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The Raj Quartet (2): The Towers of Silence, A Division of the Spoils (The Raj Quartet #3-4)

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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 ineffect, 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.



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Published July 3rd 2007 by Everyman's Library (first published 1975)
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Laura
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 humble
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Velma
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
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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.

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Paul Scott was born in London in 1920. He served in the army from 1940 to 1946, mainly in India and Malaya. He is the author of thirteen distinguished novels including his famous The Raj Quartet. In 1977, Staying On won the Booker Prize. Paul Scott died in 1978.
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Other Books in the Series

The Raj Quartet (4 books)
  • The Jewel in the Crown (The Raj Quartet, #1)
  • The Day of the Scorpion
  • The Towers of Silence
  • A Division of the Spoils (The Raj Quartet, #4)

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