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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He couldn’t afford to feed his crew that long, he’d decided: But somehow this part of the book didn’t meld with the rest.

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Amitav Ghosh devoted five years of his life to the travel, research, and writing required to tell this story. 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 amitxv imagining.

This is a Historical fiction pivoted around milestones with a few real characters spanning countries and 3 generations.

Much of the book seemed like an effort to situate the characters in convenient times and places so as to give us some history and promote an anti-colonialist agenda.

But for the most part, he chopped off some heads and left some portions cut into puzzle pieces with his camera. His name was Rajkumar and he was an Amiatv, a boy of eleven – not an authority to be relied upon. Blass haven’t read such a poignantly moving book in quite a while! Kipling’s visit to Rangoon in Burma, inspired Amitav Ghosh tells the story of a family and the tumultuous history of Burma Myanmar. Dec 03, Thebooktrail rated it it was amazing Shelves: And it broke the family saga’s continuity of deep characterization, IMHO.


He resented being categorised as a Commonwealth writer, and also objected that the only works considered for the prize were those written in English. His most recent novel, Sea palqce Poppies, is the first volume of the Ibis Trilogy.

Indeed one of the core themes of the book is that of actions and morality; rather than offer a simplistic view of morality, Ghosh colours his characters actions with varying shades of grey, from the mutiny of Arjan, whose bluster and good-will gradually dissolve in the dehumanisation of war, to Uma, whose supercilious demeanour belies her passionate humanism, Ghosh expertly weaves a rich tapestry of motivations behind the actions of the characters. Palwce readers might be well-advised to compile a family tree as they go; it gets complicated.

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Parentless, but with a strong guiding force in his mentor, Saya John, Rajkumar starts to make a life for himself, his new wife and young family. Where do we see this pursuit played out? The Intellectually inclined or people who enjoy ‘readable not-complex’ literature. The author of five non-fiction books… More pallace Amitav Ghosh.

The noise was unfamiliar and unsettling, a distant booming followed by low, stuttering growls. The ghe of a new Collector stirs up feelings of resentment towards the colonial regime, but Uma, the Collector’s headstrong wife, is able to help bridge the gap by befriending Dolly. Books by Amitav Ghosh. In The HinduMeenakshi Mukherjee calls the novel “the most scathing critique of British colonialism I have ever come across in fiction. World wars one and two feature in so much as we see the participation of the British-Indian amitag in the fighting and also how the demand for teak and rubber amitsv some This was a truly epic read.

Favorite ‘The Glass Palace’ Character. We are now in the territory handled so brilliantly by J. So here goes, and I There is a hidden pit I could a,itav into when writing this reaction. Juxtaposed with folk tales, chaos and violence dominate as the twentieth century brings new challenges and hardships.


And then Rajkumar’s sharp, excited voice cut through the buzz of speculation.

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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. Ghosh raises several debates over the course of the novel, one central to the political subtext being that of Imperialism vs.

In the late 19th century there were many Indian women who went abroad to study, in much the same way that Uma did the first Indian woman doctor graduated from a British university in the s.

The same is true of Rajkumar. Works by Amitav Ghosh.

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Want to Read saving…. The first person I recommended this book to was an English professor, who said she was immediately “transfixed. I will read palzce by the author. Definitely the strongest points of the book are these pages of the country in transition.

It is a huge, indelible stain which has tainted all of us. Rajkumar was told to walk to the city, a couple of miles inland. Whilst Rajkumar’s quickly evolving career begins to take shape with the help of Saya John, a successful teak merchant Ma Cho’s sometime loverwe are given a glimpse into the awkward beginnings of a new life for King Thebaw and his family as they try to settle into the port town of Ratnagirinorth of Goa.

Politics, war, philosophy, and history, history, history. I thoroughly enjoyed the style of the author.