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. The Glass Palace: A Novel [Amitav Ghosh] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Set in Burma during the British invasion of , this masterly. 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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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 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. 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. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Glass Palaceplease sign up. Hi all readers, I am reading The Glass palace at the moment.
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Lists with This Book. 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, palacd 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 6 comments. 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. May 07, Praj rated it liked it.
glasz 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.
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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 maitav here. There were times, many times throughout the narration, I wished guosh 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 ammitav and agricultural economies turn out to be quite mesmerizing. The exile of King Thibaw and the aftermath of his family life in the a,itav coastal region ylass India was job well done. As for ghohs creative writing part of it, the lives goass families of Rajkumar and Dolly over three generations were loosely scripted ghodh 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 amltav 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 flass and the tumultuous glaws 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 glass 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 aitav 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 ghozh 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. Quote from the book: Jul 23, Erwin rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have just finished one of my new favourite books!
And I believe I will hit the “become a fan” button on Ghosh’s page here on Goodreads after I finish this! A fascinating family drama that never bored. Well-written and a sad but also touching end. View all 5 comments.
Feb 21, K rated it it was ok Shelves: Most of the historical fiction books I’ve read have tried to do three things — evoke a sense of time and place, depict historical events through the eyes of their characters, and last and often least, unfortunately, even though this is ostensibly the reason to read a novel in the first placecreate multifaceted characters who are experiencing their own growth, development, and plot.
The best historical fiction books I’ve read integrated all three of these goals into a smooth and readable nar Most of the historical fiction books I’ve read have tried to do three things — evoke a sense of time and place, depict historical events through the eyes of ghoshh characters, and last and often least, unfortunately, even though this is ostensibly the reason to read a novel in the first placecreate multifaceted palae who are experiencing their own growth, development, and plot.
The best historical fiction books I’ve read integrated all three of these goals into a smooth and readable narrative — Gone With the Windfor instance. Unfortunately, much of the historical fiction I’ve read has been mediocre and concentrated heavily on the first two goals — describing the time and place, and following the historical timeline. The third goal, that of creating an interesting plot and believable characters in their ghozh right rather than simply using them as an excuse to give us the history, often falls short.
This was the case here as well. But since I did, in fact, push myself all the way to the end, I’ll give myself a ghoeh. I started out enjoying this book. Ghosh’s writing evoked the scene, and I wanted to read more amotav the characters and their travails. That ended, though, when things suddenly became choppy and contrived.
I want this character to get rich, Ghosh apparently decided, so I’ll have him make this deal, have the other characters pay some lip service to how risky it is, and boom!
Now, thought Ghosh, I want these two long-lost people to reunite and end up marrying. So, a quick reunion, a summary rejection by the woman, and then a dramatic scene where she changes her mind just as he’s leaving and has to chase him down.
Many important events happened this way, while other parts of the book were extremely long and draggy — unnecessarily so, in my opinion. 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.
Not that I’m a fan of colonialism, but I’m also not a fan of agenda-driven novels. I did enjoy the fact that Ghosh focused on an unfamiliar to me setting — Burma — and made me more aware of both its own history and its role in world events. And I was interested in the characters and in what would happen to them — at first.