The Jewel in the Crown

The Jewel in the Crown

Book - 1998
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No set of novels so richly recreates the last days of India under British rule--"two nations locked in an imperial embrace"--as Paul Scott's historical tour de force, The Raj Quartet . The Jewel in the Crown opens in 1942 as the British fear both Japanese invasion and Indian demands for independence. On the night after the Indian Congress Party votes to support Ghandi, riots break out and an ambitious police sargeant arrests a young Indian for the alleged rape of the woman they both love.
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1998.
Edition: University of Chicago Press ed.
ISBN: 9780226743400
Characteristics: 462 p. ; 22 cm.


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Dec 13, 2016

What I find strange is that, although this item is catalogued as if it were just the first novel in the series of four ("The Raj Quartet"), and some of the other comments seem to agree with this, in fact, the volume the library holds and which one can borrow is indeed entitled "The Raj Quartet" and does in fact include all four novels, "The Jewel in the Crown," "The Day of the Scorpion", "The Towers of Silence" and "A Division of the Spoils." Perhaps this results from some puzzling confusion with the TV series, which, however abbreviated is its coverage, does include material from all four novels, under the title of the first of them.

Mar 06, 2016

This is such a wonderful story and so beautifully written. The BPL should really have all four of Paul Scott's 'The Raj Quartet'. It makes no sense if you cannot follow the story to the end.

Jan 23, 2015

This is the first of Scott's "Raj Quartet" series. The four books remind me of War and Peace: extremely well done historical fiction. I intend to read them all again sometime.

Mar 14, 2014

I found this a fascinating look at an intricate period in time as it explores not only the described chain of events but also the political and social views of the many characters. At times overwhelming but always interesting and educational, I found I had to concentrate intently on the material in order to keep things straight in my mind. The author writes beautifully, but often the length of his sentences made the reading difficult. This is the first book in the Raj Quartet and I found it to be colourful, layered and intense.


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