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M. M. Kaye (1908–2004)

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M. M. Kaye was born on August 21, 1908 in Simla, India to British parents. She wrote numerous books during her lifetime including Death Walks in Kashmir, Later than You Think, Shadow of the Moon, Trade Wind, The Far Pavilions, The Sun in the Morning, Golden Afternoon, and Enchanted Evening. She vis mere also wrote and illustrated children's books including The Ordinary Princess. She died on January 29, 2004 at the age of 95. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre


Værker af M. M. Kaye

De fjerne pavilloner (1978) 2,377 eksemplarer
The Ordinary Princess (1980) 1,697 eksemplarer
I månens skygge (1957) 915 eksemplarer
Trade Wind (1963) 497 eksemplarer
Death in Kashmir (1953) 403 eksemplarer
Death in Zanzibar (1959) 378 eksemplarer
Death in Cyprus (1956) 351 eksemplarer
Death in Kenya (1958) 312 eksemplarer
Death in Berlin (1955) 303 eksemplarer
Death in the Andamans (1960) 291 eksemplarer
The Sun in the Morning (1990) 204 eksemplarer
The Far Pavilions, Volume 2 (1970) 97 eksemplarer
Death in Zanzibar / Death in Kenya (1959) 90 eksemplarer
Golden Afternoon (1997) 81 eksemplarer
The Far Pavilions, Volume 1 (1978) 66 eksemplarer

Associated Works

Kipling: The Complete Verse (1940) — Forord, nogle udgaver717 eksemplarer
Original Letters from India (1986) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver126 eksemplarer
The Golden Calm: An English Lady's Life in Moghul Delhi (1980) — Redaktør — 81 eksemplarer
The Far Pavilions [1984 TV mini series] (1996) — Original book — 22 eksemplarer
Moon of Other Days: Favourite Verses (1988) — Redaktør — 16 eksemplarer

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Juridisk navn
Kaye, Mary Margaret
Andre navne
Kaye, Mollie
Simla, India
Lavenham, Suffolk, England, UK
Germany (vis alle 7)
Pevensey, Sussex, England, UK
historical novelist
mystery writer
Kaye, Sir John William (grandfather's cousin)
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Colonel James Tod International Award, Maharana Mewar Foundation (2003)
Kort biografi
Mary Margaret ("Mollie") Kaye was born in India into a family of military officers and statesmen that had served the British government for many generations. Sir John William Kaye, one of her grandfather's cousins, was Political Secretary of the India Office and the author of the classic histories of the Indian Mutiny and the First Afghan War. Another cousin, Edward Kaye, commanded a battery at the 1857 Siege of Delhi and was later made a Lieutenant General. Mollie Kaye was born in Simla, the summer capital of the Raj, and spent the cool months of the year living in Delhi. In her obituary, the Guardian said, "[S]he was raised by servants, speaking Hindustani before English, while playing around gun emplacements and dodging her ayah to listen to storytellers in the Delhi bazaar. Like Kipling's Kim, she thought herself Indian, 'just a member of a different caste in a land of castes'. " After education at boarding school in England, Mollie returned to India. In 1945, she married Major-General Goff Hamilton of Queen Victoria's Own Corps of Guides; the couple had two daughters. Her husband's military postings took Mollie all over the world, and she juggled her duties as a mother and an officer's wife with her writing under the pen name M.M. Kaye. Her 3-volume autobiography is called Share of Summer and comprises The Sun In The Morning (1990), Golden Afternoon (1997), and Enchanted Evening (1999).



April 2022: M. M. Kaye i Monthly Author Reads (juli 2022)


Come ho scritto a suo tempo nello scegliere Padiglioni lontani la mia più grande paura era quella di trovarmi a leggere un romanzo con un punto di vista colonialista, visto che l’autrice proveniva da una famiglia con stretti legami con l’impero anglo-indiano e abbia vissuto diversi anni in India.

Per fortuna, in gran parte si trattava di una paura ingiustificata. Gli unici momento in cui Kaye mi ha infastidito il mio culo bianco sono quelli nei quali professa le opportunità della collaborazione tra culture diverse (in questo caso quella inglese con quelle presenti in India), dimenticando che il Regno Unito non era andato in India per collaborare e che i rapporti tra i due popoli non possono essere ridotti a relazioni tra persone. L’idea che tutto sarebbe andato meglio scremando persone violente e razziste mi è sembrata molto naïf.

Accanto a questa ingenuità, però, c’è un ritratto dell’India e della sua complessità davvero molto interessante, dettato evidentemente da un grande amore per questa nazione. C’è molto rispetto per le sue tradizioni e questo fa sì che non vengano risparmiate delle stoccate agli aspetti che non funzionano, ma senza opporre una presunta superiorità inglese (che per Kaye non esiste, visto che diversi esponenti del Regno Unito non fanno una bella figura).

Per il resto la storia ha un gusto epico ed è di quelle che divori perché ti affezioni ai vari personaggi (pure ai cavalli, in effetti) e devi assolutamente sapere al più presto come evolveranno le loro vite. È di quei mattoni che non fanno pesare il loro numero di pagine, pieni di avventura, amore (meno di quanto pensassi, e per fortuna, perché la prima notte di passione tra Ash e Juli è una delle cose più creepy che abbia mai letto e pare uscita dal più brutto degli Harmony), intrighi, amicizie e eroismo. Se adesso avete lunghe giornate da passare a casa, direi che Padiglioni lontani può essere un buon libro da recuperare (adesso edito da E/O).
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lasiepedimore | 66 andre anmeldelser | Jan 12, 2024 |
The beginning was bumpy but a fun read when you're in the mood for a 50s-era romantic suspense mystery. It has lots of rich people, colonialism, brash Americans, plucky young woman in a bind, communists - all set in foreign airports and an exotic island (I'm imagining Grace Kelly and William Holden in the movie...)
mmcrawford | 14 andre anmeldelser | Dec 5, 2023 |
Doesn't really wear well
mrsnickleby | 66 andre anmeldelser | Nov 14, 2023 |
I watched the TV mini-series around the time of the 1984 Olympics (made a change from watching "V"!) and whilst the events are in a different order here, it is essentially the same story.[return][return]Ash is born in India to English parents, who are killed during an uprising when Ash is still a young boy. He is rescued by his nursemaid, who passes him off as her son, since he is dark enough to pass as a native. His new mother gets a job in the palace of a maharaja, and Ash becomes the bodyguard/playmate of his favourite son. He is also followed around by the baby half-sister of the prince who has developed a crush on him. Ash makes enemies of some of the royal household by protecting the prince, and as his second mother lies dying he finds out that he is really english and must go back to his homeland.[return][return]Back in England he is taught to be a proper sahib, although he always feels that the Indians are hard done by. After passing his army exams, he is sent back to India. One of his duties is to escort two princesses to their new palace for their marriage. During the trip he realises that one of the princesses is the one who followed him around as a child, and he is pulled back into the politics and the murderous enemies who stalked him as a child. Against his better (or worse) judgement he leaves Anjuli and Sushila with their new husband, and continues to perform as a Sahib in the English Army.[return][return]Finally he gets word that Anjuli's husband has died and has insisted on Suttee - a practise made illegal by the british, but still practised, where the live brides are placed on the funeral pyre of their husbands and are burned to death. He races back to rescue Anjuli, but cannot rescue Sushila, and has to kill her on the pyre. Then there is a big rush to escape and Ash leaves the army to live with Anjuli in the mountains.… (mere)
nordie | 66 andre anmeldelser | Oct 14, 2023 |


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