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The Siege of Krishnapur
     

The Siege of Krishnapur

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by J. G. Farrell
 

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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:
9781857994919
Publisher:
Gardners Books
Publication date:
07/01/1996
Edition description:
New

Meet the Author

J.G.Farrell (1935–1979) was born with a caul, long considered a sign of good fortune. Academically and athletically gifted, Farrell grew up in England and Ireland. In 1956, during his first term at Oxford, he suffered what seemed a minor injury on the rugby pitch. Within days, however, he was diagnosed with polio, which nearly killed him and left him permanently weakened. Farrell’s early novels, which include The Lung and A Girl in the Head, have been overshadowed by his Empire Trilogy—Troubles, the Booker Prize–winning Siege of Krishnapur, and The Singapore Grip (all three are published by NYRB Classics). In early 1979, Farrell bought a farmhouse in Bantry Bay on the Irish coast. “I’ve been trying to write,” he admitted, “but there are so many competing interests–the prime one at the moment is fishing off the rocks… . Then a colony of bees has come to live above my back door and I’m thinking of turning them into my feudal retainers.” On August 11, Farrell was hit by a wave while fishing and was washed out to sea. His body was found a month later. A biography of J.G. Farrell, J.G. Farrell: The Making of a Writer by Lavinia Greacen, was published by Bloomsbury in 1999.

Pankaj Mishra was born in North India in 1969 and now lives in London and India. He is the author of The Romantics, winner of the Los Angeles Times‘s Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and The Guardian. His most recent book is Temptations of the West: How to Be Modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet, and Beyond.

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Thought-provoking book that introduced me to a part of history I had not known about. Well written, ironic in parts, but not over-the top.
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