It is the last year of the nineteenth century in the village of Chevathar in southern India. Solomon Dorai, the headman, is desperately trying to hold together the fraying ends of village life at a time of huge social and political unease. When violence finally erupts, it takes Solomon and the traditional structure of the village with it.
Three generations of Dorais come and go in the village by the sea, winning and losing the battle of Chevathar. There are Solomons sons: the dazzling, athletic Aaron and the studious Daniel, both exiled by their fathers death but in different ways, both determined to make their mark on the world. And there is Daniels son, Kannan, faced with a set of challenges that could break him if he isnt strong enough.
Davidars pages (are) the boldest and the biggest after Midnights Children S. Prasannarajan, India Today.
He has produced a masterpiece - Khushwant Singh, Outlook.
David Davidar has done what few authors and fewer debut novelists can hope tohes created a world entire, a fictional universe both compelling and complete Nilanjana Roy,The Hindu.
Gripping, The House of Blue Mangoes is a polished and accomplished work Akash Kapur, New York Times Book Review.
The House of Blue Mangoes is a Tolstoyan social saga a solidly absorbing, richly informative Indian novel that should please a lot of readers just about anyone, in fact, with an interest in the subcontinent, or anyone whos looking for a good read Alice K. Turner, Washington Post.