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The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell
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Nov 20, 2008

really liked it
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Read in October, 2008

Who would not like a historical novel about Victorian English in India? No matter the premise, this is something I love reading. This novel is based on true events and was written from recovered journals, notes, personal memoirs and history. The characters are amazingly engaging throughout this dense, suprisingly funny novel. The humor is masked under extreme suffering on the part of the English while the natives sit back and watch their little part of England in the middle of India implode on itself. Lucy was my favorite character for obvious reasons. My favorite scene is near the end when the battle really heats up and it seems all hope is lost. The first half of the novel sets the stage and is a little slow but is filled with so much that it is still a great, great read.
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