Loved: This is another stand-by favorite of mine. The story is utterly beautiful and gives new meaning to phrase “sweeping epic.” It was one of the first books to completely captivate me in our world rather than a fantasy one. The setting (India) is rich, violent and vibrant; the main characters (Ash and Juli) are unbelievably complex and touching. I would be beside myself with joy if this story ever came to the big screen (and the TV mini-series does NOT count).
Learned: Although the narration is fairly distant, M.M. Kaye does an excellent job of getting us into the minds of her characters. And we understand, as the story unfolds, that it is simultaneously India’s tale as much as it is Ash and Juli’s. The setting descriptions are painted with an expert touch. Kaye doesn’t use dialogue often, but she has a way of making a single word speak volumes! It packs far more power than three pages of quick-witted quips. I’m still trying to figure this out for my own stuff.