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a b Cyr, Diane (January 1988). "Ten inducted into Publishing Hall of Fame". Folio: The Magazine for Magazine Management. Archived from the original on June 23, 2006. Nat Wartels, founder, Crown Publishers, inducted for outstanding contributions to book publishing. Wartels' philosophy has been "to perceive what people in the marketplace want, and find the right author, art director and whoever else is needed to shape the book for the audience." With that, Wartels organized the bankrupt Outlet Book Company—which he bought for a few hundred dollars during the Depression—into highly successful Crown Publishing. There are two stories here, one within the other. The inner story is of a young Englishwoman named Daphne who immerses herself in India and the flow of history during the volatile period of 1942. The larger story is of the relationship between the colonizer and its subject, both yearning for India's freedom, yet unable to get it done.

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The book does an excellent job of depicting how Indians and the British looked at each other at the time of Partition. Nevertheless, from the very beginning you know pretty much who did what and even why. The book discusses the same events over and over again showing how the different characters saw these same events. It is interesting to see how the views diverge, however it IS repetitive.

Paul Scott was conscripted into the British Army as a private early in 1940, and all his novels draw on his experiences of India and service in the armed forces. They feature social privilege and class, oppression and racial strata within the British Empire. He always felt himself to be an outsider in his own country: Scott uses a host of characters to bring to life his vision of India. One scene in particular has and will haunt me for a long time. The image of a burning over turned car and the bludgeoned corpse of an Indian teacher and the British teacher Miss Crane sitting in the rain along side the road holding his unresponsive hand. This scene is a great example of Scott exploring the ripple effect of one event that leads to a tidal wave of more and more disastrous reaction. India is The Jewel in the Crown. It signified the Crown's most precious dominion of the Victorian era- its control, forced conformity, "civilizing" and exploitation of India. I too felt the pull. Teaching in an inner city school I was surrounded by children from many different cultures, the greatest group by far being those from Bangladesh, a country only formed in 1947, when India and Pakistan were partitioned. Bangladesh or East Pakistan was separate from the rest of Pakistan (West Pakistan), and the children I taught from these 3 countries were all very different from each other. In fact the children were also from different parts of India, from the Northern parts right down to Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka (which used to be called Ceylon when under Colonial rule). My colleagues variously went off to explore, hoping to find work locally and having verbal invitations galore from the families of the children we taught, to stay with them and share their lives. Work was easy to come by, provided one was happy to live the simple life, and this was a time when “aspirations” were more to do with experiencing variety, freedom of thought and options than acquisitiveness. Assimilating wealth was decidedly uncool.

The Crown: The official book of the hit Netflix series The Crown: The official book of the hit Netflix series

English is the language of a people who have probably earned their reputation for perfidy and hypocrisy because their language itself is so flexible, so often light-headed with with statements which appear to mean one thing one year and quite a different thing the next.” Paul Scott is not a writer I knew a great deal about (though thanks to my good chum Wikipedia I now know a bit more) but I’m deeply impressed with what I’ve read so far and will hunt down other books by him. Along either side of Siva's space, in the appropriate postures: Ludmila, who ferries the dead and understands, "For in this life, living, there is no dignity except perhaps laughter" (p.133). And Deputy Commissioner Robin White who understands "the moral drift of history" (p.342), and its matrix of "emotions," "ambitions," and "reactions." And his wife, who understood Daphne's motivations, and her sacrifice.

She had devoted her life, in a practical and unimportant way, trying to prove that fear was evil because it promoted prejudice, that courage was good because it was a sign of selflessness, that ignorance was bad because fear sprang from it, that knowledge was good because the more you knew of the world's complexity the more clearly you saw the insignificance of the part you played." joint venture with Leonine Holding, The Walt Disney Company, Bauer Media Group and Hubert Burda Media. This remarkable novel is not an easy read; inevitably difficult perhaps because we see a society where the prejudice is so endemic, even when those in power viewed themselves as “benevolent”. And because we are aware of the history following, we know it can only get worse. You can feel the underlying throbbing tensions throughout the read. We wince at the liberal-minded British, who come across as paternalistic, and patronising.



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