By J. G. Farrell
A darkly funny photograph of the follies of empire, nonetheless as correct as ever, The Siege of Krishnapur is assumed through many to be J. G. Farrell's most interesting booklet. Set in India in 1857 (the yr of the nice Mutiny, while the Indian sepoys rose in bloody uprising opposed to their complacent British overlords), Farrell's novel matters a distant Victorian outpost within the subcontinent. Rumors of strife clear out in from afar, however the colonial neighborhood is still convinced of its enhanced values, tradition, and, after all, army energy - that's, until eventually it truly is really less than siege. Then gaping cracks start to open within the veneer of civilization.
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