The Siege of Krishnapur
Winner of The Booker Prize. India, 1857—the year of the Great Mutiny, when Muslim soldiers turned in bloody rebellion on their British overlords. This time of convulsion is the subject of J. G. Farrell's The Siege of Krishnapur, widely considered one of the finest British novels of the last... show more
Winner of The Booker Prize. India, 1857—the year of the Great Mutiny, when Muslim soldiers turned in bloody rebellion on their British overlords. This time of convulsion is the subject of J. G. Farrell's The Siege of Krishnapur, widely considered one of the finest British novels of the last fifty years. Farrell's story is set in an isolated Victorian outpost on the subcontinent. Rumors of strife filter in from afar, and yet the members of the colonial community remain confident of their military and, above all, moral superiority. But when they find themselves under actual siege, the true character of their dominion—at once brutal, blundering, and wistful—is soon revealed. The Siege of Krishnapur is a companion to Troubles, about the Easter 1916 rebellion in Ireland, and The Singapore Grip, which takes place just before World War II, as the sun begins to set upon the British Empire. Together these three novels offer an unequaled picture of the follies of empire.
Publish date: July 31st 2004
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Pages no: 344
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
Series: Empire Trilogy (#2)
Later, while he was drinking tea at the table in his bedroom with three young subalterns from Captainganj a succession of musket balls came through the winder, attracted by the oil-lamp . . . one, two, three and then a fourth, one after another. The officers dived smartly under the table, leaving th...
Bookshelves: read | one-penny-wonder | historical-fiction | satire | victoriana | plague-disease | adventure | pulitzer | war | books-with-a-passport | published-1973 | subcontinent Finished on Aug 19, 2009 1 of: Siege of Krishnapur [Paperback:] By: J.G. FarrellCondition: Used - Accep...
Young Farrell has done his research, and is perhaps a little over-zealous in exploiting opportunities to display his knowledge of Victorian warfare. Some of his grisly descriptions might have been spared. At times though, the narrative sparkles with good humour, irony and the flawed intelligence of ...
I loved this, possibly (but just possibly) more than Troubles. I don't know! They are different and yet similar, which is a completely unhelpful thing to say, especially if you haven't read Troubles. But they both have eccentric British people in increasingly desperate and perilous situations under ...
bookshelves: subcontinent, adventure, books-with-a-passport, historical-fiction, pulitzer, one-penny-wonder, war, published-1973, victoriana, satire, plague-disease Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Indian Lit Group here on GR Read in August, 2009 1 of: Siege of Krishnapur [Paperback:] By: J.G. Farrel...