Far Pavilions

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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...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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"Rich in adventure, heroism, cruetly and love." —Publishers Weekly

"A high-adventure love story told without ever a dull moment in the old tratition of the great storytellers of the too distant past." --Book Review

"One of the true big ones."— Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A great romantic adventure novel. She is a born storyteller." —Paul Scott, author of The Raj Quartet

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312151256
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 960
  • Sales rank: 146,189
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.17 (h) x 1.63 (d)

Meet the Author

M.M. Kaye was born and raised in India. She was seventy years old when this book was published and made her famous the world over. She lives in Sussex, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    LOVE THIS BOOK - PLEASE EBOOK IT!!!

    LOVE THIS BOOK - PLEASE EBOOK IT!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2009

    One of the best ever

    I adore this book. I've read it three times over the last ten years and I'm always sad to finish it. If you like history combined with a thrilling plotline, mystery and romance, this is the book for you. The characters are so real, the background so richly detailed and the writing so captivating that you won't want to put this book down!<BR/>If you like this book, I would also recommend Shadow of the Moon and Trade Wind, both by M.M. Kaye. Also, The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough, the Clan of the Cave Bear and sequels by Jean M. Auel.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2013

    I've forgotten how many times I've read this book & it is ju

    I've forgotten how many times I've read this book &amp; it is just as beautiful each time I read it. My only complaint is that it's not available on the Nook.

    If you want to read a book that should never end, this is the book for you. I &quot;saw&quot; Ash as the little Indian boy &amp; later when he was grown. So few books are that engrossing and will always be one of my &quot;must read&quot; recommendations.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2013

    It has been 30 years since I read it, and I still remember how c

    It has been 30 years since I read it, and I still remember how captivating it is. I wish every book could be like this.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    Swashbuckling adventure without compare!

    Wonderful, complex, intricate historical novel. One man's (the hero is modelled on the author's husband) journey into the Indian subcontinent set in the time between 1850's to 1880 featuring historic names and actions. A tale of adventure, friendship, betrayal, intrigue, and love set in an exotic, harsh, yet wonderful world of India of the Raj. The lead character starts life as the son of a noted British author living a nomad's life in India, but loses his father when he is 4. After that, the misadventures, adventures, and heroics that our hero suffers through are part of the larger scope of history in that vast sub-continent. The author's first-hand knowledge of India and its peoples as well as her and her husband's family personal histories allowed her to create and populate a world that is real and vibrant. Many of the characters in the book are real and their exploits are real. Reading through this book again, I was struck by how some things have not really changed all that much since the time of the novel. I would put this book at the top of any reading list. Not many books compare. It is well worth the time you will invest in getting to know Ash's world.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Definitely Far Pavillions is one of the very best books I have e

    Definitely Far Pavillions is one of the very best books I have ever read. I read it over 20 yrs. ago and am a voracious reader, and it stands with a very select number of books as a winner.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    Highly recommended - interested in British India-- Must Read!

    The book is MUCH better than the movie -- written by M.M. Kaye, who grew up in India with Missionary parents, but who spent much time with her "nurse" and other Indian servants in the household, learned Hindu, and Pushtu, and some other (parts at least) of local languages. Very knowledgeable about the REAL British India - both the bad and the good, and especially sympathetic to the native peoples, whom she seems to have really loved and understood both their points of view and their customs. Most unusual to find a British woman writer with this viewpoint. As has been said of her previously in a Book Review -- "if she never wrote another book, this would secure her place in literary history". She was about 70 when she wrote this, and did write some other novels, but this is her BEST. My hardcopies were in two volumes (very early editions), but lost Vol. I, so purchased this in order to have both volumes in one book. Read about 12 hrs. a day to read it all again. Will probably read it 2 - 3 times each year. More Hindi language at end of 2 volume hardcopy set, most of which I learned. Highly recommend just for the pleasure of "living" in another time with people well-defined, characters you can care about and understand.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Grand, sweeping, detailed, atmospheric historical with thrills,

    Grand, sweeping, detailed, atmospheric historical with thrills, mystery, pageantry, action and romance - filled with marvelous characters - lead and supporting. Please release it and other MM Kaye's in e-book format.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    The Far Pavilions is a great book to read. This is the second

    The Far Pavilions is a great book to read. This is the second time I have read it. It needs to be on ebook. PLEASE ebook it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2004

    Passionate Journey

    I enjoyed all 1189 pages not only once but three times. Each time I found more joy in reading this book. My thoughts wandered to the 19th century, to the conquests of a kingdom, its military might, successes and demises. A very compelling story based on historical facts, a tender love story. Passionate and compassionately portrait by a wonderful, skilled writer. This book is a MUST read for everyone who seeks knowledge of history, lands and people. It is the past that shaped our presence and consequently we are responsible for the future.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2004

    'The Far Pavilions.'

    This book the far pavilions is one of the best I have read in along time and I have read alot of books. I just received this book Thursday and I am almost done it is Monday. I recommend this book to anyone who loves anything historic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2004

    My most favoritest book ever

    Loved it from the very beginning. Have read it 4 times.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2002

    Wonderful!

    This book is one that takes you far away to a magical literary heaven! You'll be glad you read it!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2002

    The best book I've ever read

    I've read this book so many times, I had to buy a second copy. This is literally the best book written in the last 100 years. Even Gone With the Wind comes in second. You really feel like you are in India when reading this, the love story is magnificent and the characters are fully developed. Don't be scared by the length because once you start reading, it will fly. M.M Kaye knows how to write a richly detailed book without losing sight of the story and characters. I only wish authors would write more books like this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2002

    Great Book

    I read this book 15 years ago and I'm reading it again. I recommend this book to anyone. It has all the elements - romance, mystery, suspense, and history.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2002

    An incredible book!

    This book is one of the few that kept me reading all day and all night until I finished. It's fascinating, and the love story between Ash and Juli is amazing. It's well written and there's not a dull page.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2002

    An Outstanding Book!

    I have recommended this book to many of my friends, but they are all discouraged by the size. Don't be! Every page is worth it! It's full of love, violence, and twists that keep you on the edge of you seat.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2000

    Why didn't this win a Pulzer Prize?

    This is the best book I've ever read. Really!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    I loved this book. I hope it will come out on NOOK soon

    I loved this book. I hope it will come out on NOOK soon

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  • Posted August 24, 2010

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    I LOVE this book!

    I have read this every year since 1980. First copy wore out and my daughter bought another one for me. The same goes for Shadow of the Moon. I also have the HBO movie version. Reading both of these is my treat for myself. Waiting now for it to be an ebook so I can have it on my Nook!

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