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Title:The Day of the Scorpion
Format Type:Ebook
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Publisher:University of Chicago Press
ISBN:0226743411
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Number of Pages:493
Category:Historical fiction, Fiction, India, Historical

The Day of the Scorpion by Paul Scott

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Day of the Scorpion In The Day of the Scorpion Scott draws us deeper in to his epic of India at the close of World War II With force and subtlety he recreates both private ambition and perversity and the politics of an entire subcontinent at a turning point in history .

As the scorpion encircled by a ring of fire will sting itself to death so does the British raj hasten its own destruction when threatened by the flames of Indian independence Brutal repression and imprisonment of India s leaders cannot still the cry for home rule And in the midst of chaos the English Laytons withdraw from a world they no longer know to seek solace in denial drink and madness

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