The House of Blue Mangoes: A Novel
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Robert0333 - LibraryThing
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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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