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The work is thus domesticated, read as psychological, philosophical, symbolic. Eliot, but in a geographically defined context, an Anglo- Indian ghetto outside the mainstream of British fiction, following Kipling, whom Scott confessed — or boasted — he had never been able to read,12 and A Passage to India, which by he had only read three times, 13 or beside such divers contemporaries as Prawer Jhabvala, Masters and Godden.
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Anglo-Indian fiction is defined by a neat separation of form from content and the assumed dominance of the latter. Sivaramasubramonia Aiyer, ed. Menon et al. Daniel Massa Msida: University of Malta, , p. For, in the end, what was decided by governments depended upon their response to a whole series of pressures, some of them no doubt at least in theory identifiable and even quantifiable, others, however, much less easy to grasp and define.
What the British thought and felt about India between and was the product of a great many personal experiences of civilians and soldiers, of businessmen and reporters, of missionaries and policemen For these reasons, the role of the novelist in exploring the relationship between the two peoples has always been a crucial one; and novels are an historical source that we are only now beginning to exploit. For the novelist has the freedom to present the circumstances of the case, and through his personages to evoke either directly or through symbolic reference the complex of feelings, physical and moral, that go to make up the experience as a whole.
Is there a version of the events themselves that the author keeps in reserve and never wholly reveals, so that all we ever get are the conflicting versions of the participants in them, or of those who get to know about them through the gossip of a club or bazaar? Moore treats language as a transparent medium that reliably conveys the experiences and opinions of divers observers, which added together will amount to a composite truth.
Throughout Moore implies the size of history dictated the size of the book, that as Scott saw how complex it all was he was forced into extending his narrative.
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Only two of his first eight novels deal predominantly with the subcontinent. It just needed some little valedictory thing. The dialogue, in an unconvincing American idiom, resembles something a computer might produce if fed an unremitting diet of Clifford Odets. Another radio play offshoot, The Alien Sky , is a violent melodrama of adultery and mixed blood which exploits the drama of Indian Independence rather than treating it seriously. After its deficiencies, at least A Male Child , set in post-war London, has the virtue of authenticity.
As if to escape its drab introspection, Scott returned to the oriental war genre for The Mark of the Warrior The Chinese Love Pavilion , though more ambitious, is also a military adventure set mainly in Malaysia. The Bender is a satiric, cynical, panorama of London. Had Scott himself died at this point he could not have been described as pre-occupied by the Raj. A brief trip to India in , his first for eighteen years, was the stimulus for The Raj Quartet.
While Johnnie Sahib was autobiographical, a dictation from and amplification of sharp memory, the experience that inspired The Raj Quartet — his visit to an Indian village where he became uncomfortably aware of his latent racism — was meditated on the mediated through a text which is not an evocation but an extended metaphor of experience, laboriously researched at his English desk. Its India is read more than remembered — an absent turbulent political landscape 24 Ibid.
Every man is an inlet to the same and to all of the same…What Plato had thought, he may think; what a saint has felt, he may feel; what at any time has befallen any man, he can understand. From Kumar I have inherited it. And feel almost as if I had been there. This consideration must surely tell us that all living things were not made for men.
Safe enough. I had been quite serious. She thought this had an effect on the people who lived there always. Lacking this dimension was what Sarah supposed came of living on a tiny island. The empire may be redeemed into a harmonious commonwealth when those in the ex-imperial power examine their motives and realise that reality is not as their conventions have led them to see it, but is complex and various.
Guy faces the same sense of disjunction as Scott, Jim, Tom and Daphne: Just as there seemed to be no connexion between the India he was in and the India that was in his head there was no connection either between paper and pencil and the page remained ominously blank. Scott wrote the two thousand pages of The Raj Quartet, but each is motivated and underpinned by creative doubt.
However, it should not be equated with a withdrawal into insular silence, a distinction made in The Corrida at San Feliu: A man called Biddle who was a missionary… had strange dreams that drove him mad. He should have said: Now I can begin to make discoveries. Biddle, freed of his dreams of imperial mission, could enjoy untroubled peace, but the greater challenge is to explore the alien with uncertainty and openness, with a page ominously blank, not to exploit, consume or judge, but to make discoveries which will thus also be self-discoveries, not those of privileged metalinguistic description.
I was English… I was the raj, the elusive father image, and I insulted them by counting it all cheap when circumstances caused them to hold it dear.
Then he pulled himself together. Was his intention to become my duty? In A Male Child the here and now have all but ceased to matter: most of the characters feel trapped in unfulfilling jobs, the narrator considers suicide, while Rex Coles thinks — and some readers might be forgiven for ageing — that it would be a good thing if the bomb was dropped and killed them all.
As Patrick Swinden points out, Scott [would] make more subtle and more consistently powerful use of this device of substitution… in The Birds of Paradise, The Corrida at San Feliu, and, most brilliantly of all, in The Quartet. There it becomes a remarkably subtle method of linking narratives at a level far beneath the crude patternings of the plot. In A Male Child, though, the substitution is the plot. Scott shows no interest in any complementary relationship between sisters…59 If there is no blood relationship in the most deeply explored example then sadism must be the theme; that it may exist between brothers is accidental.
Any sense of self nurtured by stable familial, particularly filial, relationships is further undermined by colonialism, as children at English boarding schools are separated from parents who are separated, too, he on the plains, she in the hills. While Kipling is the emotional chronicler of such necessities, they attract Scott as ready-made modernist plots.
Daphne and Hari are orphans too, as, effectively, is their child Parvati. Barbie is celibate, Lucy and Tusker childless. The moulds were cast. They only had to be serviced, filled with molten sub-standard iron of inherited good intentions and upended to produce little tombstones of inferior, repeat performances. Though their narrative strategies are opposite, both novels undermine the initial attraction of their titles by revealing the paradoxes motivating them. In Johnnie Sahib Britons and sepoys share time and space in an air supply company advancing through Burma. Not if I can help it anyway.
It is just that everyone is unsettled. We should be back in Comitarla, working as in the old days Sir. What is the meaning of this?
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Name and personal identity are subservient to rank. After all, the move to Prulli represents a military victory, the success of their work at Comitarla.
The conflict… came closer to the surface. Win it! It had never been so before and in his anger he found himself cheering derisively whenever one of them fluffed the ball. Suddenly he turned away and left them. His own, surely, was the greatest? To alter that would be to prove the Major wrong.