The House of Blue Mangoes
Three generations of an ancient family come and go in Chevathar, the village by the sea. First there is Solomon, the patriarch, manoevuring to keep the peace as caste struggles begin to encroach on the village. Then there is the story of Solomon's sons, their fortunes rising and falling as India begins its struggle for independence. Finally, there is the story of Solomon's grandson, making his own stand for independence. A host of characters enliven these pages - from Father Ashcroft, the English priest washed up in a forgotten corner of the empire, to Mrs Wilkins the planter's wife who clings to the old ascendancy, and Helen, an Anglo-Indian beauty who brings about the final disintegration of the family.
- Paperback | 496 pages
- 128 x 192 x 34mm | 381.02g
- 02 Jan 2003
- Orion Publishing Co
- Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
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About David Davidar
David Davidar was born in South India into a military family in 1958. He was educated in India and at Harvard and is now publisher of Penguin Canada and based in Toronto.
We have given this a press date of the 30 January and the reviews we've received so far have been excellent. 'A contemplative novel about colonialism, lifted by the author's interest in landscape, weather and all matters botanical'THE INDEPENDENT 'Davidar's prose is grand learned and sensous'THE SUNDAY TIMES 'Davidar's novel seduces the senses with its lavish descriptions of food, heat and noise...... a fascinating exploration of family loyalties and tensions, set in a vibrant country against an enthralling backdrop of historical and political turmoil.'THE TIMES 'Davidar is an accomplished author. He writes beautifully - the imagery vivid, exotic and enticing'THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE "TheHouse of Blue Mangoes is a work of high promise from first-time novelist David Davidar. The detail is superb throughout: vivid characters; all the sights,