The House of Blue Mangoes by David Davidar audiobook

The House of Blue Mangoes

By David Davidar
Read by Simon Vance

Blackstone Publishing
16.91 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781470890780

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In 1899, in the south Indian village of Chevathar, renowned for its groves of a rare variety of blue mango, 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. Richly emotional and abundant in historical detail, The House of Blue Mangoes is a gripping family chronicle that spans nearly a half century and three generations of the Dorai family as they search for their place in a rapidly changing society. Whether recruited into the burgeoning independence movement, apprenticed in ancient medical arts, or managing a British tea plantation, the Dorai men nevertheless find themselves drawn back to their ancestral land by profound emotional ties that transcend even the most powerful forces of history.

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One of the 2002 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

In 1899, in the south Indian village of Chevathar, renowned for its groves of a rare variety of blue mango, 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.

Richly emotional and abundant in historical detail, The House of Blue Mangoes is a gripping family chronicle that spans nearly a half century and three generations of the Dorai family as they search for their place in a rapidly changing society. Whether recruited into the burgeoning independence movement, apprenticed in ancient medical arts, or managing a British tea plantation, the Dorai men nevertheless find themselves drawn back to their ancestral land by profound emotional ties that transcend even the most powerful forces of history.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Lush, densely detailed, sweeping family saga…A tale of grand scope.” Time
“Thoroughly engrossing…a sweeping and generous view of India’s fractured history.” Publishers Weekly
“[Vance] employ[s] a straightforward delivery without flourishes or stylization. To his credit, however, he does not condescend. The novel traces a proud landowning family in India as the country breaks from British control. [He] does not shy from the distinctive Indian accent, and he delivers with great dignity.” AudioFile
“Skilled and charming…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.” Booklist
“An epic sweep and several strikingly imagined characters are the most impressive features of this…debut: an ambitious three-generational saga that embraces the early twentieth-century history of the Indian subcontinent, Gandhi’s pacifist revolution, and the collapse of the British Raj…A lavish tale.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: David Davidar

Author Bio: David Davidar

David Davidar began his career in journalism and now works in publishing. He is married and lives in New Delhi.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 16.91
Audience: Adult
Language: English