The House of Blue Mangoes: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Mar 4, 2003 - Fiction - 432 pages
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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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The House of Blue Mangos is a well told story of three generations of the "Dorai" family in South India, mostly in the modern day state of Tamil Nadu, but under the British Raj, the Madras Presidency ... Read full review

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User Review  - karenmerguerian - LibraryThing

It's a good long summer-reading type of book and there's some brushes with history and with Indian culture: food, religion, architecture. But somehow the characters were not compelling to me until I ... Read full review

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Contents

CHEVATHAR I
88
BOOK 3
113
AUTHORS NOTE
417
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David Davidar began his career in Journalism and now works In publishing. He is married and lives in New Delhli.

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