The Far Pavilions Paperback – 30 Oct 1997
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Rip-roaring, heart-tugging, flag-flying, hair-raising, hoof-beating ... the very presence of India (The Times )
A long, romantic adventure story of the highest calibre ... wildly exciting (Daily Telegraph )
Magnificent is the only possible description for The Far Pavilions ... not one of its 950 pages is a page too much (Evening Standard )
A Gone With the Wind of the North-West frontier (Jan Morris The Times )
A massive, meticulously researched and fascinating saga about the British in India, encompassing a guarter of a century, from the Mutiny up to war with ferocious Afghan tribemen (Sunday Express )
About the Author
M. M. Kaye was born in India and spent most of her childhood and much of her early married life in that country. Her ties with India are strong: her grandfather, father, brother and husband all served the Raj, and her grandfather's first cousin, Sir John Kaye, wrote the standard accounts of the Indian Mutiny and the first Afghan War. When India achieved independence her husband joined the British Army, and for the next nineteen years she followed the drum to all sorts of exciting places she would not otherwise have seen, including Kenya, Zanzibar, Egypt, Cyprus and Berlin.
M. M. Kaye is best-known for her highly successful historical novels, including the bestselling The Far Pavilions, Shadow of the Moon and Trade Wind, all published by Penguin, and for her detective novels, which include Death in Berlin, Death in Kenya and Death in Cyprus (also published by Penguin in one volume entitled Murder Abroad), and Death in Zanzibar, Death in Kashmir and Death in the Andamans, also collected together in one volume. Penguin also publish the first volume of her autobiography, The Sun in the Morning. The second volume, Golden Afternoon, was published by Viking. M. M. Kaye has also written a children's story, The Ordinary Princess (1991).
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Top Customer Reviews
MM Kaye's other novels are good but not outstanding, and the three autobiographies are very entertaining (although she has harboured a few grudges against unkind nannies and the like for half a century and more!) yet with The Far Pavilions she seems to have touched genius. I am sure this will be a classic for decades to come, and I can't praise it highly enough.
M M Kaye is an extraordinarily skilled author, who can not only transport you to India but to another era. Her descriptions are so vivid and colourful and the use of local dialect makes the story more authentic.
You will really sympathise with one of the main characters, Ash (Ashton/Ashok) and it seems like he has the world on his shoulders. The woman he loves, Anjuli, might frustrate you with her blind devotion to her half-sister (at the expense of her happiness - not to mention peoples' lives), but it is all essential to the story. You will root for these two to be together.
Sometimes you can forget it is a love story because so much else is going on - and, to be honest, the whole Afghanistan war section at the end leaves you feeling a bit 'huh?'
I loved this story.
The story weaves in an out, with many plots and side issues, with the theme of India and Ash running throughout. Reading this book is no small undertaking but very worthwhile and extremely enjoyable.
If you have any interest in India, thjen this is the book for you
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such a towering love story, set in such a wonderful part of the world, firmly on my Bucket List.
Bought to replace a copy worn out with loving of it.
This book is a must read for everyone once in a lifetime... The story is mesmerizing, an incredible account of life and love in the British Raj yet never patronizing but oozing... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Stein Claudia Dr
Brilliant book although delivery took over a week to arrive
nevertheless five stars
I'm only halfway through but I can't put it down! Great read and so atmospheric of both the place and time! An absolute treasure of a book.Published 9 months ago by SuzHam