, with all its ramifications for global politics, is played out the drama of Daphne Manners and her rape. The balance is perfect: the subjugation and exploitation of a vast, impoverished country by a small, rich European one - and by the British Empire in all its self-deluding glory - versus the violation of one young Englishwoman by natives of that very country. The story itself is told from several perspectives - Edwina Crane, Lily Chatterjee, Brigadier Reid - each fleshed out in intricate, touching and perceptive detail. There are glorious descriptive touches, too: the magnificent description of the Macgregor House early on, for example. Read it like you would drink a premier cru: slowly, savouring the flavour, relaxing and wondering at the skill that has gone into making it.

  • By D Ogilvy on 5 May 2012

    `The Jewel in the Crown' (Vol 1 The Raj Quartet) gives a deep understanding of India and her colonial rulers set against a background of declining British rule, colonial repression, the petty pretensions of British middle class snobbery and the rise of Indian nationalism. The death of missionary worker Edwina Crane and the brutal rape of Daphne Manners who both dare to cross social barriers of tolerance and understanding form the central core of the book. Daphne in her doomed relationship with Hari Kumar, an Indian educated at an elitist English public school. Hari treated as an equal by the English in England become invisible to them in India Scott writes 'Young Kumar', 'In India an Indian and an Englishman could never meet on the same terms.' The rape of Daphne is a metaphor for India in the position of an occupied country. The repercussions of this rape and those involved are central to the theme of the book and the rise of the mediocre in the form of Ronald Merrick the English Grammar School Boy Police Superintendent, always a malevolent presence in the background. Looking forward to reading the other books in the series.

  • By H. Lacroix on 25 July 2017

    'The Jewel in the Crown' is a novel that both deserves high praise and some criticism. It is an erudite, well-written, well-constructed story with interesting characters, great psychological insights, compelling descriptions of people and places. Some parts in the book are immensely readable, gripping you with the beauty of elegant prose and masterful portrayals of complex people. But there are also parts, for me they were ' an evening at the club' and ' civil and military', which bored me more than just a little. I loved the parts dealing with miss Crane, sister Ludmila, Hari and Daphne. All of them are intricate characters, fully explored on the page and convincingly portrayed. I was particularly moved by the story of Hari Kumar and his father, this misguided parent who wanted the best for his son but only succeeded in making him an outcast in both worlds. His 'invisibility' is conveyed with such strength that his pain leaps from the page. So disappointing then when you find yourself with sometimes 90 pages, as in the account of Brigadier Reed and Deputy Commissioner White which you cannot wait to finish. A very gifted writer whose talent is undeniable but whose punctilious rendition of everything he deems essential , slows his tale down more than is just comfortable for some readers.

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