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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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Despite being in Mandalay when I started it, I found that this book, which is rather too abrupt in jumping from decade to decade and generation to generation, also dragged and failed to engage. But it is also the story about the exile of the last Burmese king and his family and their life in India; it is the story of the British colonisation of Burma but with some hints ghoah to its colonisation in India and Malaysia; it is the story of Rajkumar, an Indian orphan that lives and works in Burma, of his family and several good friends of him and his wife.

Feb 12, Pages. By the time I started work on this book, the memories they had handed on to me had lost their outlines, surviving often only as patterns of words, moods, textures. By page I could not get which was the Burmese grandparent and who the Indian. Now, thought Ghosh, I want these two long-lost people to reunite and end up palacd.

I guess he matured as a writer, which is nice. I would have liked also to know more about the Burmese princesses and what happened to them once married. 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 palzce on to create an empire in the Burmese teak forest.

But the expressive texture and lushness in style is enchanting and nearly a 5. By the sides of the road there were bamboo-walled shacks and palm-thatched shanties, pats of dung and piles of refuse. Borrowing ghosy from Saya John, he makes the journey to India to recruit poverty-stricken village-dwellers into the comparatively lucrative yet undoubtedly perilous world of early oil-mining in Burma.


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The boatowner had taken fright on being told that the work might take as long as a month, possibly even longer. Or even worse- trying to parse ALL the good points from the multitudes of poorer?

Its lines led the eye right through the city, past the bright red walls of the fort to the distant pagodas of Mandalay Hill, shining like a string of white bells upon the slope. Where and how pzlace the two intersect? The only reason why I don’t rate it higher is because it was too long.

The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh

And Ghosh manages to make subsequent generations of characters equally interesting. Later, his heart smitten, he finds the opportunity to do her a favor. Historical fiction is often a story written in an historical context.

Please try again later. Yes, he rally is that extraordinarily brilliant. The cynical bitch that I am, I want to know palacd it was worth my money. It follows the mingled fates of three gosh and three countries–Burma, India, and Malaya, from through the mids.

I actually learned stuff! The Intellectually inclined or people who enjoy ‘readable not-complex’ literature. Not that I’m a fan of colonialism, but I’m also not a fan of agenda-driven novels. And I was interested in the characters and in what would happen to them — at first. What ghoosh stories of exile and return play out over the course of the book?

Ghosh re-creates Rajkumar’s childhood in an almost fairy-tale way. This is a beautiful book. A great place, in my opinion, to start to learn the history of Burma, India, and Malaya. Many of the Indian business magnates of pre-war Rangoon had arrived in that city with little more than a tin suitcase and a few annas in their pockets. 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.

Mandalay, Morningside, Rangoon, Malaya, India? I started out enjoying this book. What a fucking nincompoop you would say, comparing an internationally acclaimed novel to a mere sandwich. As much defeat as there is present in The Glass Palacethere are also extraordinary tales of survival and hope.


View all 5 comments. In circumstances of war, as in such situations as revolution, mass evacuations, forced population movements and so on, nobody has the choice of stepping away from history. Farrell in The Singapore Grip. I do suffer fools. Which says a lot. What can it be? Beautiful people in The Golden Land, live amidst the most scenic places on earth.

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To his surprise, Dolly is present, amltav after some drama, he finally persuades her to leave the family she has been exiled with, and return with thee to Burma as his wife. To the British who have subjugated his country, or to his own people, fractured though they are by ethnicity, caste, and religion? Often the people I was most interested in, just featured in a small bit of the book and after that heard from only in passing.

Wondeful epic story of a family in the s to s. His deeply affecting historical novels relate the history of South Asia in fascinating detail, reflecting years of intensive research, both on-site and archival. But neither my father nor my uncle would have recognized the crop that I have harvested.

International events wreak untold damage on Burma as it is catapulted on to the international stage and it glwss clear that the medieval traditions upon which the country’s culture is based cannot compete with the organisational discipline and superior technology of the Western world. As I see it the novel is a meta-form that transcends the boundaries that circumscribe other kinds palave writing, rendering meaningless the usual workaday distinctions between historian, journalist, anthropologist etc.

I did enjoy the fact that Ghosh focused on an unfamiliar amutav me setting — Burma — and made me more aware of both its own history and its role in world events.

Ghosh displays a deep understanding of local cultures and sentiments as well as of world history and politics. See all 5 questions about The Glass Palace….