The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott
(The Raj Quartet, Book 1)

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It is certainly Paul Scott's major work and it has already been established that he is a thoughtful and tasteful writer, even though he has never achieved the readership some of his books have deserved and many of the reviewers have indicated.
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No set of novels so richly recreates the last days of India under British rule—"two nations locked in an imperial embrace"—as Paul Scott's historical tour de force, The Raj Quartet. The Jewel in the Crown opens in 1942 as the British fear both Japanese invasion and Indian demands for independence. On the night after the Indian Congress Party votes to support Ghandi, riots break out and an ambitious police sargeant arrests a young Indian for the alleged rape of the woman they both love.
 

About Paul Scott

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Paul Scott (1920-78), born in London, held a commission in the Indian army during World War II. His many novels include Johnnie Sabib, The Chinese Love Pavilion, and Staying On.
 
Published September 30, 2011 by University of Chicago Press. 474 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jun 10 2008

It is certainly Paul Scott's major work and it has already been established that he is a thoughtful and tasteful writer, even though he has never achieved the readership some of his books have deserved and many of the reviewers have indicated.

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Reviewed by Philip Spires on Feb 13 2012

The real strength of The Jewel In The Crown, however, is Paul Scott's insistence that we should see events from different perspectives.

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Tucson Citizen

Excellent
Reviewed by Tucson Citizen on Aug 16 2008

This sprawling story about the last days of the British Raj in India is an outstanding work of fiction that inspires, thrills and reaffirms the human spirit.

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