The Far Pavilions

The Far Pavilions

Book - 1997
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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 ."

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 1997, ©1978
Edition: First St. Martin's Griffin edition
ISBN: 9780312151256
Branch Call Number: FICTION Kay
Description: 957 pages ; 21 cm


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An young Indian orphan is sent to England for his education. Returning to India years later, he struggles with the cultural differences he faces when he falls in love with an Indian princess.

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Apr 01, 2016

Sprawling epic, authentic feel, memorable characters; ultra romantic. I just found the writing itself a bit pedestrian though. I also recommend seeing the 1984 HBO miniseries available on DVD! Terrific locations, scenery, excellent cast (Amy Irving is stunning)

Oct 26, 2009

this is a great epic story, reread numerous times and each time I loved it more!


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FavouriteFiction Oct 14, 2009

Orphaned in India, Ashton Pelham-Martyn eventually joins the British Corps of Guides and struggles with his British/Indian identity.


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