Staying On

Staying On

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In this sequel to The Raj Quartet, Colonel Tusker and Lucy Smalley stay on in the hills of Pankot after Indian independence deprives them of their colonial status. Finally fed up with accommodating her husband, Lucy claims a degree of independence herself. Eloquent and hilarious, she and Tusker act out class tensions among the British of the Raj and give voice to the loneliness, rage, and stubborn affection in their marriage. Staying On won the Booker Prize in 1977 and was made into a motion picture starring Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson in 1979. qStaying On far transcends the events of its central action. . . . [The work] should help win for Scott . . . the reputation he deservesa€”as one of the best novelists to emerge from Britain's silver€”Robert Towers, Newsweek qScott's vision is both precise and painterly. Like an engraver cross-hatching in the illusion of fullness, he selects nuances that will make his characters take on depth and€”Jean G. Zorn, New York Times Book Review qA graceful comic coda to the earlier song of India. . . . No one writing knows or can evoke an Anglo-Indian setting better than€”Paul Gray, Time qStaying On provides a sort of postscript to [Scott's] deservedly acclaimed The Raj Quartet. . . . He has, as it were, summoned up the Raj's ghost in Staying On. . . . It is the story of the living death, in retirement, and the final end of a walk-on character from the quartet. . . . Scott has completed the task of covering in the form of a fictional narrative the events leading up to India's partition and the achievement of independence in 1947. It is, on any showing, a creditable€”Malcolm Muggeridge, New York Times Book ReviewIndeed, I cana#39;t. You are the master of the house. On the other hand I am the mistress. And it is usual for the mistress to decide ... master does not like it therea#39;s mostly nothing he can do about it unless he happens to have a talent for shopping and cooking which Ia#39;m afraid you havena#39;t. ... If you insist on having a poached egg for lunch I am prepared to poach it for you myself in order not to see several eggsanbsp;...

Title:Staying On
Author:Paul Scott
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2013-02-11


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