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The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye

The Far Pavilions (1978)

by M. M. Kaye

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Series: The Far Pavilions (Omnibus)

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    MarthaJeanne: I think that Ash in Far Pavillions was based partly on Kim. Both books deal with the ambivalence between cultures of those who were brought up in a different culture to the one they belonged to by birth and later education. Both are also great adventure stories that take place during the British Raj in India. The big difference being that Kim only deals with childhood, but Ash has to go on to life as an adult.… (more)
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A difficult book to rate. It is a very long book and the writing is mixed. Overall I found it very interesting although some of the repetition of descriptions of emotions and feelings were overly repetitive and too much angst for me. I listened to the audio book and the was forced to endure such sections. That's the advantage of reading the page, such sections can be quickly scanned over.

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  yhgail | Feb 20, 2019 |
One of my all-time favorites ( )
  KimDeg | Apr 3, 2018 |
I read this book decades ago. All I can remember is that I wanted to jump inside and live there, because I loved the characters and the story just that much! ( )
  TheBibliophage | Mar 20, 2018 |
I though this book was great. I felt that I was in India during the time that the country was under English rule. Not only does she take you to India, but also Kashmir and Afghanistan. The author just did a wonderful job with this, book. Characters and places we fantastic. If you haven't read it yet you should. ( )
  lemonpop | Nov 22, 2017 |
In the second half of the 19th century, when the British Empire took over control of India, Ashton is born to English parents. Soon orphaned, he lives with his Hindu foster mother in the shadow of the Himalaya until her death, believing he is her natural son. At her death, he learns the truth. Contact with the local British military leads to his being sent back to England for schooling, but then he returns to join the regiment.
The rest of the novel describes Ashton's continual failure to fit into society. He is not wholly British, he thinks differently and empathizes with the native Indian people, but he is not accepted as Indian, either. During this time hostilities increase between the British and neighboring Afghanistan, and Ashton is required to live embedded in Kabul, spying for the British until the situation stabilizes. ( )
  Pferdina | Aug 20, 2017 |
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M. M. Kayeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Adam, VikasNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Loon, Parma vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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We are the Pilgrims, Master: We shall go

Always a little further. It may be
Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow
Across that angry or that glimmering sea,
White on a throne, or guarded in a cave
There lives a prophet who can understand
Why men are born . . .

James Elroy Flecker
T'is not too late to seek a newer world.
To all those Officers and Men
of different races and creeds who,
since 1846, have served with such pride and devotion
among them
Lieutenant Walter Hamilton V.C.,
my husband Major General Goff Hamilton CD, CBE, DSO,
and his father Colonel Bill Hamilton OBE, DL, JP.
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Ashton Hilary Akbar Pelham-Martyn was born in a camp near the crest of a pass in the Himalayas, and subsequently christened in a patent canvas bucket.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 031215125X, Paperback)

When The Far Pavilions was first published nineteen years ago, it moved the critic Edmund Fuller to write this: "Were Miss Kaye to produce no other book, The Far Pavilions might stand as a lasting accomplishment in a single work comparable to Margaret Mitchell's achievement in Gond With the Wind."

From its beginning in the foothills of the towering Himalayas, M.M. Kaye's masterwork is a vast, rich and vibrant tapestry of love and war that ranks with the greatest panoramic sagas of modern fiction.

The Far Pavilions is itself a Himalayan achievement, a book we hate to see come to an end. it is a passionate, triumphant story that excites us, fills us with joy, move us to tears, satisfies us deeply, and helps us remember just what it is we want most from a novel.

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The story of an Englishman brought up as an Hindu and his passionate , but dangerous love for Juli, an indian princess.

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