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The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye
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Oct 26, 08

bookshelves: fiction, foreign-culture, historical, favourites
Recommended to Alison by: Julie
Recommended for: History buffs and Culture hounds
Read in October, 2008

Despite the length, I loved this book. The characters, the places, the action and intrigue all held my attention to the very last page. Woven through the history of 19th century India is Ashton's struggle to find his place in society--his identity. He is a man with superior language skills and an uncanny ability to meld with local customs, yet he never is "at home." Always the outsider, he can never truly be himself, except with his "larla" (darling)...
A map in the book would really enhance the reading. I found a useful website that includes maps, photos and historical information:
http://www.purrlions.net/ash/index.htm
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