The Siege of Krishnapur
J. G. Farrell
New York Review, 2004 (1974)
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Reviewed by Rita Baumgartner
arrell 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.
he 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.
ased on historical facts, this masterpiece is part of a trilogy, which includes
, about the Irish Rebellion of 1916, and the
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.
Siege of Krishnapur
is a good read, with something for everyone, including the most discerning reader.
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