The House of Blue Mangoes (Paperback)

By David Davidar

Harper Perennial, 9780060936785, 432pp.

Publication Date: January 20, 2016



In 1899, in the south Indian village of Chevathar, 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.

A gripping family chronicle, The House of Blue Mangoes spans nearly half a century and three generations of the Dorai family as they search for their place in a rapidly changing society. The novel brings vividly to life a small corner of India, while offering a stark indictment of colonialism and reflecting with great poignancy on the inexorable social transformations of the subcontinent.

Praise For The House of Blue Mangoes

“Riveting … thrilling … exploding with brilliant, polished passages.”
-Seattle Times

“Thoroughly engrossing … Davidar’s rich debut … offers a sweeping and generous view of India’s fractured history.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Page-turning readability … manifests the graces and attractions of a lost time.”
-San Francisco Chronicle

“Lush, densely detailed, sweeping family saga … a tale of grand scope.”

“Lush prose … [Davidar] tells a fine, true, accurate tale with vividness and verve.”
-Baltimore Sun

“The House of Blue Mangoes is a perfect body of work, honed and polished to a high gloss”
-London Times

“The book is huge in scope but intimate in detail . . . there are some magnificent set pieces”
-Daily Telegraph (London)