Colonial-era novels, in general, are popular in India though. Most of the novels of booker prize winners from India are set on the background of colonial/post-colonial India (Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, Arundhati Roy's God of Small Things etc.).
b) Read and liked
c) Read and disliked
d) Seriously studied and debated (this seems a little unlikely).
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I would pick (a). I am probably one of the very few who have read a John master's book. But not his novels. As a military buff - I have read (and have copies of) his "Bugles" and the "Road Past Mandalay" but i have never felt motivated enough to pick his fictional novels and read em. But then thats just me.
Colonial Era..I am an avid reader myself but I am only vaguely aware of these books.. I haven't met anyone who stops and reads those .. atleast not my generation.. one of my Dad's old friend has a library full of those kind of books though.. But I'll have to give them a pass.. [img]/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
I do read novels, or at least keep an eye on books available in market and being noticed. I did not hear about these novels, maybe because they were not in demand or were not displayed by book shops prominently.