The Raj Quartet

5 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 413 ratings

The Jewel in the Crown Publisher's Summary

The first volume in Paul Scott's historical tour-de-force opens in 1942 as the British fear both Japanese invasion and Indian demands for self-rule. In the Mayapore gardens, Daphne Manners, daughter of the provincial governor, leaves her Indian lover, who will soon be arrested for her alleged rape.

©2010 Paul Scott (P)2010 Random House
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  • Book 1

    • The Jewel in the Crown

    • The Raj Quartet, Book 1
    • By: Paul Scott
    • Narrated by: Richard Brown
    • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 56
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    The first volume in Paul Scott's historical tour-de-force opens in 1942 as the British fear both Japanese invasion and Indian demands for self-rule. In the Mayapore gardens, Daphne Manners, daughter of the provincial governor, leaves her Indian lover, who will soon be arrested for her alleged rape.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Superb writing, subverted by spiritless narration

    • By mgale on 10-13-10

    Regular price: $45.50

    • The Jewel in the Crown

    • Raj Quartet
    • By: Paul Scott
    • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
    • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 139

    In the India of 1942, two rapes take place simultaneously - that of an English girl in Mayapore, and that of India by the British. In each, physical violence, racial animosity, the coercion of the weak by the strong all play their part, but playing a part too are love, affection, loyalty, and recognition that the last division of all to be overcome is the colour of the skin.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Audio Book!

    • By Thomas on 11-07-11

    Regular price: $23.44

  • Book 2

    • The Day of the Scorpion

    • The Raj Quartet, Book 2
    • By: Paul Scott
    • Narrated by: Richard Brown
    • Length: 22 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64

    The second novel in The Raj Quartet: the arrest by British police of Mohammed Ali Kasim, who is known to sympathise with the Quit India movement, signifies a further deterioration in Anglo-India relations. For families such as the Laytons, who have lived and served in India for generations, the immediate social and political realities are both disturbing and tragic. With growing confusion and bewilderment, the British are forced to confront the violent and often brutal years that lie ahead.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Timeless classic, disastrous narrator choice

    • By Timothy on 12-10-12

    Regular price: $45.50

  • Book 3

    • The Towers of Silence

    • The Raj Quartet, Book 3
    • By: Paul Scott
    • Narrated by: Richard Brown
    • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    This volume follows the fates of the Laytons and a retired missionary teacher, all of whom can foresee the end of the Raj - and both welcome and lament its passing.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great insights and very well read. part 3 of 4.

    • By Elizabeth on 06-19-16

    Regular price: $38.50

  • Book 4

    • A Division of the Spoils

    • The Raj Quartet, Book 4
    • By: Paul Scott
    • Narrated by: Richard Brown
    • Length: 28 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    After exploiting India's divisions for years, the British depart in such haste that no one is prepared for the Hindu-Muslim riots of 1947.

    Against the backdrop of the violent partition of India and Pakistan, this volume sketches one last bittersweet romance, revealing the divided loyalties of the British as they flee, retreat from, or cling to India.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A long story

    • By Susan on 09-25-16

    Regular price: $45.50