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  • Hardcover
  • 374 pages
  • The Siege of Krishnapur
  • J.G. Farrell
  • English
  • 05 December 2019
  • 9780297858829

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  1. says:

    Fascinating look at what empire means, in its moral decay, as the happy native ideal begins to be stripped away and Britain is faced with violence in India all told with biting humor and incisive prose This is the middle book of a loose trilogy, beginning with Troubles which I ...

  2. says:

    We look on past ages with condescension, as a mere preparation for us.but what if we are a mere after glow of them Maybe it s just me Maybe it was the first prominent novel, when it came out back in the 70s, that poked fun at the raison d tre of British rule in India maybe it was a pioneering attempt by a British writer to show the absurdity of colonial superiority by laying bare its own inner inconsistencies through well crafted British characters battling their own civilisational demons and maybe it was the first of its kind when a writer penned something about the Raj without stooping down to the level of a twinkle eyed romantic suffering from nostalgic cramps for the lost Jewel in the Crown To this end Farrell is quite successful This is whence all rating stars come Through the drama that unveils during the long summer months of siege at the Krishnapur Residency, the confined British officials and civilians come to a slow and painful realisation of the fragile state of their own civilisation they in their hauteur thought was invincible Primary among them is the Collector who sees the futility of the great advance of science and art when, for the sake of survival, he is forced to use artifacts as cannon fodder when ammunition runs out Drs Dunstaple and McNab, who were proud of the superiority of modern medicine, get into a bi...

  3. says:

    A fictionalized account of the Indian Mutiny 1857 , as the British call it, or the First War of Independence, as it s known in India I agree with my GR friend Mark Monday who felt there was insufficient adventure here We don t get any great battlefield set pieces, or much in the line of guerrilla warfare either Instead, the story focuses on a relatively small group of twenty or so British subjects within the government compound of Lucknow, disguised here as Krishnapur, and how they fend off the attacking Muslim sepoys until relieved by their fellow occupying nationals The book is a pleasure read I understand Farrell wanted to emphasize the claustrophobic isolation of the Residency, and how that strain told over time on the ever thinning inhabitants But to do that he felt he had to ignore the native POV, and that was something I missed keenly as a reader Granted, the book is what it is I don t want to say that Farrell should have written some other book The novel is anti colonial in the best sense, not at all in a hectoring or strident fashion Author Farrell shows us why the imperialist mindset was wrong from the start by way of so many actions and images One being the materialist spiritualist dichotom...

  4. says:

    I am seeing stuff about this novel which says like I read a paragraph and fell asleep for 48 hours, this is one boring book , or I read a page of this, it took a fortnight, this is the opposite of fun But I don t get that, they are saying that no shit is happening in this book but it s about a siege man so you can bet shit is happening, there is cholera and legs off and piles of bodies and mangy dogs that will eat other dogs and people get boils a lot, I didn t know that was such a big thing in a siege So as opposed to this book being boring I say that this book could be a damn video game, it s laid out like one, you got all these British types with a leader and some fearless warriors and you got this army of faceless sepoys Indian soldiers which could be orcs or name your favourite faceless horde who are attacking the small number of brave white people so unfairly and your task is to get the white people to shoot all the black people before the black people rape and murder them all Okay to put it ...

  5. says:

    My views on colonialism are such that in this recounting of battle between Brits and mutinous Sepoys, I had no trouble rooting for the home team.Farrell feels the same way Even the most kind hearted of his characters are flawed, if only because they just don t get it or can t make themselves understood.Yet, this telling of the Great Mutiny is Anglo centric So this is not abou...

  6. says:

    fairly enjoyable overall and the period details are particularly fascinating or maybe i just have a thing for the specific era on display unfortunately something left me cold about this novel perhaps it was the lack of old fashioned adventure in what was a tale of a very bloody and very lengthy siege perhaps it was the constantly ironic and semi comic portraits of the characters, both english and indian although the author uses his barbed wit in a rather unique fashion, as an approach to an historical adventure overstuffed with commentary on the nature of humanity, rationalism, religion, the colonial mindset, imperialism, etc the tone just seemed so condescending it actually made the experience feel slight when it could have been rich and satisfying in a novel filled with much death and despair, i often longed for deeper emotions and higher qualities to surface the ironic, comedic detachment became op...

  7. says:

    My main admiration for this novel is that it managed to be both masterfully written and really awful at the same time Farrell makes his British characters pay and pay and pay for the crimes of colonization, in brutally absurd scenes Characters are spared no degradation and yet they never lose their bone headed, obstinate British ness, or the certainty of their superiority Ha, ha This novel s peculiar balance between 1 wow, this is written so well with 2 my god, this is making me sick kept me reading until the end, in a rubber necky sort of way I was still reading with sick fascination when I came to a scene near the end when a besieged British subject confronts his enemy and kills him after a series of silly false starts jammed guns, knives too tightly wrapped in his cummerbund to pull out when he needs them, the disc...

  8. says:

    This is an excellent read and captures well the British in India in the nineteenth century with historical accuracy There is great wit and humour in the book and some genuinely funny moments however it is also a very brutal book with some grim scenarios It captures well the British approach to empire in the characters of those caught in the siege and watching their gradual deterioration physically and mentally is fascinating One of the characters has many antiques and artifacts from the Great Exhibition, which to him represent the future, rationalism and progress Towards the end of the siege they ...

  9. says:

    I had to study this for my A level and it was one of the few fictional books that I ve had to dissect which still came out as one of my favourite books.There are so many amazing moments in this book that it s difficult to know which to pick out but the incident on the stairs will remain with me for my lifetime I know The characters are believable, the setting is, obviously, historically realistic and the outcome of the novel is an acceptable conclusion which demonstrates perfectly the flaws of the old British Empire and how the decline began in the Indian Raj.Events in the book are both brutal and also hilarious, the mix between these two elements makes the horrific incidents even shocking and, in George Fleury, Farrell has created a character who isn t so much a hero as a man forced by circumstance to up his game and turn his back on the dandified British officer background he comes from when things come to a head as the Sepoys mutiny, taking the local populace with them.The other characters are portrayed as superficial, everything exists within the vacuum created by the sieging natives and yet life g...

  10. says:

    I consider myself lucky that I ended up reading this book after the other two in Farrell s empire trilogy, Troubles and The Singapore Grip Farrell captured me when I picked up Troubles on a free table at my old Job It was a supremely clever book, and I couldn t wait to find by the author The Singapore Grip was compelling as well, but seemed unwieldy I don t thing Farrell had complete control of the plot and message, and the book suffers from the lack of direction Perhaps it was the pressure of having won the Booker for Krishnapur that threw him off on that effort I m pretty sure it was his last full novel before his early death The Siege of Krishnapur is surely the most accomplished of the three The story of a British outpost under siege in India when the native militia revolts, Krishnapur is a pressure cooker of a s...

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