March Group Read:The Raj Quartet 1 - The Jewel in the Crown
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According to Wikipedia: The Raj Quartet begins in 1942. World War II is at its zenith, and in South East Asia, the Allied forces have suffered great losses. Burma has fallen, and the Japanese invasion of the Indian subcontinent from the east appears imminent. The year 1942 is also marked by Indian nationalist leader Mahatma Gandhi’s call for the Quit India movement to the British rulers of India.
I personally read the series shortly after seeing the Masterpiece Theatre presentation and fell in love with the series. I've been wanting to re-read the series for some time.
We'll be reading the rest of the quartet on this schedule:
Book 2: Day of the Scorpion : MAY
Book 3: The Towers of Silence: JULY
Book 4: A Division of the Spoils: SEPTEMBER
I'm hoping a lot of folks will join us in this group read.
I'd forgotten how oddly it is written, and how so very different it is from the Masterpiece Theatre production.
I loved it.
The writing itself is beautiful. The history of India fascinating.
I really liked the way the story builds with multiple points of view.
And, I appreciated that the author was not 'preachy'.
Although fiction, from what I understand, it was pretty historically accurate.
The story of the same event from each person's personal experience allowed the understanding of the times from multiple British perspectives and multiple Indian perspectives.
I won't be reading Day of the Scorpion until June because I am off to Spain in 10 days for 2 weeks. I don't have the kindle or audio version so the book from the library is too heavy to carry with me.
>21 PiyushC: I appreciated your very articulate review. Thanks!
What did the rest of you think?