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The siege of Krishnapur

By: Farrell, J.G.

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1857994914 / 9781857994919
Paperback
823.914
01/07/1996
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England
Historic novels
20 cm 320 p.
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1973.
The Siege of Krishnapur won the Booker Prize, modern fiction's most prestigious award The best known of all J G Farrell's novels New edition to include Reading Notes Reissued with a wonderful new cover treatment 'A novel of quite outstanding quality' The Times 'For a novel to be witty is one thing, to tell a good story is another, to be serious is yet another, but to be all three is surely enough to make it a masterpiece' New Statesman 'His brilliance of style places him beside such masters of the modern novel as Patrick White and Saul Bellow' Olivia Manning

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.

BIC:

FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Prizes:

W 1973 Booker Prize for Fiction

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