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The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott
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Dec 26, 08

bookshelves: uk-novel
Read in January, 1988

Read it years ago, at the time of the famous TV series. Like everyone else I was obsessed with this take of the goings-on in the Bibigar Gardens and the terrible fate that befell Hari Kumar.

A stunning cycle of novels driven by Kipling's insight, that 'who truly knows of England, who only England knows.' These years of the English in the last decade of the rule in India tell us a lot about the nature of England and the English, and of their capacity of self-delusion and shabby grandeur, as well as of acts of individual compassion.
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