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 meeting made a very powerful impression on me, and my memories of it remain intensely vivid to this day. In some ways, it added to the melancholy. By the sides of the road there were bamboo-walled shacks and palm-thatched shanties, pats of dung and piles of refuse. This was an extremely well written book which came about after years of incredible research by the author.

This is why I read historical fiction. He no longer teaches and is currently writing the next volume of the Ibis Trilogy. The first and second world wars as well as civil unrest in all these countries also show how the greater forces of history radically alter the human lives that appear in its path.

Paperbackpages. I will reread at some point. But Dolly accompanies the Royal Family into exile in India, and by the time they meet again, Rajkumar has become rich from the teak business and the Princesses have grown up. Where and how do the two intersect?


That would be far longer print copy than I would want to approach. The years of post-independence turmoil in Burma, which I have never read about, are dismissed in barely a page. Oct 06, Mommalibrarian rated it liked it Shelves: The bhosh is ornamented, but always concise and terse. Should these Imperial mercenaries be considered willing and conscious henchmen, or were they merely following orders?

Kipling’s visit to Rangoon in Burma, inspired Amitav Ghosh tells the story of a family and the tumultuous history of Burma Myanmar. Saya John prides himself on being able to spot the next big commodity, and on their return to Rangoon, he hands Rajkumar and Dolly a small clump of odd elastic material rubber This page was last edited on 14 Decemberat I enjoyed it more than that, but wanted to cut through piles of redundancy within the Glass era spin offs of the story for that joy to approach a sustained 4.

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Yes, he rally is that extraordinarily brilliant. How does your own personal family history inform this novel?

Especially during the Indian army sensibilities chapters. So intriguing was the ordered pattern of these streets that Rajkumar wandered far afield, exploring. Jul 23, Erwin rated it it was amazing Shelves: A saga of human struggle.


Can you glasw of examples where memory compelled a character to action, or impeded him from recognizing a particular truth? It charts the lives of three generations of a Burmese-Indian family. Amitav Ghosh is one of India’s best-known writers. The novel amiav across more than a century of Burma’s history, from the British invasion of northern Burma in until He remains smitten for many years until they meet again near the residence of the exiled king in India.

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The stall had only two benches, and they were both packed with people, sitting pressed up against each other. See all 5 questions about The Glass Palaceā€¦.

papace 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. Do you think events in world history usually have such profound effects on personal histories? His assumption is that you can keep that context of these families and generations in 3 countries within consistently moving locations for the same groups- straight.

Unfortunately, somewhere after p. I finished the last pages all in one go.