Big Readers Forum Index

The free forums are now under new ownership, a full announcement will be made shortly

The Jewel in the Crown/Indian Summers
Page Previous  1, 2, 3
 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Big Readers Forum Index -> Adaptations, books read on radio, etc.
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Castorboy



Joined: 22 Nov 2008
Posts: 1798


Location: Castor Bay Auckland NZ

PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greetings Joe, I am going to start The Day of the Scorpion at the weekend - I really want to meet up with Merrick again and hear his opinion of the Mayapore riots. Although Scott has to introduce many characters in this saga, I'm sure I will remember each one as they appear, or in this case, reappear in the story. I suppose it's because I am familiar with multi-volume novels.


Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Joe McWilliams



Joined: 10 Feb 2012
Posts: 658


Location: Canada

PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2016 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to have you back on the job, Castorboy. I have been steaming along and am now 200 pages into A Division of the Spoils. I look forward to reading your comments on The Day of the Scorpion. I'll keep mum for the time being. Don't want to ruin your fun.


Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
chris-l



Joined: 27 Nov 2008
Posts: 727



PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joe McWilliams wrote:
Yes, when will Chris reappear? According to my calculations, she departed on holiday June 9. Didn't say where she was going. Surely not India? If so, all is forgiven : )

I'm afraid I can't wait for her. I'm just finished The Towers of Silence and will begin A Division of the Spoils this evening. The devil drives, as they say, and I must be on my way.


It has taken a long time! I abandoned the Raj Quartet for more portable works when I went off to France, and did not take it up again immediately on my return (I was quite frankly too depressed at post-Brexit 'Little England' to give serious attention to anything at all), but eventually, I immersed myself once again, and since have been totally involved in the world Paul Scott created. I have found it to be totally absorbing, and now that I am about halfway through The Division of the Spoils, I am beginning to rather dread arriving at the end! So much so, that I am beginning to think that I may want to move on to Staying On, which I believe involves Lucy and Tusker, two characters who have appeared in the quartet.

In many ways, I have enjoyed the experience of reading this series too much to feel capable of making an objective assessment of the books. Maybe a little space may be needed before I can begin to really collect my thoughts. The impression I have at this moment is of a wonderful collection of characters, some of them sympathetic, others far from likeable, but all set against a background of circumstances not of their making, which sometimes force them into actions or reactions which would not be their natural choice. In many ways, the characters seem more important than the momentous events which form the background to their personal drama, which would seem, superficially, to be the wrong balance, but, I cannot help but feel, is perhaps the best way to view life.

Well, I still have a little way to go before I reach the end of the series. I doubt if my thoughts will be much clearer then than now, but I am absolutely certain that the ideas and dilemmas raised in the novels will stay with me for a long time to come.


Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Joe McWilliams



Joined: 10 Feb 2012
Posts: 658


Location: Canada

PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So........Chris and Castorboy. Any final thoughts? Did you finish The Raj Quartet?


Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
chris-l



Joined: 27 Nov 2008
Posts: 727



PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I can only speak for myself, but, yes, I finished The Raj Quartet. I found myself very caught up by the characters and the events, and was left feeling very empty once I reached the end. In many ways, it seemed to me that it said as much about British society in the 1930s and 1940s as it did about India at the same period. The prejudices and attitudes, the snobbishness and narrowness, all reflected that time in history.

I was very impressed by this series of novels. I had not previously given Paul Scott a great deal of thought, but he now strikes me as a significant writer. Sadly, I do not believe there are many other examples of his work, although I look forward to reading Staying On before too long.


Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Big Readers Forum Index -> Adaptations, books read on radio, etc. All times are GMT
Page Previous  1, 2, 3
Page 3 of 3

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2002 phpBB Group
Big Readers Theme by Mike Alexander
Based on Artemis by Vjacheslav Trushkin
Create your own free forum | Buy a domain to use with your forum