STAYING ON. Paul Scott. The university of chicago press. Praise for STAYING ON. Staying On far transcends the events of its central action
STAYING ON. Staying On far transcends the events of its central action. Digging deeply within narrow boundaries, Scott gives us nothing less than a history of the 40-year marriage of an ill-assorted pair, often at odds yet deeply attached. The Smalleys are beautifully realized. should help win for Scott. the reputation he deserves-as one of the best novelists to emerge from Britain’s silver age. -Robert Towers, Newsweek.
view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. Scott creates real three dimensional characters who we have all known and creates moral dilemmas that show them for what they are. This series should be required reading for American State Department and the Military as Imperial America presumes the Americanization of the world.
Staying On is a novel by Paul Scott, which was published in 1977 and won the Booker Prize. Staying On focuses on Tusker and Lucy Smalley, who are briefly mentioned in the latter two books of the Raj Quartet, The Towers of Silence and A Division of the Spoils, and are the last British couple living in the small hill town of Pankot after Indian independence
Staying On is Paul Scott’s follow-up to the Raj Quartet. As I mentioned, the characters are quite eccentric and Scott portrays them as unique and odd without making them caricatures of his own pretension (Lila possibly excepted).
Staying On is Paul Scott’s follow-up to the Raj Quartet. Tusker and Lucy Smalley have elected to stay behind after the British Raj is disassembled and Scott picks up their story in 1972, when they are living in the lodge of the Smith hotel, without any other British citizens around them. They have a loyal servant, Ibrahim, who treats them much as they were treated when they were members of the Raj, and is probably the main reason they can still navigate life in India.
Book: Staying On. Author: Paul Scott. Colonel Tusker Smalley and Lucy put up at Smith’s hotel in a small hill – Pankot. Smith’s is owned by a notoriously self occupied, cold hearted and boisterous lady Mrs Bhoolabhoy.
Staying On far transcends the events of its central action. Scott's vision is both precise and painterly. the reputation he deserves-as one of the best novelists to emerge from Britain's silver ag. Like an engraver cross-hatching in the illusion of fullness, he selects nuances that will make his characters take on depth and poignancy. A graceful comic coda to the earlier song of India.
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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.
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