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The Empire Trilogy by J.G. Farrell
Dec 01, 2010 | ISBN 9781590174760

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“Farrell’s writing is well worth rediscovering. Sardonic, generous, eccentric and sad, it
seems as original now as it must have done in the 1970s, before successive waves of historical
and post-colonial fiction dampened the memory of Farrell’s achievements in this line.
His ‘trilogy’ is concerned with the gap between imperial ideals and imperial practice–with
the idea that ‘a nation,’ as one of his characters comes to suspect, ‘does not create itself
according to its own best ideas, but is shaped by other forces, of which it has little knowledge.’
Yet the novels are never earnest or pompous. On the contrary, they are often
extremely funny, combining vivid historical backdrops with an ironic, absurd sense of
humour pitched somewhere between P G Wodehouse and Samuel Beckett.” -Christopher
Tayler, The New Statesmen

“In the post-Warhol world, where any wannabe can grab 15 minutes of literary fame,
it’s a rare writer indeed whose reputation is still growing 30 years after his death. All the
more reason to raise a glass to JG Farrell…Farrell’s gift was the ability to immerse himself
so thoroughly in his worlds, whether early 20th-century Ireland or mid-19th century
India, that he never seems to preach as he tackles the big issues of race, culture and class.
His drowning at 44 came when his star was at its height, after decades toiling away in
obscurity. It is wonderful that his writing is winning new admirers.” -The Guardian

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