The Glass Palace has ratings and reviews. Jeanette said: Yes. This is why I read historical fiction. Amitav Ghosh devoted five years of hi. Set in Burma during the British invasion of , this masterly novel by Amitav Ghosh tells the story of Rajkumar, a poor boy lifted on the tides of political and. The Glass Palace There was only one person in the food-stall who knew exactly what that sound was that was rolling in across the plain, along the silver curve of .

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The style of The Glass Palace is elliptical, and at times, uneven. Set in Burma during the British amjtav ofthis masterly novel by Amitav Ghosh tells the story of Rajkumar, a poor boy lifted on the tides of political and social chaos, who goes on to create an empire in the Burmese teak forest. In several episodes, Ghosh asks the question, both of his readers and of his characters; can submission to an oppressor, in certain instances, be a sign glqss strength, rather than weakness?

The Glass Palace is indeed history masqueraded as finely crafted fiction, and politics discussed is ever relevant.

It was chance alone that was responsible for Rajkumar’s presence in Mandalay that November morning. Nov 30, Appu Shaji rated it it was amazing. And I believe I will hit the “become a fan” button on Ghosh’s page here on Goodreads after I finish this! Amitav Ghosh tells the story of a family and gyosh tumultuous history of Burma Myanmar. One of the things I found a little disconcerting about the book is that I could never pslace which the author would do when.

I cried and cried.

Except they were real and the author has taken pains to weave them as the backdrop for the first generation of the Rajkumar family tree. I enjoyed it more than that, ajitav wanted to cut through piles of redundancy within the WWII era spin offs of the story for that joy to approach a sustained 4.

He would pass from an intimate scene described in great detail, only to leap ahead by a amotav or more.


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rhe He opened my eyes to many of the less obvious aspects of photography. It was also translated into Burmese by writer Nay Win Myint and published serialized at one of Burma’s leading literary magazines Shwe Amyutay.

Also by Amitav Ghosh. The third goal, that of creating an interesting plot and believable characters in their own right rather than simply using them as an excuse to give us the history, often falls short.

Apr 01, Pages Buy. Other characters become important, among them Saya John, Rajkumar’s Chinese-born mentor in Burma, and Uma, the wife of pslace Collector in the small town where the deposed King has been exiled.

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Ghossh times I found myself almost weeping for their failures, even as I cheered their successes. But neither my father nor my uncle would have recognized the crop that I have aamitav.

There were times, many times throughout the narration, I wished to have simply bought a non-fiction Burmese history book and could have used the remaining to purchase some beer. Except that this is not told from a European point of view but an Indian one, colonial troops defending a country where they are not even allowed to use the swimming pools.

Can you think of examples where memory compelled a character to action, or impeded him from recognizing a particular truth? The novel is set in BurmaBengalIndiaand Malayaspans a century from the British invasion of Burma and the consequent fall of the Konbaung Dynasty in Mandalaythrough the Second World War to late 20th century.

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Amitav Ghosh came to the attention of the literary world earlier this ppalace when he refused the Best Book Prize from the Commonwealth Foundation. As looters raid the palace, Rajkumar, an Indian boy of 11, catches a glimpse of Dolly, one of the queen’s maids and “by far the most beautiful creature he had ever beheld, of a loveliness beyond imagining.

The crenellated ramparts were almost three storeys high, but of a soaring lightness, red in color, and topped by ornamented gateways with seven-tiered roofs. But it should have been a trilogy.


Mandalay, Morningside, Rangoon, Malaya, India? The novel sprawls across more than a century of Burma’s history, from the British invasion of northern Burma in until How does this debate affect the course and scope of the story? Retrieved from ” https: He is the last surviving member of his family and comes to Burma from India with a bright entrepreneurial spirit and a hunger for success.

Wondeful epic story of a family in the s to s. Nov 13, Debbie rated it it was amazing. Perhaps it was the very elusiveness of what I was trying to remember that engendered in me a near-obsessive urge to render the backgrounds of my characters’ lives as closely as I could.

Ghosh sets the novel in the Bengal region, which straddles modern-day borders of India, Bangladesh, Burma, and Malaysia, demonstrating how the porous nature of these cultures makes a significant argument against the arbitrary boundaries drawn during the colonial eras. Focusing mainly on the early 20th Century, it explores a broad range of issues, ranging from the changing economic landscape of Burma and India, to pertinent questions about what constitutes a nation and how these change as society is swept along by the tide of modernity.

And I was interested in the characters and in what would happen to them — at first. When soldiers force the royal family out of the Glass Palace and into exile, Rajkumar befriends Dolly, a young woman in the court of the Burmese Queen, whose love will shape his life. I was never bored by the story.

Claire Sexton I have nearly finished the book and am loving every minute. Well first of all, that is one elegant Author’s note. Feb 12, Pages Buy.

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