Babel A5: Oxford and Empire
Kuang clearly hates the British Empire and all it stands for, but loves Oxford as a place and seat of learning. She spares no time showing us just how callous and uncaring are the privileged few in the empire, from the utter uninterest in the death of Robin's family to the dismissal of the plight of the unemployed workers in the north of England. Yet Oxford is idyllic, a haven of pure intellect (except when it's not).
Any thoughts on this contrast?