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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241953030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241953037
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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A closely interwoven story of love and war whose descriptive prose is so evocative that you can actually see and - much more - smell India as the country assaults you from the page (Sunday Telegraph)

Another splendid tale of India (Wall Street Journal)

About the Author

M. M. Kaye (1908-2004) was born and grew up in Simla, India. Her grandfather, father, brother and husband all served the Raj. M. M. Kaye won worldwide fame for The Far Pavilions, which became a best-seller on publication in 1978.
She also wrote a series of detective novels, including Death in Kashmir and Death in Zanzibar, and an autobiography, published in three volumes, collectively entitled Share of Summer: The Sun in the Morning, Golden Afternoon, and Enchanted Evening.


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By Four Violets TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Feb. 2017
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A brilliant read. I was straight into the story from the start although as the story progressed I did get a little hazy on Winter's forebears - however there is a handy family tree to consult! The story just got more exciting as the book went on - I can't believe that the publishers originally thought it was ok to cut 55% of the manuscript .... nooooo !! The last quarter was incredibly horrific and suspenseful and I could hardly put the book down. I am aware that Far Pavilions is the more famous book but I haven't read it - I am certainly going to order it now. What I loved about the book is how incredibly well it evokes the sights and sounds of India and how even-handed the treatment is of everyone involved in the Indian mutiny - Indian War of Independence - describe it how you will - men are good and bad, cruel or compassionate irrespective or race and creed.
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An absolutely incredible story set in England and in India set before and then during the mutiny. Fabulous settings in high detail . Impossible to put down.
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Looking forward to reading this book
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A good read
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Not as good as The Far Pavilions but still an enjoyable epic romance. Even if it is a bit far fetched! Delivery was good.
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I read this straight after finishing Valerie Fitzgerald's 'Zemindar', desperate to continue my literary foray into the events surrounding the 1857 Sepoy Rebellion. 'Zemindar' is a substantially better book, both in terms of craft and characterisation, so I realise that my initial take on 'Shadow of the Moon' might be clouded somewhat. I was certainly disappointed on many levels.

First up, the romantic leads never rang true. Both were too beautiful, too perfect, too 'Mary Sue.' We are constantly reminded about Winter's exotic allure. Her physical appearance is paramount throughout and seems to determine much of her storyline and other characters' responses to her. I had little real sense of her as a multi-dimensional character. Alex fares better on this front but is too much the ideal hero prototype, and his oh-so-brilliant foresight into the realities of Indian society and his coincidental involvement in observing the seeds of the coming conflict are delivered in a heavy handed 'Titanic' style - it's a shortcut to explaining the background to the Indian rebellion, but it's extremely laboured.

The secondary characters do little to improve matters: a range of well-worn stereotypes.

M M Kaye clearly has considerable knowledge of India and its history. Some descriptive passages are highly effective. However, there are clunky detours into historical exposition and unexpected narrative standpoints which jar. The story doesn't quite know what it wants to be: a full-blown record of the events of 1857, or a smaller-scale love story with the rebellion as a larger-than-life, dramatic backdrop. The writer's attempt to craft these together is both unsubtle and, ultmately, unconvincing.

The opening sections focusing on Winter's origins are ridiculously overblown and overlong. I've read that there's an abridged version of the novel which cuts this out, which would have made for a less arduous and frustrating read.
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It is a lot of romantic nonsense but you will have to allow for her age when she put it out. It is a kind of pasttime but hardly
needs a second read.

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Henrik Mortensen
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This is a must-read for anyone who likes a deeply engaging story against a fascinating historical backdrop- British India and the days of the Indian Mutiny in this case. M.M.Kaye is undoubtedly a gifted author who has a way of creating beautiful imagery and invoking the sounds, smells and sights that transport the reader into the world of her characters. Everytime i have read this book, i have longed with almost a childish longing to go back in time to see the India of that day and meet Winter and Alex, the two main characters of the novel despite the fact that they actually go through a gruesome experience of war and bloodshed.

This novel has been a refuge many a times when I have wanted to escape and lose myself in another world. M.M Kaye does not leave any charcter or situation half-baked and even though sometimes some of the minor characters such as English Mama's come across as stereotyped, they are very very real and one cannot help but form a strong bond with them, suffer, laugh, cry and rejoice with them.

I love this book!
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