East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

The Far Pavilions, the Musical


So I decided to read a few books about India in 2015.
I’ve been trying to track a cheap copy of M.M. Kaye‘s The Far Pavilions for a while.
I was about to get me a paperback copy in English when I tracked a fine used copy of the Italian edition for about five bucks.
“Unknown binding” it said in the seller’s description… ah, the thrill of a small mystery.

Meanwhile, I found out a musical was made of this big romantic melodramatic adventure novel – after all, the theme was well suited to a stage adaptation with song and dance.

And here’s a few songs from the West End production – that despite what the poster said, did not last.
I usually find modern musicals weirdly disquieting – the adaptation of Hugo, Dickens and, indeed, Kaye, gives us people singing about pretty grim stuff.
And yet, Melodrama’s so much fun, as the poet said


Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “The Far Pavilions, the Musical

  1. Oh! They made a musical… I remember reading the Italian translation, some twenty-five years ago (goodness!), as a high school girl. Wasn’t there a movie, too? I seem to recall Amy Irving playing Anjuli? I love how you can always trust a musical will crop up, sooner or later.


    • There was a mini-series, actually, yes.
      And probably they recut it to assemble a theatrical feature.

      And my copy arrived this morning – the “unknown binding” turned out to be a pretty commonplace hardback.


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