An oldie but goodie - The Far Pavilions

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Darkginger

An oldie but goodie - The Far Pavilions

So, we finally got Netflix in Ireland, and the old TV series 'The Far Pavilions' (based on the book by M.M. Kaye) is available to watch. I started, but 10 minutes into it I decided I wanted to read the book first - and I am so happy I did! For those unfamiliar with it...

It is a huge novel, set in Victorian-era India. The main character is Ash - born to British parents in India, brought up as Indian until late childhood, then returned to Britain for education before coming back to India as part of the army stationed there.

The book explores his dual nature, where he's neither fully British nor fully Indian - but it's also a romping romance, full of intrigue, danger, adventure, heroes and villains. The setting is - well, India, during the time of the East India Company, the Raj, and all that colonial stuff. The country itself it like another character - beautifully described and essential to plot development - the story just couldn't have been set anywhere else.

I can't praise this book highly enough - I saw the series back when it first aired on TV, but had forgotten a lot of it. I'm half way through the book now, and can't wait to watch it on Netflix once I've finished.

If you've never read it - do!

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Liz from Cumbria

Far Pavilions

I remember reading this years ago and thoroughly enjoying it. I think it's one of those worth a re-read. Thanks for the reminder.

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SonyaK

The Far Pavilions

I read this years ago, as well, Liz. Don't remember much about it, but do remember enjoying it.
Tried watching the TV mini-series but found it too slow and rather boring, so gave up!!
I think the book is the better option!

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foxylady

FAR PAVILLIONS

Also read this years ago and enjoyed it. Probably kindle it for future re-reading. x

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Grannie Cool

Oldies but goodies.

Thanks for reminding me of The Far Pavilions. I too, watched it and read the book years ago, so have now downloaded it on my kindle. Whilst I was at it, I found I could access The Raj Quartet 1, 2, 3, and 4, plus Staying on all by Paul Scott. Also A passage to India by E.M. Forster, all of which I have watched and read. I guess I could say I am having an "indian moment".
I look forward to re-reading them in the fullness of time

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Darkginger

Indian indulgence

Oh Grannie - you've got me at it too now - have just bought the Raj Quartet - which should keep me going a while, I think! I'm also having an 'Indian moment' - listening to the music, cooking/eating the food, and reading the books - plus finally brushing up on Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi history!

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Grannie Cool

Indian Indulgance!!!!

I do hope you enjoy Darkginger, I know I will....... I still remember watching "Jewel in the Crown" and "Far Pavilions"...will be able to put faces to the characters as I am reading it.... how sad and old am I???
Talking of putting characters to faces. I have just finished reading "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"
by Deborah Moggach. I loved it, I hope the film is as good.
If it wasn't for my little dog, I'd be booking a room this afternoon!!!!!

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Expat Badger

best exotic marigold hotel

well the line up is fantastic! Heard Bill Nighy on the radio (podcast) talking about it the other day and we've mentally bookmarked it!

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Elpe

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The movie is totally brill! Superb acting, great setting, funny and very poignant. I usually like to read the book first but simply couldn't wait so saw the film and will read the book as soon as I've finished After You'd Gone.

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SonyaK

Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

I hadn't heard of this movie, so did a Google! After reading the Guardian review I'm not so sure about wanting to see it!!
Expat, I agree the line up is fantastic and I really like Bill Nighy.

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Broomstick

Best Exotic and Far Pavilions

Only just seen this thread - but absolutely loved the Marigold Hotel film (saw last week). Really couldn't fail I think with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith but hats off to the producer/director as it was a fantastic film and easy to follow. None of this dobbing about and close ups of eyes and dizzy making switches. I recently looked for MM Kaye's Far Pavs as I was dying to read it again but couldn't find it in the library. Made a mental note to order it online from the library, which I'll now activate as it's whetted my lit appetite. For the Indian folk, did anyone see Felicity Kendall's documentary last night on re-visiting her childhood homes in India? I was fascinated by their mastery of Shakespeare. Don't know whether the Brits would perform Indian literature so well..

 
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