A Division of the Spoils by Paul Scott


The Raj Quartet (2): The Towers of Silence, A Division of the SpoilsThe Raj Quartet (2): The Towers of Silence, A Division of the Spoils by Paul Scott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The review of The Towers of Silence you can read here.

The title of the last part of The Raj Quartet series comes from Isaias’ proverb:

Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud.

The story describes the decamping of the British from India in the period of 1947-48. The main character is Guy Perron who became an observer of India on the eve of Independence.

There is a tragic event which describes the turbulent India-Pakistan partition thus ending this magnificent saga written by Paul Scott.

Only the first book of this series was dramatized at TV, The Jewel in the Crown (1984).

 

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