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The Siege of Krishnapur    by J. G. Farrell order for
Siege of Krishnapur
by J. G. Farrell
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New York Review, 2004 (1974)
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* * *   Reviewed by Rita Baumgartner

Farrell sets his story in 1857 India, the year of the Great Mutiny, when Indian soldiers finally turned in bloody rebellion against their astounded British rulers.

The Siege of Krishnapur is a fascinating novel, which lays bare the ambitions and delusions of the colonial rulers. It's written with humor and a keen sense of observation. The suspense, philosophy, action, and array of characters make for an excellent story - well told.

Based on historical facts, this masterpiece is part of a trilogy, which includes Troubles, about the Irish Rebellion of 1916, and the Singapore Grip set just before World War II. The three novels paint a startling picture of the arrogance and follies of the British, which heralded the beginning of the end of their wide spread Empire.

The Booker Prize winning Siege of Krishnapur is a good read, with something for everyone, including the most discerning reader.

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