- Paperback: 960 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (1 Sept. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0241953022
- ISBN-13: 978-0241953020
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 4.2 x 19.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Far Pavilions Paperback – 1 Sep 2011
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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 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)
A Gone With the Wind of the North-West frontier (Jan Morris The Times)
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
Bought to replace a copy worn out with loving of it.
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.
Set against a backdrop of the Indian mutiny and its aftermath, this is a huge saga of the British Raj under Queen Victoria. It follows the lives of Ash, the son of British parents who is initially raised as a Hindu servant, and Anjuli, an Indian princess, from their childhood through their various emotionally charged meetings and partings.
M.M. Kaye obviously has a strong affinity with India, and it rings out through her wonderfully elegant and colourful descriptions of the landscape, customs and people. An added bonus is that she has obviously done a great deal of research into the history of the times, and many of the characters (such as Ash's friend Walter) and the events described are factual.
The Far Pavilions is a beautifully written novel and I thoroughly recommend it to those of you who (as I do) prefer your historical romances to be strongly rooted in history.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best book I have ever read. It is just wonderful. I treasure my hard copy and tell everyone to read itPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I oredered the WhisperSync of this book and was exteremely to find the voice was American. Why? This is not based in America! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mrs. E. P. Russell
Have re-read so many times that i have lost count...along with all other M M Kaye books. I now have them on my kindle and can take them anywhere i want....Published 7 months ago by Davinder Shinder