In the Spring of 1857, with India on the brink of a violent and bloody mutiny, Krishnapur is a remote town on the vast North Indian plain.
For the British there, life is orderly and genteel. Then the sepoys at the nearest military cantonment rise in revolt and the British community retreats with shock into the Residency.
They prepare to fight for their lives with what weapons they can muster.
As food and ammunition grow short, the Residency, its defences battered by shot and shell and eroded by the rains, becomes ever more vulnerable. The Siege of Krishnapur is a modern classic of narrative excitement that also digs deep to explore some fundamental questions of civilisation and life.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 01/07/1996
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781857994919
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Review by dylanwolf
Sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing, the Siege of Krishnapur pretty much lives up to its billing of the best Booker winner. It's a scathing indictment of the incompetencies of British colonialism. But, paradoxically this novel is also quite gentle and sympathetic to the flawed and fated individuals that maintained it. A rich setting and deep characterisations lead you to empathise and care for the victims of the seige as their predicament becomes more and more perilous.
Review by NeilDalley
Totally uninspired by this book and I cannot imagine how it ever won the Booker Prize. It has taken me months to make myself finish it as there was always something more interesting to read.
Review by Eyejaybee
I struggled to get into this novel and, i must confess, did not encounter a single empathetic character. There were certainly some funny epiosdes but the book was simply too disjointed to keep my attention.