The Siege of Krishnapur

The Siege of Krishnapur

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by J. G. Farrell, Sam Dastor, Sam Dastor
     
 

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India, 1857. The year of the Great Mutiny, when Muslim soldiers brutally rebelled against their British overlords. This time of conflict is the subject of The Siege of Krishnapur, widely considered to be one of the finest British novels of the last 50 years. A witty and individual take on the many traditions and follies of the Empire, it is also a gripping

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India, 1857. The year of the Great Mutiny, when Muslim soldiers brutally rebelled against their British overlords. This time of conflict is the subject of The Siege of Krishnapur, widely considered to be one of the finest British novels of the last 50 years. A witty and individual take on the many traditions and follies of the Empire, it is also a gripping account of survival under siege, showing how people can come to behave in extreme conditions. Full of memorable characters, this audio adaptation is enhanced by fluent and compelling narration by acclaimed actor Tim Pigott-Smith.

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"Suspense and subtlety, humour and horror, the near-neighbourliness of heroism and insanity: it is rare to find such divergent elements being controlled in one hand and being raced, as it were, in one yoke. But Farrell manages just this here: his imaginative insight and technical virtuosity combine to produce a novel of quite outstanding quality."
The Times (London)

"The magnificient passages of action in The Siege of Krishnapur, its gallery of characters, its unashamedly detailed and fascinating dissertations on cholera, gunnery, phrenology, the prodigal inventiveness of its no doubt also well-documented scenes should satisfy the most exacting and voracious reader. For a novel to be witty is one thing, to tell a good story is another, to be serious is yet another, but to be all three is surely enough to make it a masterpiece."
— John Spurling, The New Statesman

"…a masterpiece as unclassifiable as Giuseppe Lampedusa’s novel The Leopard or Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel, The Blue Flower. A historical novel, a comedy of manners, an intellectual history, an evocation of scene: It is all of these. But it is the inimitable combination of these ingredients that gives the book its perculiar savor."
— Columbus Dispatch

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745127439
Publisher:
Sound Library
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Edition description:
Unabridged

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