- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Shadow of the Moon Paperback – 1 Sep 2011
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
needs a second read.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After 30 years of re-reading this book, it still is the best book I have ever read. Her detail and historical fact are unrivalled. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Davinder Shinder
excellent service fromseller, fast delivery. As with the 'Far Pavillions' by M M Kaye you find a real sence of India of that period. Very enjoyable read.Published 12 months ago by Husky24
I don't know how many times I've read this book. I just love the story; anyone interested in the Indian Mutiny will find a different approach as the native viewpoint is given as... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Janie S
Great. book. How I wish I had the authors command of such vocabulary and style. The research must have been awesome. Read morePublished 17 months ago by peir
I read Far Pavilions 25+ years ago and it left a lasting impression, I have recently read Trade Winds and it whet my appetite to read more of MM Kaye and Shadow of the Moon did not... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Helen B Hay