J.G. Farrell was born 25 January 1935, and died 11 August 1979
- Why do people insist on defending their ideas and opinions with such ferocity, as if defending honour itself? What could be easier to change than an idea?
- All this fuss, it’s all fuss about nothing. We’re here for a while and then we’re gone. People are insubstantial. They never last at all.
- What an advantage that knowledge can be stored in books! The knowledge lies there like hermetically sealed provisions waiting for the day when you may need a meal… He could, with the help of an oil-lamp, turn himself into a great military engineer, a bishop, an explorer or a General overnight, if the fancy took him.
J.G. Farrell was a Liverpool-born novelist of Irish descent. He gained prominence for a series of novels known as The Empire Trilogy, which deal with the political and human consequences of British colonial rule. The Siege of Krishnapur won the 1973 Booker Prize. Troubles won the Lost Man Booker Prize.
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