India, 1857 - the year of the Great Mutiny, when Muslim soldiers turned in bloody rebellion on their British overlords. This time of convulsion is the subject of The Siege of Krishnapur, widely considered to the one of the finest British novels of the last 50 years. A witty and individual take on the many traditions and follies of Empire, it is also a gripping account of survival under siege, illuminating how extreme conditions can influence and affect people's behaviour and the human spirit.
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A listener follows Brendan Archer, a major in the British Army, to County Wicklow in Ireland, where he is supposed to meet the woman he thinks he will marry. When his plans do not turn out quite as he imagined, he decides to stay on at The Majestic - a crumbling coastal hotel - which holds a strange charm and many eccentric, often amusing, inhabitants.
"A nearly perfect short, lyrical book"
This month's issue includes three complete articles: ""The Wisdom of Deliberate Mistakes," "Avatar Based Marketing," and "Profiting from the Long Tail." Plus, you'll hear OnPoint summaries of three articles: "Eager Sellers and Stony Buyers: Understanding the Psychology of New Product Adoption," "Leadership Run Amok: The Destructive Potential of Overachievers," and "Off Sites That Work." Finally, there are Executive Summaries of the three remaining articles.