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Publisher Comments:

The House of Blue Mangoes tells the story of the Dorai family in south India during a time of tremendous political and social upheaval. The novel opens in 1899 with the patriarch Solomon Dorai — the headman of the picturesque village of Chevathar — contemplating the imminent destruction of his world and everything he holds dear. The decisions he makes to avert the catastrophe that threatens the village will mark the family for generations to come.

Sophisticated, filled with brilliant historical and emotional insight, enlivened by touches of humor and deeply felt tragedy that draw on the author's own family history, The House of Blue Mangoes is a gripping family chronicle, a stark indictment of colonialism, and a stunning account of a culture under assault by modernity.

Review:

"Davidar brings to life early 20th-century India with his vivid details of cuisine, weddings, epic tales, travel, and gender roles and his filtering of world events through the characters' experiences. Though the flow of the narrative is uneven at times, the Dorais and their exploits make for interesting reading." Library Journal

Review:

"A skilled and charming if conventional storyteller, Davidar works on a panoramic scale not unlike that of James Michener as he dramatizes conflicts over caste, religion, race, imperialism, and the status of women, and depicts everything from mango and tea growing to siddha medicine, riots, and weddings, in this enormously appealing and welcoming novel." Donna Seaman, Booklist

Synopsis:

"The House of Blue Mangoes" tells the story of the Dorai family in south India during a time of tremendous political and social upheaval. Sophisticated and filled with brilliant historical and emotional insight, it is enlivened by touches of humor and deeply felt tragedy that draw on the author's own family history.

Synopsis:

In 1899, in the south Indian village of Chevathar, Solomon Dorai is contemplating the imminent destruction of his world and everything he holds dear. As the thalaivar, or headman, of Chevathar, he seeks to preserve the village from both catastrophe and change, and the decisions he makes will mark his family for generations to come.

A gripping family chronicle, The House of Blue Mangoes spans nearly half a century and three generations of the Dorai family as they search for their place in a rapidly changing society. The novel brings vividly to life a small corner of India, while offering a stark indictment of colonialism and reflecting with great poignancy on the inexorable social transformations of the subcontinent.

About the Author

David Davidar began his career in Journalism and now works In publishing. He is married and lives in New Delhli.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060936785
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Davidar, David
Author:
by David Davidar
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
India
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
India Social life and customs.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Perennial ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
GTR-566
Publication Date:
March 4, 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
11 x 9 x 1.05 in 63.60 oz

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Product details 432 pages Perennial (HarperCollins) - English 9780060936785 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Davidar brings to life early 20th-century India with his vivid details of cuisine, weddings, epic tales, travel, and gender roles and his filtering of world events through the characters' experiences. Though the flow of the narrative is uneven at times, the Dorais and their exploits make for interesting reading."
"Review" by , "A skilled and charming if conventional storyteller, Davidar works on a panoramic scale not unlike that of James Michener as he dramatizes conflicts over caste, religion, race, imperialism, and the status of women, and depicts everything from mango and tea growing to siddha medicine, riots, and weddings, in this enormously appealing and welcoming novel."
"Synopsis" by , "The House of Blue Mangoes" tells the story of the Dorai family in south India during a time of tremendous political and social upheaval. Sophisticated and filled with brilliant historical and emotional insight, it is enlivened by touches of humor and deeply felt tragedy that draw on the author's own family history.

"Synopsis" by , In 1899, in the south Indian village of Chevathar, Solomon Dorai is contemplating the imminent destruction of his world and everything he holds dear. As the thalaivar, or headman, of Chevathar, he seeks to preserve the village from both catastrophe and change, and the decisions he makes will mark his family for generations to come.

A gripping family chronicle, The House of Blue Mangoes spans nearly half a century and three generations of the Dorai family as they search for their place in a rapidly changing society. The novel brings vividly to life a small corner of India, while offering a stark indictment of colonialism and reflecting with great poignancy on the inexorable social transformations of the subcontinent.

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