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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (106 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Scott Narrator: Sam Dastor Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN:
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In the India of 1942, two rapes take place simultaneously - that of an English girl in Mayapore, and that of India by the British. In each, physical violence, racial animosity, the coercion of the weak by the strong all play their part, but playing a part too are love, affection, loyalty, and recognition that the last division of all to be overcome is the colour of the skin. The whole spectrum of Anglo-Indian relations is vividly evoked in a brilliant assessment of emotions, personal clashes and historical reasons that eventually prised India - the jewel in the Imperial Crown - from its setting.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 N. Lafave | 4/7/2013

    " Among my favorties "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Achhireddy | 1/12/2012

    " I loved all the books of the Raj Quartet! I came to them after watching the BBC mini-series of the same name, and it was so fascinating, I just had to read the books. Within the first paragraph is one of the most memorable lines I've encountered in prose. Look for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 4/21/2011

    " This is an impossibly long book about India during the time of colonial rule, that once I was through the four books I was so sorry to see end :-( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mckayd229 | 3/20/2011

    " Good insight into the Raj during the waning days of British rule. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dan | 1/15/2011

    " rough ride. i was interested, and i hung in there, but i won't be moving on to book 2 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 1/4/2011

    " Wonderful characters, compelling story, lots to think about--but I thought the writing was dense and difficult--a bit of a slog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arieltsmith | 1/3/2011

    " Set in the twilight of the British Raj during WWII, this book tells of the rape of an English woman in the town of Mayapore from seven perspectives. The book is beautifully, lyrically written and each section is equally engaging as the others. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 10/5/2010

    " Loved it. Tells of two tragic events toward the end of the British occupation of India, from the viewpoints of many individuals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philip | 5/18/2010

    " Wonderful, but sufficient. I did not three more. "

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About the Narrator

Sam Dastor studied English at Cambridge and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His early theatrical experience includes a spell at the National Theatre under Sir Laurence Olivier and time spent acting in the West End. For the Royal Shakespeare Company, he has been seen in Timon of Athens, Tales from Ovid, and a world tour of A Servant to Two Masters. His many television appearances include I, Claudius; Yes, Minister; Mountbatten; Julius Caesar; and Fortunes of War. He has also appeared in the films Made, Jinnah, and Such a Long Journey, recorded over a thousand broadcasts for the BBC, and narrated numerous audio books.