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It feels like an adventure with menace and intriguingly the sense of menace comes not only from the mysterious Saxby who from various accounts is either dead dying sick or gone completely off is rocker and darkening Out of the Ashes (The Legacy Chronicles, his skin and dressing like a Sikh but also from the triggerappy British officers assisting in the unt for SaxbyI was a
HUGE FAN OF SCOTT S THE RAJ UARTET BUT fan of Scott s The Raj uartet but also read it years ago and I m oping when I reread it it won t be as disappointing as The Love Pavilion If you read this earlier book after reading the Raj uartet as I did you can tell that Scott was still developing an idea He is fascinated by the idea that there is to life than the cut and dried approach of the British military or administrative classes His looking for it in the East where rightly or wrongly e sees practical matters taking on lesser import than the mystical A certain type of Westerner is attracted in this way In this novel Saxby encourages Brent to seek God or the truth by testing imself away from the western way of life Brent is never uite sure if Six-Moon Trail he s found something In the same wayis affection for the mixed race prostitute is troubled because she deliberately confuses by adopting a western or eastern persona He is desperate to believe that it is than a commercial transaction He is desperate to find is soul somewhere in Malaya In the Raj uartet this search is played out much subtly by developed characters In the end the relationship with the prostitute leans too much to frustrated sexual fantasy although such frustrations were no doubt real enough for Scott when e was serving in the East during WW2 The woman s view is never seen This is the enormous strength of the Raj uartet that many of the protagonists are women of all ages Even in comparison to the Raj uartet this early minor work by Paul Scott was pretty amazing The story takes place in India prior to and just
AFTER WW2 IT CONCERNS THE LIVES OF TWO BRITISH WW2 It concerns the lives of two British patriots who meet before the war each seeking a deeper meaning and connection to life Their paths intersect again after the war with the experience of war aving changed both and in some ways bringing forth the essential nature in each Additionally the protagonist and narrator falls in love with a Eurasian prostitute whose distinct role and perspective are brought to bear on the euationHighly recommended for followers of Paul Scott or those seeking and introductio. Memorable for the strange beautiful romance between Tom and a protean Eurasian beauty whom e meets in the eponymous Chinese Love Pavilio. ,
This was a find in a used bookshop an unread pocket paperback published in 1960 and this was the paragraph that ooked me on page 36Ah well You are a romantic You re probably capable of anything Of falling in love with intimate distances let s say falling in love with something you ve never set eyes on Oh that s the best kind of romanticism The very best I love Paul Scott the author of the Raj uartet His books perfectly reflect the best and the
Worst Of The Britishof the British India and at the same time give a beautifully drawn picture of the country The Chinese Love Pavilion is atypically set mainly in Malaya just after the end of the Second World War The army are looking for Saxby who is supected of various murders and The Witches has disappeared into the jungle They enlist theelp of Tom Brent who as known Saxby an eccentric and strange character The Chinese Love Pavilion is where the army officers meet their Chinese mistresses a mysterious place full of sensual colours and imagery This is a love story as well as a novel about mysticism power and corruption I am enjoying it immensely As in The Raj uartet the setting is interesting the characters are powerful and the storyline is griping I thoroughly enjoyed this book The Love Pavilion 1960 opens with the first person narrator British Tom Brent reflecting back on a scene of great exoticism
the Chinese love pavilion on the grounds of a small estate in Malaya where e ad gone in search of anChinese love pavilion on the grounds of a small estate in Malaya where e The Princes Mistress had gone in search of an and mysterious friend and fallen in love with aalf Chinese prostitute in 1945 The estate ad been owned by a wealthy Chinese merchant who was murdered one day and is ead set on a pike to frighten and warn onlookers Then the pavilion became the site of
Executions Of Chinese Soldiersguerrillasof Chinese soldiersguerrillas Japanese ad conuered Malaya and occupied it from 1942 1945 At the point when the British kicked out the Japanese the pavilion with its beautiful green yellow and scarlet rooms became the location of assignations between the local British officers and several young Chinese prostitutes who would dress in gowns corresponding to the colors of their rooms the British officer would wear a dressing robe in the color of the prostitute whose company Afgantsy he chose to enjoy that night Tom Brent tells us thate Distant Early Warning (Star Trek (Star Trek: S.C.E., had fallen in love with one of these prostitutes Teena Chang butis story begins earlier in IndiaBrent at the age of about twenty Somnium has left England to makeis. The Love Pavilion follows a young British clerk Tom Brent who must track down a former friend now suspected of murder in Malaya Tom faces. .
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Way in India since that was the path of is grandfather He s an orphan I think at any
"rate family less "family less and ambitionless He lands in Bombay where e works as a low level clerk until e appens to cross paths with a charismatic fellow Brit about ten or fifteen years older named Brian Saxby who also seems to ave no career Saxby waxes philosophical endlessly This put me in mind of some of the manly philosophizing that tends to go on in the thrillers of John Buchan although a lurid by which I actually mean pale imitation thereof Brent and Saxby become friends or less Saxby persuades Brent to leave Bombay which Saxby derides as dull for Punjab to work on the arid lands of a farmer e knows named Greystone Brent spends about four years working these arid lands though Greystone never seems to be able to grow anything At this point we are about 75 80 pages into the novel and it seems aimless and purposeless indeed In Bombay Brent Dem Nordpol am nächsten has an affair with an Indian girl whose nipples are always straining the fabric ofer clothes In the Punjab e dates a British girl named Millicent but tells us the relationship will never go anywhereThe war intervenes although very very succinctly Brent does something during the war fights maybe Leads a platoon It s ard to say and it s all over in a sentence or two Then
a Major Turner asks The Site Book him to go to Malaya to find Brian Saxby whoas gone to groundMajor Turner asks The Devils Possession him to go to Malaya to find Brian Saxby whoas gone to ground Chinese merchant Betraying Beauty (Vegas Titans, has been found murdered and Brian Saxby is Suspect Number One This plot turn is a nice development for the reader who was just about to donate the novel to the local Rosicrucian Society for the Betterment of Illiterates Now instead of skimming endless lame philosophical conversations and waiting as Greystone tries to knead something living from the soil perhaps we might be embarking on a Heart of Darkness esue journeyIn Malaya Brent isoused with the local British army officers Their leader Major Reid kindly donates the time and services of Vrolok his prostitute Teena Chang said by some to be the most beautiful woman in Malaya to Brent Let it be said that everything in the novelaving to do with women prostitutes and love feels like a phony scaffold on which Scott is constructing the idea of the exotic It takes the novel into Reader s Digest Condensed Books territory What the reader wants is of the unt for Saxby plotline which granted is not that far above Reader s Digest But at least. Great danger both from the mysterious Malayan jungles and the political tensions between British officers but the novel is perhaps most. .