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J. G. Farrell (1935–1979)

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December 2022: J. G. Farrell, Monthly Author Reads (toukokuu 2023)
Group Read, December 2019: The Singapore Grip, 1001 Books to read before you die (joulukuu 2019)
Group Read, September 2015: Troubles, 1001 Books to read before you die (syyskuu 2015)


A well-written historical novel which taught me about the Sepoy Rebellion of 1857 and the Enfield Rifle and much of British behavior in the India of that era. I am enthused enough to go on to [b:The Singapore Grip|10800918|The Singapore Grip|J.G. Farrell|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/417E2nDmblL._SL75_.jpg|1169290].
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featherbooks | 67 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 7, 2024 |
I enjoyed this book. Though a work of fiction, JG Farrell made extensive use of contemporary diaries and accounts written by English residents at the time of the Indain Mutiny, to enable him to write authentically about the imaginary siege which is the subject of this book. At times I found it hard to believe that he had not passed significant periods of his life in India. His account of day-to-day life, and specifically his feel for the lives of the British in 19th century colonial India seemed authentic (as if I know anything much myself!). Though his characters are drawn with affection, there is something of the feeling of caricature in many of them, and in particular for the very few Indians depicted in the book. Several of the personalities are at once heroic and near-insane, but the abiding impression is that The Empire doesn't come out of this at all well, though individuals may.… (lisätietoja)
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Margaret09 | 67 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 15, 2024 |
Oh dear. The fault lies with me. Everyone seems to rate this book. And I rated JG Farrell's 'The Seige of Krishnapur'. So what's wrong with me?

If I see a book through the first 20 pages or so, I generally see it through to the end. I got through more than 100 pages of this one before thinking that life was really too short to wade through the rest.

I was initially unterested in the Major and his attempts to meet again for the first time in three years the woman who, perhaps, was to become his wife. Like him, I was intrigued by the seedy and crumbling hotel (think Miss Havisham meets Fawlty Towers) where he was to renew this relationship.

But after a while I ceased to care. The quirky narration which I could see might be charming simply iritated me. So I gave up.

In a different frame of mind I might come back to it though. Watch this space.
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Margaret09 | 51 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 15, 2024 |
Although only half a story, this offering is entertaining and absorbing reading. The phlegmatic Dr. McNab reappears from "The Siege of Krishnapur", once again a stable disinterested presence in the face of stern opposition to a Puseyite irruption in the Anglican Diocese of Simla, among other developing dramas in the hill country. There's been solid research go into this novel, historical, medical and ecclesiastical.
Such a pity that we lost him to good novel writing.
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ivanfranko | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 26, 2024 |



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