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Staying On By Paul Scott Staying On Tusker and Lily Smalley stayed on in India Given the chance to return home when Tusker once a Colonel in the British Army retired they chose instead to remain in the small hill town of Pangkot wit

  • Title: Staying On
  • Author: Paul Scott
  • ISBN: 9780099443193
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Paperback
  • Staying On By Paul Scott Tusker and Lily Smalley stayed on in India Given the chance to return home when Tusker, once a Colonel in the British Army, retired, they chose instead to remain in the small hill town of Pangkot, with its eccentric inhabitants and archaic rituals left over from the days of the Empire Only the tyranny of their landlady, the imposing Mrs Bhoolabhoy, threatens to upset tTusker and Lily Smalley stayed on in India Given the chance to return home when Tusker, once a Colonel in the British Army, retired, they chose instead to remain in the small hill town of Pangkot, with its eccentric inhabitants and archaic rituals left over from the days of the Empire Only the tyranny of their landlady, the imposing Mrs Bhoolabhoy, threatens to upset the quiet rhythm of their days.Both funny and deeply moving, Staying On is a unique, engrossing portrait of the end of an empire and of a forty year love affair.
    Staying On By Paul Scott

    Staying On TV Movie Dec , Directed by Silvio Narizzano With Trevor Howard, Celia Johnson, Saeed Jaffrey, Pearl Padamsee A british colonel and his wife decide to remain in Staying On Staying On Rotten Tomatoes Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson, the stars of the classic British romantic drama Brief Encounter , were reunited in the TV special Staying On Adapted from the novel by Paul Scott, this Staying On Trevor Howard, Celia Johnson The Raj Quartet left many of the characters we d come to know and love in the air Without Staying On , what became of those people after the closing of the Quartet would never be known, but that is not a worry with this film Sarah Layton and the others did survive and move on Staying On A Novel Phoenix Fiction Scott, Paul Staying On is a swiftly told account of the last days of a minor character from that work, which somehow manages to be mostly comic It is an enjoyable read, and something of a palette cleaner for those who feel overwhelmed or bereft when the experience of reading the Raj Quartet is over. Staying On Paul Scott YouTube Jun , The television adaptation by Granada Television of Paul Scott s novel Staying On It is sometimes referred to as a sequel to his tetralogy The Jewel in the Crown In fact, only the minor Staying On by Paul Scott Jan , Staying On is Paul Scott s follow up to the Raj Quartet Tusker and Lucy Smalley have elected to stay behind after the British Raj is disassembled and Scott picks up their story in , when they are living in the lodge of the Smith hotel, without any other British citizens around them. Stay On Definition of Stay On by Merriam Webster Stay on definition is to continue to work at a job How to use stay on in a sentence to continue to work at a job to continue taking a medication, drug, etc. Stay on Idioms by The Free Dictionary to remain on something, such as a horse, road, stool, etc The first time I rode, I could hardly stay on the horse It was so slippery that I had trouble staying on Staying Synonyms, Staying Antonyms Thesaurus Another word for staying Find ways to say staying, along with related words, antonyms and example phrases at Thesaurus, the world s most trusted free thesaurus.

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    1. Chrissie on said:

      I presumed, incorrectly, that this book would be about individuals who had come to love India and for this reason didn t want to return to Britain when India was given independence I mistakenly guessed that India and Indians had become dear to them, a place and a people they couldn t bear to part with, and so they simply couldn t leave Once I realized my error, I had to readjust all that I had expected to draw from the book This book is about individuals who are British through and through They [...]

    2. Kiera Healy on said:

      I m surprised by the relatively low rating of this novel, as it s the best book I ve read in a while It tells the story of Tusker and Lucy Smalley, an impoverished, retired colonel and his wife, who have stayed on in India after the end of the Raj, and now find themselves the only white people in their locale As Tusker s health worsens, Lucy must confront her thoughts about widowhood in independent India There s also a small cast of Indian characters, including their servant Ibrahim, and the cou [...]

    3. Andrea on said:

      I really enjoyed this 1970s era Man Booker Prize winner It s a small story, but one that has been written to perfectly capture the time, the place and the circumstances of Tusker and Lucy Smalley here an elderly couple, but previously younger minor characters in Paul Scott s Raj Quartet novels Staying On is like a sequel to the Quartet, but it stands very happily on its own And it s really quite funny, but with some sad, tender moments.We meet the Smalleys when they have already been married and [...]

    4. Courtney H. on said:

      Memo to Kingsley Amis This is how you write a book about aging that is comic, eccentric, and touching without looking like you re trying too hard Plus, the cover of my copy has an awesome reference to Now a Major Grenada TV Drama sadly, the publication company is Grenada so it refers to that, not to the country of Grenada, but still I was surprised by how much I liked this book It takes place in post independence India and centers largely on the twilight of two expatriots, Tusker and Lucy, who h [...]

    5. Kressel Housman on said:

      To explain this book, I m going to quote something I heard in a movie review on Pop Culture Happy Hour for a work completely unconnected with this one your parents marriage does not settle into simplicity That observation was made regarding the movie 45 Years, which is about an aging couple, but it s just as fitting for this book, which is also about an aging couple Tusker and Lucy Smalley were minor characters in The Raj Quartet, but unlike most Brits, they stayed on in India after Independence [...]

    6. John on said:

      SO in India after the Raj are Col Tusker Smalley and his wife Lucy Their circumstances are straightened after 40 years of marriage The likes of the Smalleys are the backbone of the British Empire they are professional also rans But this lack of ambition is perfected to an art form They are aptly named Lucy s maiden name is Little It is contrasted with the vulgar, thrusting ambitions of the Indian nouveu riche who pick up the mantle left by the Imperial rulers, aping many of the British ways but [...]

    7. James Murphy on said:

      I ve known about Staying On for a long time I d had it recommended to me than once The copy I ve finally read and finished today was given to me I m grateful for everyone s insistence and for the gift because now I, too, have discovered what a warm, touching, yet powerful novel it is.Following India s independence, Tusker, a colonel in the British army, retired He and his wife, Lucy, decided to stay in India rather than return to England Their decision his, really was largely economic Besides f [...]

    8. Quirkyreader on said:

      This was a good ending to the Raj Quartet But be warned The ending is very sad.

    9. Albert on said:

      This novel operates at a lot of different levels It is multi layered, rich The current plot is intricate and woven together with a back story that has the feel of someone looking back, reflecting, digesting Tusker and Lucy are a couple in the final stages in life with all of the baggage and ruts that can come with a long marriage But there is love there, somewhere, some type There is also love of place, India, but is it love of British India, before the Raj, or of current day India or some mixtu [...]

    10. Roger Pettit on said:

      Staying On by Paul Scott was published in 1977 It won what is still the most prestigious prize for fiction writing in the UK then known simply as The Booker Prize, now known as The Man Booker Prize and the dust jacket of the edition that I have just read is replete with praise from such literary luminaries as poet Philip Larkin I regret to say that I simply fail to see what all the fuss is about Staying On is just about OK, but is really no better than that Given its reputation, it is a deeply d [...]

    11. Drahcir10001 on said:

      I ran out of books to read while on holiday in Goa and this was one of the few english titles on a shelf of books left behind by previous guests Had no expectation whatsoever and I loved it Slight but well written, the two main characters superbly voiced, no gimmicks or twists Can t think of anyone I know who would choose to read a rambling uneventful tale about an old couple who decide to stay on in India post Empire however if you have spare time on your hands it is an affectionate portrait of [...]

    12. mark monday on said:

      Staying On won the Booker Prize but I just don t get why it got the prize instead of any of the books within the The Raj Quartet it is basically an addendum to that amazing piece of literature still, a nice addendum.

    13. Tariq Mahmood on said:

      The book gets better and better as it progresses slowly through a week in the life of the two main characters The characters present various analogies with a bankrupt and weakened Raj What didn t surprise me was the respect locals still had for their once masters 30 odd years after the Independence Even now most people of Indian subcontinent speak favorably of the British Raj I think the main reason is their superior sense of justice Even if the British were also elitist but their implementation [...]

    14. Irene on said:

      I read this book as part of a GR group dedicated to reading award winning fiction I did not realize that this was a sequel to a quartet when I started it Although this is a stand alone novel, I felt as if I was walking in on the tail end of a conversation Set in the early 1970s in a small Indian town that had once been an outpost for British civil servants in the colonial era, it focuses on a retired couple who chose to stay in India after Independence, but continued to live as colonial Brits It [...]

    15. Sean Madden on said:

      It s been nearly a decade since I read Paul Scott s The Raj Quartet I read the first two novels in Beate Ruhm von Oppen s preceptorial at St John s College, Annapolis during the final semester of my first M.A program Before finishing the program in December 2003, I also bought the remaining two novels as well as Scott s Booker Prize winning coda to The Raj Quartet, Staying On.I took these books with me when I moved that Christmas to England With the momentum of The Jewel in the Crown and The Day [...]

    16. Realini on said:

      Staying On by Paul ScottIf not marvelous, at least a very good readAfter a trip to Central America, in the company of Holliwell and his buddies from A Flag for sunrise, by the fabulous Robert Stone, here I am, taking another ride, into post imperial India, with Lilly, Tusker and a few charming characters.Staying On does not have an exciting plot to keep me hooked and at times I did wonder why I am reading this.But the author is an excellent writer and kept this reader going in spite of his idio [...]

    17. Manik Sukoco on said:

      This is a humorously affectionate sequel to Paul Scott s intriguing account of life in India under British colonial rule between 1942 and eventual independence in 1947 We meet Colonel Tusker Smalley Indian Army Rtd who has elected to stay on at the old hill station of Pankot The novel begins at the end, with Tusker s death in 1972 We meet the Bhoolabhoys, owners of Smith s, the hotel where Tusker and his wife Lucy, occupy an annexe or small bungalow The formidable and rich Mrs Bhoolabhoy is the [...]

    18. Hugh on said:

      I m still working my way through the list of Booker winners, and this one is the best I have read for some time It is a poignant, tragicomic portrait of an ageing couple of British colonial functionaries effectively stranded in an old Indian hill station after staying on at independence It mixes vibrant descriptions and comic set pieces with reflections on the legacy of the Raj and the nature of independent India.

    19. Lukrezia Cosimo on said:

      I loved this book, not just because it s about India and the British connection with India The way Paul Scott paints his main characters, Tusker and Lucy, shows such sensitivity and such humanity The minor characters are well drawn too, particularly Ibrahim, the servant, always being sacked only to be reinstated a few hours later, the impossible Mrs Bhoolabhoy and her weak husband, and the Anglo Indian, Susie There s a lot of humour, and Scott manages to convey so many subtleties about the diffe [...]

    20. Travis Gomez on said:

      Maybrick was entirely within his rights to say it was Mabel layton, and that it would have been highly macabre for him to have nominated himself, even though he was the last person, and will remain so as there is no room Like the small churchyard in pankot which could no longer accomodate any bodies, so too was the attitude towards the British who decided to stay on after the Raj had faded away This was Paul Scott s last novel and is chronologically set after the events of the arak Quartet and [...]

    21. Zuberino on said:

      A solid novel, though entirely forgotten in the four decades since it won the Booker Prize Funnily enough, it was the third Raj novel in five years to win the prize, the earlier ones being Ruth Prawer Jhabvala s Heat and Dust and JG Farrell s The Siege of Krishnapur In terms of longevity, I suppose Farrell s novel has proved to be the most enduring of the three, although of course Scott himself wrote that famous quartet which to this day stands as the ultimate literary monument to the Raj.Anyway [...]

    22. Beth on said:

      When Tusker Smalley died of a massive coronary at approximately 9.30 a.m on the last Monday in April, 1972, his wife Lucy was out, having her white hair blue rinsed and set in the Seraglio Room on the ground floor of Pankot s new five storey glass and concrete hotel, The Shiraz.These are the opening lines of Paul Scott s sequel to The Raj Quartet, which, having just so enjoyed reading about the end of Tusker and Lucy s life together, I will have to read to learn about their earlier days Staying [...]

    23. Val Penny on said:

      I went to a marvelous English Literature course run by Anne Scott, lecturer at Glasgow University, Scotland At the end, one of the other students, who was moving house, was giving away some of her books Just what I needed books I could not resist, and this was one of the books I chose I had read The Raj Quartet by Paul Scott many years ago, so when I saw his book Staying On, I thought I would enjoy it I was right Paul Scott was born in London, England in 1920 He died in 1978 Scott served in the [...]

    24. Val on said:

      1977The novel opens with the death of Lt Col Tusker Smalley Retd in Pankot, India He and his wife, Lucy, had stayed on after independence and were the last British residents of the small former hill station The narrative then goes back in time and shows their marriage and their lives before and after independence Society has changed very little, apart from the fact that the faces are brown and the economy is black the author s phrase for widespread corruption , and Lucy feels just as upset when [...]

    25. Saadi on said:

      Brilliantly written funny, heartbreaking and delicate in equal measures The novel tackles the complex issues of race and class struggles in post colonial India, as well as the broader question of what it means to be home It is easily one of the best books I have come across in my 2016 reading spree.I felt like I was reading a book by Henry James or George Eliot The novel is a well deserved Booker Prize winner.

    26. Corey on said:

      The theme of this book reminded me a lot of the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel A British retiree couple lives in India to save costs and because they love it The cultural differences separating them from their surroundings provides for some comic relief That s it Simple, straightforward.

    27. Jason Fernandes on said:

      Staying On by Paul Scott is a wonderful little novel, a Booker Prize Winner and, having read Scott s Raj Quartet, a novel that has changed what I thought of Scott s writing.Staying On is, in a way, a sequel to the Raj Quartet But do you need to read the Raj Quartet first It s a difficult question to answer Staying On takes place in the same location, Pankot, where some significant parts of the Raj Quartet take place and includes references to key locations within the town that readers of the Qua [...]

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    29. George on said:

      An enjoyable, interesting read about an old English couple, the Smalley s, who decided to stay in India after 1947 rather than return to England Their decision is based on enjoying the higher living standard in India as compared to England at that time They also didn t have children and both were not close to the little family they had in England When they returned to England in 1950 for a visit, they learned how hard life was in England In 1950 there was food rationing with meat and bacon ratio [...]

    30. Sarah Clark on said:

      This humorous book interweaves the stories of a cast of characters in post colonial India This book didn t suck me in, meaning I had no problem putting the book down and going to sleep at a reasonable hour However, Scott painted such vivid portraits of the characters that I d find myself thinking about them often, excited for my next opportunity to get back to the story and learn about them The book primarily focuses on a British couple, Lucy and Tusker, who have chosen to stay on in India afte [...]

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