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The Raj Quartet: The Jewel in the Crown, The Day of the Scorpion (Everyman's Library) Hardcover – July 3, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1032 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman's Library (July 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307263967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307263964
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A major work, a glittering combination of brilliant craftsmanship, psychological perception and objective reporting.” –The New York Times

“An artful triumph. . . . [The Jewel in the Crown] goes forward with considerable power and urgency. . . . Besides storytelling, Mr. Scott uses his remarkable techniques to portray a place and a time, a society and its social arrangements, that are now history.” –The New Yorker

“Far more even than E.M. Forster, in whose long literary shadow he has to work, Paul Scott is successful in exploring the provinces of the human heart.” –Life

“The strength, assurance and stamina displayed in The Day of the Scorpion are quite outstanding. [Scott is a] writer who has thoroughly mastered his material, and who can . . . work through a maze of fascinating detail without for a moment losing sight of distant and considerable objectives.” –The Times Literary Supplement

“An epic of genius.” –Philadelphia Inquirer

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By M.M. on November 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Paul Scott is one of the greatest, and (it seems) most underrated, novelists of the 20th century. The Raj Quartet is complex, engrossing, moving, and deep. When you are done with all four volumes, there is always the wonderful _Staying On_, the 'comic coda' to the Quartet; I actually read it first. The Everyman's Library edition is beautiful: well printed, and nicely bound. Worth it.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Potter on June 13, 2010
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This review is for anyone who, like me, has had a lifetime passion for literature. Perhaps more than once you've said to someone, when recommending a book, "You are so lucky you haven't read it before!" The Raj Quartet is such a book. It is a great creation by a great writer. The Everyman hardcover edition. This is no time for paperbacks. Happy reading!
PS: I do recommend that one have read a good history of India before setting out on the Raj Quartet. I liked the one by John Keay.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Redhead on April 27, 2009
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Many years ago I watched the Jewel in the Crown. Since then I have been looking for the books and now I have them. I just loved this volume of the first 2 books of the Quartet. The writting is wonderful and the charecters are richly drawn. I love this book, and can't wait to start the final volume.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anastasia McPherson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 25, 2012
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The Raj Quartet is a quartet of novels published during the sixties and seventies that follows the end of the Raj in India during the years of WWII. These books do this by focusing on the rape of a young English woman, Daphne Manners, who bucked convention by taking an Indian lover. Daphne's Indian lover, Hari Kumar, wasn't strictly Indian though as he had been raised in England in the highest public school tradition, to be an Englishman and eventually a part of the Indian Civil Service by his ambitious father. Hari's father dies bankrupt and Hari is sent to live in the highly segregated, poverty stricken India. He is bewildered and angry by the racism he encounter. Daphne has lost her family to WWII and is just as adrift in Raj India. These two lost souls meet at one of the few social milieus in which they could meet, namely a cocktail party given by Daphne's friend and hostess, Lady Chatterjee. They begin a clandestine relationship, but it is not as clandestine as they think as both are observed by the police commissioner, Ronald Merrick, a man who has deep-seated psychological problems and is a sadist and a racist into the bargain.

One night, during an uprising, Daphne and Hari meet and make love in the deserted Bibighar Gardens and are there observed and attacked by a band of roving peasants intent on adding to the uprising. Daphne is raped and Hari is beaten. They cannot possibly tell the truth about being together and concoct a lie on the fly. It works as well as such lies usually do. Daphne is left pregnant and outcast and Hari as well as some of his hapless acquaintances ends up imprisoned.
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