This book by Bhaskar Ghose, a former civil servant is about a college founded in the 1880s by a group of scholars from a monastic order based in Oxford. This is his fifth book. Two of the previous ones, Doordarshan Days and The Service of the State were non-fiction. The other two, The Teller of Tales and Parricide were fiction, like this one.
Reviewing a work of fiction is a bit of a challenge. A work of non-fiction benefits, for instance, if the gist of the argument is discussed in the review. It does not really matter if the review is in support or not, as a discerning reader may well take an opposing stance from the perception of the reviewer and the consequent controversies help the sale. But in a book of fiction, say a mystery story, if it is revealed that it was the butler who did it, the author may stand deprived of a sale. It is an even bigger challenge to review a novel, where the protagonists are self immersed in English literature.
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