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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,977 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. G. Farrell Narrator: Sam Dastor Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the Spring of 1857, with India on the brink of a violent and bloody mutiny, Krishnapur is a remote town on the vast North Indian plain. For the British there, life is orderly and genteel.

Then the sepoys at the nearest military cantonment rise in revolt and the British community retreats with shock into the Residency. They prepare to fight for their lives with what weapons they can muster. As food and ammunition grow short, the Residency, its defences battered by shot and shell and eroded by the rains, becomes ever more vulnerable. The Siege of Krishnapur is a modern classic of narrative excitement that also digs deep to explore some fundamental questions of civilisation and life.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paul | 2/17/2014

    " This is an excellent read and captures well the British in India in the nineteenth century with historical accuracy. There is great wit and humour in the book and some genuinely funny moments; however it is also a very brutal book with some grim scenarios. It captures well the British approach to empire in the characters of those caught in the siege and watching their gradual deterioration physically and mentally is fascinating. One of the characters has many antiques and artifacts from the Great Exhibition, which to him represent the future, rationalism and progress. Towards the end of the siege they are broken apart and used as cannon shot to fire at the natives/sepoys; a very clever reflection on modernity and progress. The changing role and perception of the women is very interesting and the futility of religion is well represented by the rather bizarre figure of the padre. A very stimulating read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rishi Garg | 2/15/2014

    " Written like a Victorian novel, I found myself waiting for the climax of the story, and for it to be, finally, some expression of the Indian/sepoy point of view. But instead, I was unsure what point of the novel was the climax and believe that while the British self-reflection on civilization was notable, that a book written in the 1970's and winning the Booker Prize may have included something more than what was traditionally found in 19th century novels. None of the characters were redemptive and it not seem as though they learned anything positive about colonialism from their experience. At any rate, the author is talented, though I feel as though he chose a safer path than he could have. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Pat Stearman | 2/13/2014

    " Gave up on this, too much waffle from the characters, not enough India and hardly any action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anshuman | 2/2/2014

    " The author had depicted the Indian Mutiny of 1857 and its travails of the British Empire in Indian hinterland with inexplicable and enjoyable blend of humour, maturity and spine-chilling sequel of events throughout the book.. an indispensable for those who want a beat-off from usual fiction work. It is an excellent fiction based on real happenning (and possibly drawn upon real characters emulated in Farrell's mould. "

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