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The Siege of Krishnapur - J.G. Farrell

Young Farrell has done his research, and is perhaps a little over-zealous in exploiting opportunities to display his knowledge of Victorian warfare. Some of his grisly descriptions might have been spared. At times though, the narrative sparkles with good humour, irony and the flawed intelligence of interesting characters. Amateurish and overambitious as it sometimes seems, this book can't help coming to life in the personality of the Collector.