The Far Pavilions

The Far Pavilions is Kindle I ve been putting off writing a review for The Far Pavilions because it s so complex and epic that I feel like I can t do it justice without writing an equally epic

The Far Pavilions is Kindle I've been putting off writing a review for The Far Pavilions because it's so complex and epic that I feel like I can't do it justice without writing an equally epic review. But I've put this off for too long already and so we'll all just have to be satisfied with a less impressive but more manageable review.This story takes place in India during the mid-1800s, when the British controlled India as part of their far-flung empire. Ashton Pelham-Martyn is the son of an English professor and explorer of India. He's orphaned at a very young age and, for various reasons, ends up being unofficially adopted by an Indian widow, who calls him "Ashok" and keeps him as they travel to northern India, in sight of the mystical Himalayan mountains, which young Ash worshipfully calls the "Far Pavilions":Ash's formative years are spent immersed in Indian culture. When his adoptive mother is dying when he is about 11 years old, she finally tells him that he is British, not Indian, and soon Ash is packed off to England to get an education and develop this part of his heritage. Everyone involved wants him to become a card-carrying member of the stiff-upper-lip highbrow British society, with just enough retained knowledge of Indian languages and culture to make him useful to the British army.It never quite takes.Ash is a mix of both East and West, which is uncomfortable for both himself and everyone around him. He tells Koda Dad, his Indian father figure, that he will "always be two people in one skin--which is not a comfortable thing to be." Koda Dad responds that "you may discover in yourself a third person who is neither Ashok nor Pelham-Sahib, but someone whole and complete." The conflict between East and West, both in Ash's soul and in this part of the world generally, is one of the major themes of this book, but there is so much more: an amazing love story with more ups and downs than a roller coaster, a terrifying dive into a corner of India that has preserved its same brutal, backward culture for hundreds of years, and the British battle for a foothold in Afghanistan.The love story epitomizes the divide between India and Britain, but also evinces the hope that there can be an understanding between them. "There was nothing that he could not tell her or that she would not understand, and to lose her now would be like losing his heart and his soul. And what man can live without the one, or hope for Heaven without the other?" The last couple of hundred pages of the book turn in a quite different direction and focus on different characters--although the same themes continue to surface in new ways. Frankly, this part dragged for me, particularly as it evolved into an astoundingly detailed retelling and analysis of an actual historic one-day conflict in Afghanistan. I was tempted to dock a full star for that. But overall this is such an amazing, well-researched story that I have to round up. I was sniffling and wiping away tears as I finished the book. Truly, it's epic in every sense of the word.4.5 stars. July 2014 buddy read with Diane, Kathy, Hana and Felicia.. A magnificent romantic historical adventure novel set in India at the time of mutiny The Far Pavilions is a story of 19th Century India, when the thin patina of English rule held down dangerously turbulent undercurrents It is a story about and English man Ashton Pelham Martyn brought up as a Hindu and his passionate, but dangerous love for an Indian princess It s aA magnificent romantic historical adventure novel set in India at the time of mutiny The Far Pavilions is a story of 19th Century India, when the thin patina of English rule held down dangerously turbulent undercurrents It is a story about and English man Ashton Pelham Martyn brought up as a Hindu and his passionate, but dangerous love for an Indian princess It s a story of divided loyalties, of tender camaraderie, of greedy imperialism and of the clash between east and west To the burning plains and snow capped mountains of this great, humming continent, M.M Kaye brings her quite exceptional gift of immediacy and meticulous historical accuracy, plus her insight into the human heart.. A viral Books The Far Pavilions I can't believe I waited 25+ years to read this again! Oh well, the first copy I had I loaned out and never got back. I would give this 10 stars if I could, I had forgotten how good this book was. Thank you Amazon, for recommending books and Listmania -- so many wonderful books I would never have found or rediscovered without you! A truly wonderful story of star-crossed lovers, treachery, intrigue, heroism, honor and bigotry. The author has a great feel and understanding of India under the British Raj. The story of Ash and Juli (Anjuli) was incredible. I could literally feel Ash's pain while he had to sit through watching Juli be married to the evil Maharajah. The first 2/3 of the book deal with Ash and Julie's early lives together, culminating in the rescue of Juli from being Suttee with her sister. Those pages have to be some of the most heart stopping, page turning, sit on the edge of your seat excitement that I have ever come across in a book (and I have read a few). The last portion of the book gets away from Ash and Juli (although they are together) and slows down to tell the story of the British incursions into Afghanistan (sp?)and the resultant disaster of setting up a British mission in Kabul. Ash is still prominent as a "spy" for the guides, in the disguise of a native of the country, but while still a good read, the story takes on a different character from the first portions of the book. I resolve never to loan this book out again so that I won't lose it, and to keep it on my "to be read again and again" shelf throughout the years. Highly recommended. As a side note, if you are searching for a book for a younger teen to read, this is a good choice. The few scenes between Ash and Juli that were sexual in nature were left mostly to one's imagination. This author is capable of building her scenes without graphic play by play bodice ripping. **Update** I recently discovered another of this author's books,Shadow of the Moon. It's out of print but readily available used or at your library. Another lovely tale of India, set during the 1857 Sepoy rebellion. If you enjoyed TFP, you will probably enjoy this as well. ***Update***I have just finished another story on the Sepoy rebellion, Zemindar. Out of print, but readily available used. A wonderful tale, with some of the most gorgeous prose I've seen in a long time.
The Far Pavilions TV Mini Series Jan , With Ben Cross, Amy Irving, Christopher Lee, Robert Hardy Story of forbidden love in s India set against the revolution for India s freedom from England. The Far Pavilions The Far Pavilions Kaye, M M M.M Kaye was a British author who was born in India and spent much of her childhood and adult life there She became world famous with the publication of her monumental bestseller The Far Pavilions She is also the author of a series of mysteries, the bestselling Trade Wind and Shadow of the Moon, as well as a three volume autobiography. The Far Pavilions Rotten Tomatoes An orphan from the age of four, when his parents were killed during the Indian Mutiny, Ashton Pelham Martyn was raised by his Hindu foster mother, Sita, who disguised him as her own son and called The Far Pavilions by M.M Kaye Aug , The Far Pavilions is a story of th Century India, when the thin patina of English rule held down dangerously turbulent undercurrents It is a story about and English man Ashton Pelham Martyn brought up as a Hindu and his passionate, but dangerous love for an Indian princess. The Far Pavilions by M M Kaye, Paperback Barnes Noble Jan , 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.

  1. M M Kaye Mary Margaret was born in India and spent her early childhood and much of her early married life there Her family ties with the country are strong her grandfather, father, brother and husband all served the British Raj After India s independence, her husband, Major General Goff Hamilton of Queen Victoria s Own Corps of Guides the famous Indian Army regiment featured in The Far Pavilions , joined the British Army and for the next nineteen years M M Kaye followed the drum to Kenya, Zanzibar, Egypt, Cyprus and Germany.M M Kaye won worldwide fame for The Far Pavilions, which became a worldwide best seller on publication in 1978 This was followed by Shadow of the Moon and Trade Wind She also wrote and illustrated The Ordinary Princess, a children s book and authored a dozen detective novels, including Death in Kashmir and Death in Zanzibar Her autobiography has been published in three volumes, collectively entitled Share of Summer The Sun in the Morning, Golden Afternoon, and Enchanted Evening In March 2003, M M Kaye was awarded the Colonel James Tod International Award by the Maharana Mewar Foundation of Udaipur, Rajasthan, for her contribution of permanent value reflecting the spirit and values of Mewar.

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  1. I ve been putting off writing a review for The Far Pavilions because it s so complex and epic that I feel like I can t do it justice without writing an equally epic review But I ve put this off for too long already and so we ll all just have to be satisfied with a less impressive but manageable review.This story takes place in India during the mid 1800s, when the British controlled India as part of their far flung empire Ashton Pelham Martyn is the son of an English professor and explorer of In [...]

  2. I can t believe I waited 25 years to read this again Oh well, the first copy I had I loaned out and never got back I would give this 10 stars if I could, I had forgotten how good this book was Thank you , for recommending books and Listmania so many wonderful books I would never have found or rediscovered without you A truly wonderful story of star crossed lovers, treachery, intrigue, heroism, honor and bigotry The author has a great feel and understanding of India under the British Raj The stor [...]

  3. I first read The Far Pavilions by M.M Kaye when it was first published in 1978 and have since read it a few times it s become one of my favorite books ever.This is an epic novel of Ashton Pelham Martyn, an English officer, during the British Raj period in India, who falls in love with Anjuli, a half caste Hindu princess.The author s knowledge of and childhood experiences in India make this an epic and unforgettable book.A sweeping and gripping high adventure and passionate love story, of heroism [...]

  4. Another one of my all time favorites I don t know how I stumbled on this book, but its worth the 955 pages yeah really What I liked best about this book is the exploration of the main characters alienation He is neither British nor Indian, Christian, Muslim or Hindu, he s everything and nothing all at once Actually I might recommend this book if you liked Life of Pi Although I would say that this is a much thorough and interesting tale The novel takes place in India in the late 1880s, during a [...]

  5. Some books get into your senses They fill your nose with the scent of a people, the lick of the sun on bare skin, the brazen gossip of silk sheets, or engulfs you with a composition of shadows that hints at something beyond line of sight.M.M Kaye is a storyteller that makes you taste India She takes her own life experience and, likeRudyard Kipling andFrances Hodgson Burnett, draws fairy tales in the sands of Southern India while tucked in at the bed of the Himalayans This is not just a book for [...]

  6. 3.5 When I finish my own review, I m going to find like the review where the reviewer packed it in about 160 pages from the finish I m writing like when I mean applaud This novel was of an epic struggle than an enjoyable experience 960 pages or not, I m a fast, avid reader No book should take me four months to read.My reading progress really does the work of a review READING PROGRESS08 21 page 42 4.0% Instantly enthralled 08 25 page 97 10.0% OK, I m ready for Ash s childhood to be over 09 01 pa [...]

  7. Reading this book for the first time as a teenager was a magical experience for me It was the first time I had ever been so deeply submerged in a book that I literally felt dazed and disoriented when it ended and I had to return to reality They were so real for me Ash and Juli, Wally and Zarin, Biju Ram and Hira Lal Leaving their world leaving India at the end of the book was painful.The story is about Ashton Pelham Martyn, English by birth but born in India He spends his childhood believing he [...]

  8. I finished it I m not even going to try to summarize this, enough readers have already done so and to be honest, it s so huge, so SO HUGE that I wouldn t even know where to start Only that it s about a man born without the comfort of national borders, trying to find where he belongs in this world, and a half caste girl, a princess, who would give her life to find it with him.I loved it I lived it I feel like I ve died a thousand deaths over the last two weeks reading it.If you haven t already re [...]

  9. This is one of those books I ve had on my shelf for freaking ever, but it s always just sort of been there for a rainy day Like one of those days where you feel like reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy because you want a romping good time, but sadly, you ve already read the Lord of the Rings trilogy and you re not really in the mood for the wordiness that is Tolkien anyway you just want all the fun and adventure without all the work.Okay, maybe I m the only one who has waited to read this book [...]

  10. A novel about India in the late 1800s I ve been putting off reading this book despite it being hugely famous and people constantly asking me if I ve read it because I m pretty sure it s going to be obnoxiously pro colonialism The dedication, for instance, is to the author s husband and father in law, British soldiers who served in India But I m not far enough into it yet to judge, so perhaps I ll be pleasantly surprised.I was quite amused by this passage, describing a woman who died after giving [...]

  11. We go to find our Kingdom.Our own Dur Khaima our far pavilions It is a big book packed with drama, great characters, romance, the thrill of battle, and adventure in faraway places, but it s also filled with thoughtful insights into national character and identity and the complex web of cultures that defined the Indian subcontinent, the British Raj and Afghanistan in the late 19th century Special thanks to Diane Lynn, Tadiana and all my friends who joined in our buddy read and sharpened my apprec [...]

  12. The Far Pavilions is one of my all time favorite books I stumbled upon it in a book store because one of the employees had marked it as a must read I picked it up and was absolutely enthralled.This historical fiction is reminiscent of Margaret George s books in its character development, dramatic plot line, and, clocking in at than 900 pages, length There are battles, romance, and palace intrigue a little bit of everything It s one of the few books that I ve read than once and that s saying a [...]

  13. Reading this book was quite possibly the only good thing that happened to me in the year 1995 I ve since re read it in its entireity another four or five times, and skimmed through it and picked out my favorite passages at least a dozen times It s a beautiful sweeping epic set in British colonial India, the story of Ash , who spends the first part of his life believing he s the son of a Hindu serving woman in the palace of a rajah and is himself enlisted as a personal servant favorite playmate o [...]

  14. Wow, it seems as if I m the only person who disliked the book I was excited to read it, and only finished for my book club yes, I do take one for the team now and then For me it had several flaws and was painful to finish 1 The narrative s flow is disappointing, things happen and then you re on to the next event with little transition, which made the piece feel rushed in that sense.2 The detail that drowns you into boredom She describes some things to the point of ad nauseum, but then does not g [...]

  15. I liked it I didn t love it After investing the time in this 960 page book, I admit I am somewhat disappointed I really wanted to love it I guess I was expecting an exciting adventure mixed with a beautiful love story I got a long dry trip across the desert, a war story and a love story with very little romance I did learn a lot from this story and I always appreciate that from a book I learned about the culture of India and the caste system I also learned about the second Afghan Indian war I en [...]

  16. Buddy read with Hana, Tadiana, Kathy and Felicia in July 2014.This was my third reading and it s still a favorite Usually with a reread I tend to skip over some parts but not so with this one I wanted to read every single word because this is such a wonderful story I may have read carefully because it was a buddy read, or maybe I just get out of the books I read since joining GR, whatever the reason, this third reading was the best ever I would refer anyone interested to the group discussion p [...]

  17. Magnificent book, telling the story of Aston and Anjuli ant the India struggle against Afghnistan.The movie is available at You Tube It is as good as this book, it s worth watching.

  18. It took nearly 5 months, but I have finally finished this epic tale of star crossed lovers searching for a place to belong, set amid the political intrigues, cruelties and hubris of the British Raj At almost 49 hours, it s by far the longest audiobook I ve yet tackled Narrator Vikas Adam was an expert guide, and much of the story had me utterly captivated But this novel had a couple of glaring flaws that kept me from giving it 5 stars although, in the end, it did seem to add up to than the sum [...]

  19. It has been some time since I read this wonderful book As I recall M.M Kaye lived in India and had a deep love of the subcontinent s people Today I am reading Kipling s Kim I remember the leading character in Kaye s book as similar to Kim The Far Pavilions is a saga it s quite large set in India during the Raj It is sympathetic to British and their loyal subjects sympathizers , and presents an enlightening contrast to Joseph Conrad s Heart of Darkness I recommend The Far Pavilions to everyone op [...]

  20. This is the best epic novel I ever read It s an historical adventure romance that takes place in colonial India The book starts out when the protagonist, a young English boy named Ash is orphaned because of a cholera outbreak He is then raised by an Indian nursemaid Later as a young man he falls in love with a young woman, Anjuli, who has been promised to marry an elderly wealthy nobleman against her will Her wicked stepmother selected the old man out of spite knowing he would die soon Custom di [...]

  21. I brought this audio edition with a monthly credit I succumbed after looking at all the cool narrators Very good so far, this book aside.I have no problems with the narrator, Vikras Adam is very good I m not sure if this book works best in audio form, however GR friends whose reviews and opinions I respect greatly love this book, and for that reason alone I will give this a try in print version But Ash is annoying me and I find some of the description to be rather repeatitive Will try print vers [...]

  22. Being woefully ignorant of history, I didn t know how frustrating and ultimately tragic this historical fiction was going to be I did find the main character Ash a tad irritating at times only to be brought up short by the realization of how young he was he is still under 30 at the end of this epic.The narrator whose name escapes me at the moment was terrific.

  23. The character I enjoyed the most in this book was actually India It was fascinating to be introduced to the complex society, religions, culture, geography and history The love and respect that the author has for India really shone through and I learned a lot The love story wasn t my favorite part it felt like a Victorian melodrama, but that actually fits with both the setting time of the story and, possibly, the age of the author But once again, I feel very grateful to be a woman living now and [...]

  24. This is a wonderful book A real epic novel of war and romance, it has been called a Gone with the Wind set in India and Afghanistan It is a long adventure that weaves through many of the small kingdoms that made up India during the 1800 s and the time of Britain s attempted hold on the country and its forays into trying to take over and hold Afghanistan M.M Kaye, the writer, knew the landscape and territory she wrote about well because her father was a decorated, Guide, in the British Army the G [...]

  25. You know that kind of novel where you turn to page one, and hours later blink and look down to find hundreds of pages went by This is that kind of novel Kaye was born, raised, and spent her early married life in India, and she and her husband came from a long line of British officers that served the British Raj In fact, given the dedication, Walter Hamilton, a character in the novel, was related to her husband So she certainly has the credentials to bring the India of the Raj to life, nor is the [...]

  26. Next On Monday, 10 45 on BBC Radio 4M M Kaye s epic of love and war, dramatised by Rukhsana Ahmad Following the 1857 Mutiny, Ashton, a young English orphan, is disguised by his ayah as her Indian son, Ashok And so as he forgets his true identity his destiny is set.Sita Narrator Vineeta RishiBiju Ram Inam MirzaK Daad Sam DastorAshok child Joseph SamraiAnjuli child Nishi MaldeHira Lal Sagar AryaLalji Nazim KhanDaya Ram Kaleem JanjuaPelham Martyn Sam DaleDirected by Marc Beeby and Jessica Dromgoole [...]

  27. This epic tale over 1,000 pages, but don t let that stop you is set in India during the British occupation Ashton Pellham Martyn is British, but because of his parents deaths has been raised by his Hindu nurse When his relatives finally find out, he is sent to England for schooling Once grown up, he returns to India to work for the British army, and his task is to organize the caravan escorting two Princesses to their wedding hundreds of miles away Because of his upbringing, he is torn between t [...]

  28. Despite the length, I loved this book The characters, the places, the action and intrigue all held my attention to the very last page Woven through the history of 19th century India is Ashton s struggle to find his place in society his identity He is a man with superior language skills and an uncanny ability to meld with local customs, yet he never is at home Always the outsider, he can never truly be himself, except with his larla darling A map in the book would really enhance the reading I fou [...]

  29. I m very late to writing this review but I realized that it s a simple thing I have to say.This is truly an epic and classic story Has all the elements of a great one Doomed Love, War, More War, Damsel in Distress It may be long but it s very much worth the time.

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