The Book


The book is very long but extremely well written. It took me an entire summer to read it but I still like to go back and read passages from it. It is a really good story. The mini series was also very good.

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I've read this book 5 or 6 times over 20 years and it never fails to sweep me away. Great read, long yes but worth every moment.

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I read the book many years ago. I am rereading it now. It is fascinating and so is the movie.

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I read the book myself back in the 80's probably a hear or so after the miniseries, and I enjoyed it immensely. Though I must admit that, like 'War and Rememberence' that I skipped over much of the warfare stuff toward the end of the book....

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I think her earlier book, The Rising of the Moon, is better than Far Pavilions. It is centered around the Mutiny (which is featured only in the very early part of Far Pavilions) but has similar themes to Pavilions. The hero, Alex Randall, is an early version of Ash, with many similar traits.
M.M. Kaye's great fault as a writer was that she was way too long winded. She badly needed an editor--both books would be better if they were not so long. The first edition of Rising of the Moon was severely pruned, by about a third of what she wrote. That was the edition in which I first read the book. Later, after the success of Far Pavilions, the earlier book was re-issued and because she was now a popular writer, the parts that had been cut were restored. I still think the first edition, with the cuts, was better.

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If you enjoyed the book that much, I think I'll check to see if my local library has a copy. Thanks for the comments!

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I loved the book, I thought the mini-series was very poorly casted, time for an updated version I think. I loved her book Trade Winds it is one of my favourites, I think that would make a great movie as well or mini-series.

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