House of Blue Mangoes

Author(s): David Davidar


Three generations of an ancient Indian family come and go in this book set in Chevathar, a village by the sea. Over a period of 50 years of turbulent Indian history, this book tells the story of the Dorai family, relating many stories in one, each slipping into the other.


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A major literary event, over ten years in the writing 50,000 'Big Spend' marketing campaign for paperback 30,000 copies of trade edition already sold 'The book is huge in scope but intimate in detail...there are some magnificent set pieces' Daily Telegraph 'He knows how to tell a good story, and to do it with words and phrases that stamp on the mind a lasting impression of the sights, sounds and smells of southern India' Independent on Sunday 'Davidar skilfully mixes the political with the personal to create an engrossing read' Daily Mail

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,

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.

General Fields

  • : 9780753813898
  • : orion
  • : orion
  • : January 2003
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : David Davidar
  • : Paperback
  • : FEB03
  • : 823
  • : 496
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