Far Pavilions

Far Pavilions

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by M. M. Kaye

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This sweeping epic set in 19th-century India begins in the foothills of the towering Himalayas and follows a young Indian-born orphan as he's raised in England and later returns to India where he falls in love with an Indian princess and struggles with cultural divides.

The Far Pavilions is itself a Himalayan achievement, a book we hate to see come to an

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This sweeping epic set in 19th-century India begins in the foothills of the towering Himalayas and follows a young Indian-born orphan as he's raised in England and later returns to India where he falls in love with an Indian princess and struggles with cultural divides.

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.

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, moving the famed literary critic Edmond Fuller to write: "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 Gone With the Wind."

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A high-adventure love story told without ever a dull moment in the old tradition of the great storytellers of the too distant past.
Cleveland Plain Dealer

One of the true big ones.
author of The Raj Quartet Paul Scott

A great romantic adventure novel. She is a born storyteller.

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The Far Pavilions 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
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JessLucy More than 1 year ago
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!
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.
SusanThies More than 1 year ago
I've forgotten how many times I've read this book & 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 "saw" Ash as the little Indian boy & later when he was grown. So few books are that engrossing and will always be one of my "must read" recommendations.
DanaAnNJReader More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
sunnynurse More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved it from the very beginning. Have read it 4 times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one that takes you far away to a magical literary heaven! You'll be glad you read it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I've ever read. Really!
Lufbra 5 months ago
A sweeping epic of a novel that is as big and diverse as the country in which it takes place. This is an India that is not seen from the lofty towers of the British Raj or the streets of Indian slums but from both perspectives. A beautifully written book that is a compelling read and hard to put down. The reader can taste the life of India in this books pages and feel both the oppressive heat and the cooling mountain winds. A must read for lovers of historical fiction or any book club out there despite it's length.
tcobb1959 More than 1 year ago
Will her books EVER be published in Nook format? Can anyone please answer?
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Jane-Ellen More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when it had just come out and fell in love with it. When the mini-series came on television, I was gratified that they had not adulterated the story in any way.In fact, the actors chosen for the series are ones I would have chosen myself, they were so perfect. But I am someone who likes to read a book and visualize the characters it as I read along. Ms. Kaye's writing was so evocative and so clear that she made the book come alive by itself. am just concerned that this book may not contain both volumes as I already have a hardcover edition of Volume 1 and am looking for Volume 2. I am willing to purchase a book that contains both volumes, but will be terribly disappointed if this arrives at my home and only contains Volume 1.FIVE STARS SEEMS INADEQUATE FOR A BOOK OF THIS CALIBER! I VOTE FOR 6!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I hope it will come out on NOOK soon
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