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The Far Pavilions Paperback – January 15, 1997
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It is the story of Ashton/Ashok - an English boy brought up by a peripatetic father in the foothills of the Himalayas - he is about 6 years old when cholera strikes the camp and kills everyone but himself and his nurse. She takes him down into India to give him back to the safety of the English - but this is 1857 and India is in mutiny against the English. Ash, having been brought up amongst Indians can speak their languages fluently, and he is the right colouring to pass as one of the races from the North where they are paler. So his nurse escapes from the troubles with him and brings him up as her own son. This sets the stage for many of his later problems, the key one being that of his identity - for when he must later seek safety with the English and his true birth is revealed he finds it difficult to know who he truly is for he is at once Indian and English. While a boy Ash meets Anjuli, a princess in the court where he is working. She is the daughter of an Indian/Russian mother - and because of her birth, and her mother's death in the court, she is also never really properly accepted.
MM Kaye sets this story against the grand displays of Indian courts, the British army (which Ashton later joins to return to India), teeming bazaars, and the different cultures and religions of India.
Its an enormous book to get through but it is well worth pretty much every page. I've never been one for long descriptions of war, and the scenes of the siege in Afghanistan towards the end I always find a bit of a trial.Read more ›
M. M Kaye does a magnificent job depicting the various cultures and systems of thought prevalent in India and the surrounding areas at the time. For the most part she does so without giving any value judgement, but she is not timid about pointing out that every culture has its fanatics and that these can cause many problems for the bulk of the population who just want to live their lives in peace. She also excellently conveys the inherent sadness of a situation where caste laws and religious differences come between people who otherwise love one another.Read more ›
All I can say is wow! This is one of those historical epics that ranks right up there with Gone With the Wind in terms of scope, romance, and underlying issues. It's just an amazing novel.
This is the story of Ashton, who is raised from birth by a Hindu foster mother while his father treks around Indian on linguistic missions. When his father dies and the sephoy mutiny happens, his foster mother Sita (a women with real courage) discuses the already dark skinned Ash as her own son and takes him to a remote state where the violence against the British has yet to spread. Here he becomes the servant/playmate of the heir to the throne and the boy's half-sister, Juli. But the heir is in danger from his wicked stepmother who wants him dead so her own son will be heir and when Ash prevents this one to many times he and Sita must flee for their lives. It is then that Sita revels Ash is really British and sends him off to find his own "people."
Of course later Ash will find Juli again-when he is assigned to escort her and thousands of others to her wedding in a far away state. You can guess what kind of turmoil this turns up.Read more ›
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This is my favorite book of all time. I've read my hard copy so many times it is in tatters and I've been begging to read it on Kindle. M.M. Read morePublished 16 days ago by John Younger
One of the greatest historical novels about India under the British Raj. I adore this book. I've read it many times over the years and what a treat to find it finally available... Read morePublished 26 days ago by CopperKat
One of the great novels of our time and a book everyone needs to read at least once in their life time. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stein Claudia Dr
Wonderful, mesmerizing story. This is the second time I 've read it and it's just as good as the first time. My favorite book of all time.Published 2 months ago by Joan Urry
One Of The Best Love Stories I have ever read. I first read this when I was in high school. Thrilled to find this in print many years later. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Genevieve R. Thompson
I was keen to read, having enjoyed Shadow of the Moon. Another fantastic story line, with interestingly characters set in a fascinating time in history. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Emilie Robinson
Too long, but well written and educational if you're interested in Indian history.Published 5 months ago by Mallory Lawson