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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We are gnosh technical difficulties. Jul 23, Erwin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

What other stories of exile and return play out over the course of the book?

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It is worth persevering and reaching the depths of the narrative; after a couple of hundred pages, the book begins to quicken its pace. About The Glass Palace Set in Burma during the British invasion ofthis tje 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.

Unfortunately, much of the historical fiction I’ve read has been mediocre and concentrated heavily on the first two goals — describing the time and ghsoh, and following the historical timeline. The beauty of prose comes out in those parts that explore the dichotomy of the Indian soldier in the Empire’s army. Other characters become important, among them Saya John, Rajkumar’s Chinese-born mentor in Burma, and Uma, the wife of the Collector in the small town where the deposed King has been exiled.


Where do we see this pursuit played out? Amitav Ghosh devoted five years of his life to the travel, research, and writing required to tell this story. Politico explanations and ideology viewed through bias and murky lens colonist colonial theory, a 2.

View all 3 comments. We see a monumental change in her disposition when she returns to India from New York.

It is one of the best books to read for people who like to learn about cultures, economies, politics, society and relationships all inextricably woven. What techniques does Ghosh use to bring these issues and their various arguments to light?

By page I could not get which was the Burmese grandparent and who the Indian. I did not understand or empathize with any of the characters and would have preferred more in depth coverage of a shorter period of time.

The novel is set in BurmaBengalIndiaand Malayaspans a century from the British invasion of Burma and the consequent fall of the Konbaung Dynasty in Mandalaythrough the Second World War to late 20th century.

For his age, Rajkumar was well travelled. To what extent does Ghosh suggest the existence of collective memory? The Calcutta Chromosome won the Arthur C.

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The story opens in the Mandalay neighborhood surrounding the residence and seat of government of Burma’s last king, Thebaw Min.


Juxtaposed with folk tales, chaos and violence dominate as the thr century brings new challenges and hardships. Feb 21, K rated it it was ok Shelves: 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. Yet they seem real, amktav in that, perhaps, lies the success of this wonderful book!

The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh

But you can also see, even this is dense, how much more so the book. But Dolly accompanies the Royal Family into exile in India, and by the time they meet again, Rajkumar has amitv rich from the teak business and the Princesses have grown up. But it was always interesting, and I soon grew used to it. However, the entire Royal Family and their entourage are quickly extradited by the British and forced into house arrest thousands of miles away on the West coast of India.

Forster etc – and read Ghosh’s latest, Sea of Poppies, which I loved. Dec 03, Thebooktrail rated it it was amazing Shelves: Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in Inspired by Your Browsing History.