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Lately I’ve been reading a lot about India. It started with Basil LubbocK’s “The Opium Clippers’ generated by my interest in all things maritime. Reading this book led at a tangent to  the opium wars and then to India.

Just finished Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis Trilogy which was quite entertaining then started Paul Scott’s Raj Quartet and by God can Scott write !? He leaves Ghosh and quite a few others (including E M Forster for dead)  he left school at 14 and did not matriculate. Both Ghosh and Forster were graduates indeed Ghosh is an Oxford D Phil and FRSL.

Just goes to show. You’ve either got it or you ain’t.

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  1. July 2, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Yes, some of he most turgid prose imaginable has been churned out by academics of great renown. And some less educated like C Dickens have also done it!

  2. July 3, 2015 at 8:37 am

    I don’t suppose Shakespeare went to ‘uni’ either.

    BTW never a great fan of Dickens.

  3. sheona
    July 3, 2015 at 9:11 am

    I agree about Paul Scott’s “Raj Quartet”, Jazz. I enjoy rereading it. Did you see any of the recent series set in Simla? I’ve forgotten the title, it made so little impression, but it was a pale imitation of “The Jewel in the Crown”.

  4. July 3, 2015 at 9:37 am

    sheona
    Did you see any of the recent series set in Simla? I’ve forgotten the title..

    I’ve forgotten the title too, it was pretty feeble I guess the folk with media studies degrees aren’t up to the job and lack life experience.

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