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  • Hardcover
  • 1032 pages
  • The Raj Quartet (2): The Towers of Silence, A Division of the Spoils
  • Paul Scott
  • English
  • 22 January 2017
  • 0307263975

The Raj Quartet (2): The Towers of Silence, A Division of the Spoils➼ [Reading] ➾ The Raj Quartet (2): The Towers of Silence, A Division of the Spoils By Paul Scott ➱ – Essayreview.co.uk The Raj Quartet, Paul Scott s epic study of British India in its final years, has no equal Tolstoyan in scope and Proustian in detail but completely individual in effect, it records the encounter betw The Raj Quartet, Paul Scott s epic study of British India in its final years, has no equal Tolstoyan in scope and Proustian in detail but completely individual in effect, it records the encounter between East and West through the experiences of a dozen people caught up in the upheavals of the Second World War and the growing campaign for Indian independence from Britain In The Towers of Silence, Barbie Batchelor, The Raj eBook ´ a British missionary and schoolteacher, befriends a British family and witnesses the trial of Hari Kumar, an Indian man accused of assaulting his beloved Daphne Manners, while observing the dangerously cruel Captain Ronald Merrick, Hari s nemesis In A Division of the Spoils, the chaos of the departure of the British and the fervor of Partition wreaks havoc upon the twilight of the Raj and the end of a era On occasions unsparing in its study of personal dramas and racial differences, the Raj Quartet is at all times profoundly humane, not least in the author s capacity to identify with a huge range of characters It is also illuminated by delicate social comedy and wonderful evocations of the Indian scene, all narrated in luminous prose The other two novels in the Raj Quartet, The Jewel in the Crown and The Day of the Scorpion, are also available from Everyman s Library With a new introduction by Hilary Spurling Book Jacket Status Jacketed.


About the Author: Paul Scott

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


10 thoughts on “The Raj Quartet (2): The Towers of Silence, A Division of the Spoils

  1. says:

    The review of The Towers of Silence you can read here.The title of the last part of The Raj Quartet series comes from Isaias proverb Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong because he hath poured out his soul unto death and he was numbered with the transgressors and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.Better it is to be of an humbleThe review of The Towers of Silence you can read here.The title of the last part of The Raj Quartet series comes from Isaias proverb Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong because he hath poured out his soul unto death and he was numbered with the transgressors and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud.The story describes the decamping of the British from India in the period of 1947 48 The main character is Guy Perron who became an observer of India on the eve of Independence.There is a tragic event which describes the turbulent India Pakistan partition thus ending this magnificent saga written by Paul Scott.Only the first book of this series was dramatized at TV, The Jewel in the Crown 1984

  2. says:

    A very Long Story. but worth the read

  3. says:

    Let me just say up front that The Raj Quartet, the sweeping tale of the twilight years of the British Empire on the Indian sub continent that is called by some The English War and Peace , has entered the Velma Canon of 5 faves with some of the best writing and one of the greatest epic sagas I ve read to date So, now you know where I stand here.This volume collects the final two novels in the Quartet, continuing the temporally and spatially flexible storytelling style Scott used in The Jewel i Let me just say up front that The Raj Quartet, the sweeping tale of the twilight years of the British Empire on the Indian sub continent that is called by some The English War and Peace , has entered the Velma Canon of 5 faves with some of the best writing and one of the greatest epic sagas I ve read to date So, now you know where I stand here.This volume collects the final two novels in the Quartet, continuing the temporally and spatially flexible storytelling style Scott used in The Jewel in the Crown and The Day of the Scorpion Personally, I love stories that jump around in time and space, but if that isn t your bag, this work isn t for you Scott weaves the big picture tapestry together in a non linear way that switches warp and weft at will In part 3, The Towers of Silence, the story is retold extended primarily from the perspective of Barbie Batchelor, a previously relatively minor figure that was friends with Edwina Crane in the previous novels Barbie s character tells the story in a way that reminded me at times of poetry, at other times of a stream of consciousness inner dialogue there are also epistolary passages and diary entries to mix things up a bit Her story is the most personally poignant to me, but that may just be because it s been awhile since I read the previous volumes.The last installment, A Division of the Spoils, was the funniest for me at least until the final climactic, devastating episode Narrated mostly by male characters, it struck me that Scott might have been contrasting masculine and feminine perspectives in Volume 2 in TToS, the story was explicated predominantly by women in the voices of Barbie, Mabel, Sarah, Susan, Mildred, et al, whereas in ADotS mainly men primarily Perron and Rowan relayed the story In both cases, I was struck by the pathos evinced by all the characters Focusing on one of the sexes at a time was an interesting literary strategy that I might not have noticed if I hadn t read these back to back, but I thought it was very effective and unusual for a male writer of Scott s time.One of the things I find surprising when I read criticisms most notably by Salman Rushdie of The Raj Quartet is the claim that because Scott portrayed the pervasive racism of the period, he must have been a racist himself I don t know how you could read Scott and believe that For me, everything about all four novels screamed how disturbed Scott was by all the racial as well as class warfare on all sides this story wasn t just decrying British vs Indian discrimination, but also Hindu on Muslim, Muslim on Hindu, everyone on Sikh, Upstairs vs Downstairsthe list of hatreds was boundless, and it was clear, at least to this reader, that Scott was appalled by it all In fact, I believe that was the point of his Quartet.But, issues of racism aside, my biggest complaint about the complainers cough Rushdie cough is the beef that Indians are given a backseat to Brits in the telling here I think that is a patently unfair criticism The Raj Quartet is clearly Scott s attempt to tell the British story of post Amritsar India, not the Indian story of that period Given that, it s no wonder that the native characters are, as Sir Rushdie pointed out in his diatribe against both literary and cinematic portrayals of Indians under the Raj as bit players in their own history Come on.Finally, I ll leave you with Scott s words, my paean to the beauty of The Raj Quartet I walk home, thinking of another place, of seemingly long endless summers and the shade of different kinds of trees, and then of winters when the branches of the trees were so bare, that recalling them now, it seems inconceivable to me that I looked at them and did not think of the summer just gone, and the spring soon to come, as illusions as dreams, never fulfilled, never to be fulfilled My selection for Task 7 A Book That Takes Place in Asia on the BookRiot readharder challenge 2015

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    You can read the synopsis to see what it is about I ll just tell you that Paul Scott is the single greatest writer you ve never heard of.Chris C

  5. says:

    First read this in the 1980 s, after the TV series.

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