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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,702 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Scott Narrator: Richard Brown Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Raj Quartet Release Date:
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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 QuartetThe 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. 

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sherie | 2/19/2014

    " Saw the mini-series, then read the book. The author's purpose would seem to be rape, but it is more the telling of India on the brink of independence and how the British will do anything to blacken the image of the Indian people and therefore cast doubt on their ability to govern themselves. The world was definitely not ready to embrace people of color in any sense other than that they might be "saved" by the efforts of imperialistic/white nations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lori Baldi | 2/4/2014

    " This book is so wonderful. The whole series is fantastic but this and the final book are the best. You remember them always. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Igolder | 1/30/2014

    " A masterpiece. I would put this book on my top 100 for the 20th century. Though initially well reviewed (the 1966 New Yorker review called it an "artful triumph") its popularity soared after the Granada Television miniseries adaptation in 1984. Now it's 2012 and I feel it needs a push since my literary friends are all like, "who?" Paul Scott, that's who! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Helen | 1/11/2014

    " Set in the turbulent years during World War II Britain is struggling to hold onto to her most precious possession the colony of India. But the nation of Indian is seething with unrest and violence due to racial hatred and the class differences. A world waiting to explode. In the midst of all this a young English nurse and her Indian lover fight their own battles. A compelling story that will evoke feelings of pity and admiration for both. "

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