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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 social chaos, who goes on to create an empire in the Burmese teak forest. 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 B 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 social chaos, who goes on to create an empire in the Burmese teak forest.
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. He cannot forget her, and years later, as a rich man, he goes in search of her. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Rajkumar , Dolly. Burma Myanmar. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
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Regards, Nita. Claire Sexton I have nearly finished the book and am loving every minute. I did not think I would as it is not the type of book I would pick for myself but so glad …more I have nearly finished the book and am loving every minute. I did not think I would as it is not the type of book I would pick for myself but so glad my book group chose it. Will like to read about Japanese war in southeast Asia,please can you recommend books? See all 6 questions about The Glass Palace….
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Glass Palace. He earned a doctorate at Oxford before he wrote his first novel, which was published in 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.
View all 4 comments. Shelves: indian-subcontinent-and-surrounding , asia , five-star-fiction , all-fiction , historical-fiction. This is why I read historical fiction.
Amitav Ghosh devoted five years of his life to the travel, research, and writing required to tell this story. It follows the mingled fates of three families and three countries--Burma, India, and Malaya, from through the mids.
The story begins with the British takeover of the kingdom of Burma as its king and queen are exiled to a remote compound in India. Through the lives of the orphan Rajkumar, his mentor Saya John, the girl Dolly, and her friend Uma, this sweeping tale explores the intricacies of colonialism, wars, divided loyalties, race relations, and the exploitation of subjugated peoples and their natural resources. The complexity of this work is astounding. Ghosh displays a deep understanding of local cultures and sentiments as well as of world history and politics.
It's a challenging read with a few dry patches in the early pages, becoming progressively more exciting and touching. I finished the last pages all in one go. I love the way Ghosh allows the family histories to cycle back around as Jaya searches for connections with her relatives and traces their legacy of courage and love, successes and sacrifices.
I cried and cried. View all 7 comments. May 07, Praj rated it liked it. Especially, if the gooey cheese was a blend of Munster, Monterey jack and yellow cheddar; the bread not too soggy but aptly moisten by the beef gravy.
It is pure bliss. Now, why would someone mess up such a meticulous appetizing combination? Do not ruin the sandwich. Sometimes finding equilibrium with the culinary fest becomes essential to restrict the malfunction of the taste buds. What a fucking nincompoop you would say, comparing an internationally acclaimed novel to a mere sandwich. I am not going to air kiss and bestow courteous admiring comments as to how the book merges a fascinating piece of history with a gratifying story.
The cynical bitch that I am, I want to know if it was worth my money. That is the golden word here. 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. Alcohol did prove to be a crucial company during some parts of my reading. One thing you should be sure of, Ghosh loves history and with his books one can gain knowledge of varied historical eras.
It is not that bad. The transformation of landscapes and the changes in fortune and agricultural economies turn out to be quite mesmerizing.
The exile of King Thibaw and the aftermath of his family life in the western coastal region of India was job well done. As for the creative writing part of it, the lives and families of Rajkumar and Dolly over three generations were loosely scripted and eventually got a bit unexciting. It seems like Ghosh, at some point must have been overwhelmed with his subjective research and could not find symmetry between reality and fantasy.
Just like the fancy steak sandwich; all those flavors of buttered crustacean, meat, cheese, truffles and maybe salmon roe, it a medley of disaster. It is not worth to separate the ingredients and if eaten in it entirety one cannot taste a damn thing. Lastly, I like to thank the makers of Heineken for not only making the vegetarians a happy bunch of people, but ,also for a superb fermentation process without which there would not be any chilled beer to be pleasured on a blistering day and help my reading.
As for Ghosh, darling, it would be an immense delight to meet you in person; as far as the books goes I would delightfully adore them only through the display windows. View all 9 comments. Amitav Ghosh tells the story of a family and the tumultuous history of Burma Myanmar. Burma is a country ravaged by war for more than fifty years, which only became a delicate new democracy in Beautiful people in The Golden Land, live amidst the most scenic places on earth.
It's teak forests, gold, rubber, and other natural resources formed part of the colonial land grabbing in the s, having Britain as their ruler for more than years. Kipling's visit to Rangoon in Burma, inspired Amitav Ghosh tells the story of a family and the tumultuous history of Burma Myanmar. Kipling's visit to Rangoon in Burma, inspired his poem "Mandalay" in This is a beautiful book. An atmospheric, picturesque tale of a family's struggles through decades, probably eighty years, to survive the politics and social revolt in a country ravaged by greed and expansionism.
A wealth of characters form the backbone of the saga. Rahkumar and Dolly are the main characters, starting out the journey for themselves and their descendants. Amitav Gosh, not only captured the battle on the streets, in public squares, battlefields, palaces and gardens, he went into the houses-intruding, violating privacy, to bring this tale alive. An excellent historical fiction experience. So well written and so detailed. The only reason why I don't rate it higher is because it was too long.
But by gosh Quote from the book: " Jul 23, Erwin rated it it was amazing Shelves: indian-authors , historical-fiction , favourites. I have just finished one of my new favourite books!
The Glass Palace
The novel is set in Burma , Bengal , India , and Malaya , spans a century from the British invasion of Burma and the consequent fall of the Konbaung Dynasty in Mandalay , through the Second World War to late 20th century. Through the stories of a small number of privileged families, it illuminates the struggles that have shaped Burma, India and Malaya into the places they are today. 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. The name of the novel derives from the Glass Palace Chronicle , which is an old Burmese historical work commissioned by King Bagyidaw in The novel starts with an year-old boy called Rajkumar running through the city of Mandalay to find a woman called Ma Cho.
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 the Irrawaddy, to the western wall of Mandalay's fort. His name was Rajkumar and he was an Indian, a boy of eleven - not an authority to be relied upon. The noise was unfamiliar and unsettling, a distant booming followed by low, stuttering growls. At times it was like the snapping of dry twigs, sudden and unexpected. And then, abruptly, it would change to a deep rumble, shaking the food-stall and rattling its steaming pot of soup.