The Siege Of Krishnapur

The Siege Of Krishnapur Author J.G. Farrell
ISBN-10 9780297858034
Year 2009-01-01
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Hachette UK
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In the Spring of 1857, with India on the brink of a violent and bloody mutiny, Krishnapur is a remote town on the vast North Indian plain. For the British there, life is orderly and genteel. Then the sepoys at the nearest military cantonment rise in revolt and the British community retreats with shock into the Residency. They prepare to fight for their lives with what weapons they can muster. As food and ammunition grow short, the Residency, its defences battered by shot and shell and eroded by the rains, becomes ever more vulnerable. The Siege of Krishnapur is a modern classic of narrative excitement that also digs deep to explore some fundamental questions of civilisation and life.

The Siege of Krishnapur

The Siege of Krishnapur Author James Gordon Farrell
ISBN-10 9780307957849
Year 2012
Pages 728
Language en
Publisher Everyman's Library
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Two stunning, Booker Prize-winning historical novels that vividly chronicle the crumbling edges of the British Empire in India and Ireland--in one Contemporary Classics hardcover. Inspired by historical events, The Siege of Krishnapur is the mesmerizing tale of a British outpost, under siege during the Indian Mutiny of 1857, whose residents find their smug assumptions of moral and military superiority and their rigid class barriers under fire—literally and figuratively. The hero of Troubles, having survived the battles of World War I, makes his way to Ireland in 1919, in search of his once-wealthy fiancée. What he finds is her family's enormous seaside hotel in a spectacular state of decline, overgrown and overrun by herds of cats and pigs and the few remaining guests. From this strange perch, moving from room to room as the hotel falls down around him, he witnesses the distant tottering of the Empire in the East and the rise of the violent "Troubles" in Ireland.

The Siege of Krishnapur

The Siege of Krishnapur Author J.G. Farrell
ISBN-10 9781590173732
Year 2010-06-23
Pages 376
Language en
Publisher New York Review of Books
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Winner of the Booker Prize. India, 1857—the year of the Great Mutiny, when Muslim soldiers turned in bloody rebellion on their British overlords. This time of convulsion is the subject of J. G. Farrell's The Siege of Krishnapur, widely considered one of the finest British novels of the last fifty years. Farrell's story is set in an isolated Victorian outpost on the subcontinent. Rumors of strife filter in from afar, and yet the members of the colonial community remain confident of their military and, above all, moral superiority. But when they find themselves under actual siege, the true character of their dominion—at once brutal, blundering, and wistful—is soon revealed. The Siege of Krishnapur is a companion to Troubles, about the Easter 1916 rebellion in Ireland, and The Singapore Grip, which takes place just before World War II, as the sun begins to set upon the British Empire. Together these three novels offer an unequaled picture of the follies of empire.

The Empire Trilogy

The Empire Trilogy Author J.G. Farrell
ISBN-10 9781590174760
Year 2010-12-01
Pages 1430
Language en
Publisher New York Review of Books
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The Empire Trilogy--consisting of the Lost Booker Prize-winning Troubles, the Booker Prize-winning The Siege of Krishnapur,and The Singapore Grip--is Farrell's re-examination of the legacy, and limits, of British imperial rule. The three volumes, connected by theme rather than character, and above all by their shared wit, brio, and daring, range in setting from the India of the Great Mutiny of 1857, to Ireland immediately after the Great War, to the besieged Singapore of World War II. Together the books constitute not only a spectacular entertainment but also an ambitious refashioning of the traditional historical novel to meet the tragic realities of the modern world. · The Siege of Krishnapur - India, 1857--the year of the Great Mutiny, when Muslim soldiers turned in bloody rebellion on their British overlords. This time of convulsion is the subject of J. G. Farrell's The Siege of Krishnapur, widely considered one of the finest British novels of the last fifty years.Farrell's story is set in an isolated Victorian outpost on the subcontinent. Rumors of strife filter in from afar, and yet the members of the colonial community remain confident of their military and, above all, moral superiority. But when they find themselves under actual siege, the true character of their dominion--at once brutal, blundering, and wistful--is soon revealed. · Troubles - 1919: After surviving the Great War, Major Brendan Archer makes his way to Ireland, hoping to discover whether he is indeed betrothed to Angela Spencer, whose Anglo-Irish family owns the once-aptly-named Majestic Hotel in Kilnalough. But his fiancée is strangely altered and her family's fortunes have suffered a spectacular decline. The hotel's hundreds of rooms are disintegrating on a grand scale; its few remaining guests thrive on rumors and games of whist; herds of cats have taken over the Imperial Bar and the upper stories; bamboo shoots threaten the foundations; and piglets frolic in the squash court. Meanwhile, the Major is captivated by the beautiful and bitter Sarah Devlin. As housekeeping disasters force him from room to room, outside the order of the British Empire also totters: there is unrest in the East, and in Ireland itself the mounting violence of "the troubles." · The Singapore Grip - Singapore, 1939: life on the eve of World War II just isn't what it used to be for Walter Blackett, head of British Singapore's oldest and most powerful firm. No matter how forcefully the police break one strike, the natives go on strike somewhere else. His daughter keeps entangling herself with the most unsuitable beaus, while her intended match, the son of Blackett's partner, is an idealistic sympathizer with the League of Nations and a vegetarian. Business may be booming--what with the war in Europe, the Allies are desperate for rubber and helpless to resist Blackett's price-fixing and market manipulation--but something is wrong. No one suspects that the world of the British Empire, of fixed boundaries between classes and nations, is about to come to a terrible end.

Troubles

Troubles Author J.G. Farrell
ISBN-10 9780753829028
Year 2010-06-17
Pages 448
Language en
Publisher Hachette UK
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Winner of the 1970 lost Man Booker prize in 2010. Major Brendan Archer travels to Ireland - to the Majestic Hotel and to the fiancée he acquired on a rash afternoon's leave three years ago. Despite her many letters, the lady herself proves elusive, and the Major's engagement is short-lived. But he is unable to detach himself from the alluring discomforts of the crumbling hotel. Ensconced in the dim and shabby splendour of the Palm Court, surrounded by gently decaying old ladies and proliferating cats, the Major passes the summer. So hypnotic are the faded charms of the Majestic, the Major is almost unaware of the gathering storm. But this is Ireland in 1919 - and the struggle for independence is about to explode with brutal force.

The Singapore Grip

The Singapore Grip Author J.G. Farrell
ISBN-10 9780297866190
Year 2010-12-30
Pages 704
Language en
Publisher Hachette UK
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A classic novel by a Booker Prize-winning author. Singapore just before the Japanese invasion in the Second World War: the Blackett family's prosperous world of tennis parties, cocktails and deferential servants seems unchanging. But it is poised on the edge of the abyss: This is the eve of the Fall of Singapore and, as we know, of much else besides. Not only the Blacketts, their friends and enemies, but many individuals are caught up in the events. Singapore at this historical watershed has never been so faithfully and passionately recreated.

Zu J G Farrell The Siege of Krishnapur Analyse des Charakters Collector in Bezug auf viktorianische Ideale und deren Dekonstruktion

Zu  J G  Farrell    The Siege of Krishnapur    Analyse des Charakters Collector in Bezug auf viktorianische Ideale und deren Dekonstruktion Author Kathrin Herz
ISBN-10 9783638872997
Year 2007
Pages 40
Language de
Publisher GRIN Verlag
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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2003 im Fachbereich Anglistik - Literatur, Note: 1,7, Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg (Anglistisches Seminar), Veranstaltung: Indien zwischen Fakt und Fiktion, Sprache: Deutsch, Anmerkungen: Die Hausarbeit analysiert den Charakter Collector in Bezug auf viktorianische Ideale und deren Zerfall., Abstract: Der Roman The Siege of Krishnapur dreht sich nicht, wie man vom Titel her vermuten konnte, so sehr um die blutige Belagerung von 1857 als historisches Ereignis an sich, sondern fokussiert vielmehr die Ansichten und Glaubenseinstellungen der belagerten englischen Kolonialherren. Die im Werk Farrells dargestellten Charaktere sind Produkte einer von sich selbst uberzeugten, uberheblichen viktorianischen Gesellschaft und verkorpern gangige Ideale und Ansichten ihrer Zeit. 9 Nichtsdestotrotz gelingt es dem Autor hier keine stereotypen Charaktere zu entwerfen, sondern jede Figur in einem individuellen Licht erscheinen zu lassen, indem er jeden der bedeutenderen englischen Charaktere ausfuhrlich beleuchtet. Das Verhalten, die Ansichten und Wertvorstellungen jedes Mitglieds der britischen Gesellschaft fur sich werden im Roman der tatsachlichen Realitat gegenubergestellt und so mittels Ironie und Satire ihrer Absurditat und Weltfremdheit preisgegeben. Besonders interessant ist in diesem Zusammenhang die Analyse der Figur des Collectors, Mr Hopkins, da er die Personinfizierung der Ideale und Glaubensvorstellungen des viktorianischen Zeitalters schlechthin ist11 und die bedeutendste Figur des Romans darstellt. Ziel dieser Arbeit ist es herauszuarbeiten, welche Ansichten und Einstellungen der Collector vertritt, auf welcherlei Art sich diese manifestieren und inwiefern sie typisch fur das viktorianische Zeitalter sind. Des Weiteren soll durch die Analyse der Figur des Collectors und seiner Wandlung klar werden, in wie weit die viktorianischen Ideale der Belagerung zum Opfer gefallen sind und welcher Einsicht sie gewichen sind."

The Conservationist

The Conservationist Author Nadine Gordimer
ISBN-10 9780747578246
Year 2005-11-21
Pages 323
Language en
Publisher A&C Black
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A prize-winning story of the forces and relationships seething in the South Africa of the day.

J G Farrell in His Own Words

J  G  Farrell in His Own Words Author James Gordon Farrell
ISBN-10 1859184766
Year 2010
Pages 464
Language en
Publisher
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The Siege of Krishnapur, the second of Farrell's Empire Trilogy, won the Booker Prize in 1973, and it was selected as one of only six previous winners to compete in the 2008 international Best of Booker competition. The strength of American interest in Farrell's books is underlined by the inclusion of all three Trilogy novels in the Classics imprint of the New York Review of Books. Troubles won the Lost Man Booker Prize in 2010. Many of these selected letters are written to women whom Jim Farrell loved and whom he inadvertently hurt. His ambition to be a great writer in an age of minimal author's earnings ruled out the expense of marriage and fatherhood, so self-sufficiency was his answer. Books Ireland has astutely portrayed him as "a mystery wrapped in an enigma, a man who wanted solitude and yet did not want it, wanted love but feared commitment, reached out again and again but, possibly through fear of rejection, was always the first to cut the cord." But Farrell's kindness, deft humor and gift for friendship reached across rejection, which must account for why so many such letters were kept. Funny, teasing, anxious and ambitious, these previously unpublished letters to a wide range of friends give the reader a glimpse of this private man. Ranging from childhood to the day before his death, Farrell's distinctive letters have the impact of autobiography.

Something to Answer For

Something to Answer For Author P. H. Newby
ISBN-10 9780571300235
Year 2012-10-04
Pages 284
Language en
Publisher Faber & Faber
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P.H. Newby's seventeenth novel Something To Answer For was assured of a place in literary history when it won the inaugural Booker Prize in 1969. It was 1956 and Townrow was in Port Said - of these two facts he is reasonably certain. He had been summoned by the widow of his deceased friend Elie Khoury. She is convinced Elie was murdered, but nobody seems to agree with her. What of Leah Strauss, the mistress? And of the invading British paratroops? Only an Englishman, surely, would take for granted that the British would have behaved themselves. In this disorientating world Townrow must reassess the rules by which he has been living his life - to wonder whether he, too, may have something to answer for? 'Beautifully written, shot through with crisp, mordant wit, and Newby plays out his narrative with consummate skill.' Sam Jordison, Guardian

The Elected Member

The Elected Member Author Bernice Rubens
ISBN-10 0349130221
Year 1969
Pages 223
Language en
Publisher Little Brown GBR
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Norman is the clever one of a close-knit Jewish family in the East End of London. Infant prodigy; brilliant barrister; the apple of his parents' eyes... until at forty-one he becomes a drug addict, confined to his bedroom, at the mercy of his hallucinations and paranoia. For Norman, his committal to a mental hospital represents the ultimate act of betrayal. For Rbbi Zweck, Norman's father, his son's deterioration is a bitter reminder of his own guilt and failure. Only Bella, the unmarried sister, still in her childhood white ankle socks, can reach across the abyss of pain to bring father and son the elusive peace which they both desperately crave.

The Year of the Runaways

The Year of the Runaways Author Sunjeev Sahota
ISBN-10 9781101946114
Year 2016-03-29
Pages 480
Language en
Publisher Knopf
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Short-listed for the 2015 Man Booker Prize The Guardian: The Best Novels of 2015 The Independent: Literary Fiction of the Year 2015 From one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists and Man Booker Prize nominee Sunjeev Sahota—a sweeping, urgent contemporary epic, set against a vast geographical and historical canvas, astonishing for its richness and texture and scope, and for the utter immersiveness of its reading experience. Three young men, and one unforgettable woman, come together in a journey from India to England, where they hope to begin something new—to support their families; to build their futures; to show their worth; to escape the past. They have almost no idea what awaits them. In a dilapidated shared house in Sheffield, Tarlochan, a former rickshaw driver, will say nothing about his life in Bihar. Avtar and Randeep are middle-class boys whose families are slowly sinking into financial ruin, bound together by Avtar’s secret. Randeep, in turn, has a visa wife across town, whose cupboards are full of her husband’s clothes in case the immigration agents surprise her with a visit. She is Narinder, and her story is the most surprising of them all. The Year of the Runaways unfolds over the course of one shattering year in which the destinies of these four characters become irreversibly entwined, a year in which they are forced to rely on one another in ways they never could have foreseen, and in which their hopes of breaking free of the past are decimated by the punishing realities of immigrant life. A novel of extraordinary ambition and authority, about what it means and what it costs to make a new life—about the capaciousness of the human spirit, and the resurrection of tenderness and humanity in the face of unspeakable suffering. From the Hardcover edition.