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The Raj Quartet, Volume 3: The Towers of Silence (Phoenix Fiction) (original 1971; edition 1998)
by Paul Scott
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0380441985, Mass Market Paperback)The third novel of a quartet set in India which began with "The Jewel in the Crown". As the war enters its last bitter stage, the English wives, daughters, mothers and widows of officers embroiled in the ongoing conflict gather in Pankot, their old beliefs and assumptions seriously threatened.
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Mabel, Layton, doyenne of Pankot society, retreats altogether to the tranquillity of her rose garden and her inner vision of India--taking with her Barbie Batchelor as her companion. Both are shaken in their belief of the old order of things, which Captain Merrick and the British Military vainly struggle to uphold the myth of British invincibility in the face of irreversible change.
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