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Winner of the 1970 Lost Man Booker prize in 2010. 

Major Brendan Archer travels to Ireland - to the Majestic Hotel and to the fiancée he acquired on a rash afternoon's leave three years ago. Despite her many letters, the lady herself proves elusive, and the Major's engagement is short-lived. But he is unable to detach himself from the alluring discomforts of the crumbling hotel. 

Ensconced in the dim and shabby splendour of the Palm Court, surrounded by gently decaying old ladies and proliferating cats, the Major passes the summer. So hypnotic are the faded charms of the Majestic, the Major is almost unaware of the gathering storm. But this is Ireland in 1919 - and the struggle for independence is about to explode with brutal force. 

©1993 J. G. Farrell (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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Absolutely delightful read

Historical content melded into a hilarious fictional story. The reader was superb too. Highly recommended.

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Like an Evelyn Waugh comedy till the end.

Reads like an Evelyn Waugh comedy set at an Irish resort from the end of WW 1 to Irish Independence then gets very dark.

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So,so. So, so bad.

None of the characters were likable, can’t think of one who wasn’t whiny. Cats were treated badly and murdered.

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  • Leonard Turton
  • 07-09-19

Extraordinary

Farrell is an astonishing writer and his trilogy of empire in India Ireland and Singapore... The Siege of Krishnapur, Troubles and The Singapore Grip... is breathtaking. I think that Troubles and Singapore Grip are superior to Krishnapur. The most devastatingly brilliant read is Singapore Grip. They will grab you entertain you make you laugh out loud and leave you shaken. Read all three and tell others.

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  • boo65
  • 02-28-22

Wonderful

I loved this story and narration. Just wonderful - every page made me smile but not the context within which it was set.

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  • Clare Ong
  • 08-24-20

Not to be missed

Awesome narration, such a great story,I almost felt that I was a fly on the wall