When The Far Pavilions was first published 19 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.
©1978 M.M. Kaye (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
The best kind of historical fiction. Tale of a young man growing up in two cultures. The characters are vivid, the time and place seem so real, the story moves at just the right speed. The narrator is excellent.
I love historical fiction, and this book was no disappointment. I learned a lot about India, and Afghanistan . the characters are engaging and fascinating . Being torn between two different worlds and not fitting in anywhere must be so difficult .
I love to read, the books need to be fairly complicated or interesting in their own way. I belong to a book club that selects great books.
This book was awesome and interesting from front to back. So well written. The characters were interesting and not always predictable.
History, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy
This book really does have it all but spends more than it's fair share of time with the tensions brought on by the British influence in India and Pakistan and not enough time in my opinion revealing the very interesting and rich cultures of the region. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of grand descriptive prose here but it leans heavily on the military aspects. By the time you finish this book you feel that you may have traversed from Bombay to the Hindu Kush and back again yourself. It is exhausting, it is huge, and it is definitely written richly and beautifully for the indulgent and appreciative reader/listener. It is a marvel.
Great story and historically accurate. We learned so much about the culture and society. Should be in the top 10 of historical novels.
This was a wonderful book. I spent the month of October enjoying the adventures of Ashton Pelham-Martyn as he grew up in 19th century Northern India as a member of the English Army stationed in India. I learned a great deal while listening to this amazing book. I won't retell the story but I listened to every word. I researched the people and events that were truthfully stated by the author. It was time well spent and I recommend it highly. I listened every day for one to three hours. It was a commitment, but a worthwhile one. I'm so glad I chose this book from Audible.
Ashton Pelham-Martyn - the main character.
No, I haven't listened to Vikas Adam previously. He was fantastic. His pronunciations and accents for the many ancillary characters were superb.
Don't make a film. It already was one. I do NOT plan to see it. I am leaving the book in my head - not on film.
Thank you, Audible.
I "found" this book years ago and have re-read and handed off copies to friends, something about it calls to me. Totally enjoyed being able to listen after having read it several times in the past. The narration was excellent. I love the characters and the whole story of the british going into Afghanistan, begs the old adage "those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it".
Highly recommend, absolutely love this story!
I read The Far Pavilions many years ago. To listen to it now was ....... Can't put it into words. Fantastic. I was taken to India whenever I was listening. The reader was excellent. He did voices of the characters very convincingly , they were outstanding. Loved it.
"Fabulous story but TERRIBLE narration"
This is a great story, highs and lows, tears and laughter, but what ruined it throughout was the excruciatingly bad narration. The English accent was American/Canadian, and the Welsh and Irish accents were like nails down a blackboard. They were appalling in fact and totally distracted from the story. It was a 5 star book but the narration ruined it.
"A marathon but worth the journey!"
An epic tale of love and struggle, set in the sweeping history of India's past
"The Far Pavilions"
Great story - especially given the English / Indian contrast and Ash's position between them
The English accent and pronunciation occasionally grated and was far too american to be believable as upper class 19th century English.
Far more enjoyable that the film, since the book is able to provide far more detail and context of Ash's experiences growing up in both India and England.
"Romance and adventure at their best!"
Every bit as delightful as the first time I read this over 30 years ago. The detail is excellent and the narrative so precise I can almost smell India, hear the sounds and feel the heat. Well worth a read. The narrator's accents were not perfect but it did sound as though he was enjoying the story too.
"One point could have transformed the telling of this amazing epic"
Loved this story since I first read it as a child. Listening to it years later there was so much I missed and enjoyed it thoroughly. It is a mammoth undertaking to convert the original book to audio but I am so glad that the publishers/producers did. I did expect either English or Indian accents throughout so was surprised to hear a slight American accent and odd neither English nor Indian pronunciations of words. Maybe my ignorance of the narrator, maybe a different author would have been better - from my perspective at least. It's a petty point.
A wonderful story that had me captivated all the way through. It was beautifully read.
he was great at Indian accent but the Irish was more Scottish but as book
is mostly indan I didn't mind
"A ripping yarn, shame about the reader"
This is a great story, and whilst not being classic literature, captivates the listener from beginning to end. It's immense but usually gripping and you don't notice the length of the book. I have to agree with the reviewers who comment on the choice of narrator. To be fair to Mr Adam, he does the Indian accent very well, and fortunately most of the dialogue is between native Indian speakers. But he really struggles with the English colonists and his Irish accent is truly laughable. It's a shame because it intrudes with the story. They really should have tried someone like Sam Dastor, who did such a wonderful job narrating A Passage to India and who had the same challenges. But it's worth listening to all the same, and maybe the English (and the Irish!) would be the only ones to notice.
Brilliant story, really involving and will give you something to listen to for hours. Not sure about narration at the beginning as I thought it sounded a bit American, but I didn't need to worry! Narration turned out to definitely be the right choice and really added to the experience.
Absolutely, I read it the first time over 20 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it again. There is so much detail and with Ash's life taking so many twists and turns it was like having several books in one.
Can't compare, it's a story on it's own.
His wonderful, rich accent, it's glorious to listen to, really bringing the story to life.
No not really, it's far too long, so wouldn't be possible and in any case, I enjoyed making it last and didn't want it to end.
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