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J. G. Farrell (1935–1979)

Autor(a) de The Siege of Krishnapur

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


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.
ivanfranko | outras 3 resenhas | Feb 26, 2024 |
Reason Read: 2023/November botm
I've owned this one for awhile and I liked the previous novel by Farrell that I read but never seemed to get around to reading this one.
This is the Lost Booker that was awarded for books of 1970 that never got a chance to win the Booker. Farrell wrote this Trilogy about the British Empire and the end of that empire. In this one, we are emersed in "the troubles" which was an ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland that lasted about 30 years from the late 1960s to 1998 and perhaps it isn't completely resolved. The story is told around a hotel called The Majestic. We think grandeur but it is a decaying ruin. I saw the hotel as representing the British government in Ireland that was no longer grand and losing its hold on Ireland. I saw the two girls; Angela (protestant) and Sarah (Catholic) also representing "the troubles". One reserved and dying out and the other growing in strength from wheelchair to ambulatory. The story occurs at this hotel so in many ways it is isolated from what is happening outside the hotel but slowly the outside turmoil invades the hotel. Another great read by the author who died too young.… (mais)
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Kristelh | outras 50 resenhas | Nov 11, 2023 |
Fantastic read... I had this book my kindle for about half a decade but could never manage to go beyond a couple of pages. I decided to persist and finished reading it in a couple of days. I loved it. The book has all the hallmarks that would one expect from British Raj era and it is also a treatise on the White Man's Burden. This is the only time I sided with the British despite being an Indian :)
harishwriter | outras 65 resenhas | Oct 12, 2023 |
The Singapore Grip is the last of Farrell’s acclaimed Empire Trilogy. This one focuses on Singapore, from 1939-45. It follows the Blackett family. A wealthy British family and how they dealt with the approaching war and it’s aftermath. The book is incredibly smart and ambitious. I learned a lot about this part of the world and the trials of colonialism. It is also a big novel and requires much time and effort. I think it was worth it.
msf59 | outras 20 resenhas | Oct 10, 2023 |



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