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.