Bought 05 Jun 2009 – Sensible Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye

The companion piece to the Raj Quartet, looking at what happened to those Raj characters who stayed on in India after Independence.  A slimmer volume than the quartet and a bit of an easier read, although like the Quartet it takes one or two episodes and investigates them from all angles and viewpoints.  We find minor Quartet characters Tusker and Lucy aging ungracefully at Smith’s Hotel with only the smallest of English communities around them.  News comes of more central characters, obliquely, and the whole is bittersweet and elegiac.  A good and wistful read.

Will register on BookCrossing as I didn’t keep any of the Quartet, and will release unless anyone reading this would particularly like a go with it.