The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye

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The Far Pavilions is the story of an English man - Ashton Pelham-Martyn - brought up as a Hindu. It is the story of his passionate, but dangerous love for Juli, an Indian princess. It is the story of divided loyalties, of friendship that endures till death, of high adventure 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 exceptional gifts of storytelling and meticulous historical accuracy, plus her insight into the human heart.

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M. M. Kaye was born in 1908 in Simla, India, the summer residence of the British viceroy and the city to which she returned every summer for the first ten years of her life. The cool months were spent in Delhi, the capital of British India. At the time, her father was President of the Council of an Indian state then known as Rajputana, and she often accompanied him on official visits to other parts of the country. Kaye's ties with India are strong: her grandfather, father, brother and husband all served the Raj, and her grandfather's first cousin, Sir John Kaye, wrote standard accounts of the first Afghan War, and was Political Secretary of the India Office and the author of a classic six-volume history of the Indian Mutiny. When India achieved independence her husband joined the British Army and for the next nineteen years she followed him to places she would not otherwise have seen, including Kenya, Zanzibar, Egypt, Cyprus and Germany. M. M. Kaye has written a number of detective novels, but is known for her highly successful historical novels, including the bestselling The Far Pavilions, her first book, and Shadow of the Moon. She died on January 29, 2004.
Published January 15, 1997 by St. Martin's Griffin. 960 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Ash reconnects with his childhood love, Princess Anjuli (Amy Irving, Alias, Carrie), who is set to marry someone else.

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Kaye's exotic 1200 page historical romance, the series is a valiant attempt to translate to the small screen the massive novel about a love affair between a British officer and an Indian princess set against the British occupation of India in the late 19th century and the beginnings of the Indian...

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(The perfunctorily inserted Indian music and lyrics are by Kuljit Bhamra.) Where "Far Pavilions" generally wants to come across as epic and ennobling, it's instead mostly cheesy, requiring little from its cast beyond loud, surging voices (Simon Gleeson as Ash's buddy Walter excels on that front)...

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