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The Twentieth Wife


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ISBN13: 9780743428187
ISBN10: 0743428188
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chocolateandcroissants, January 24, 2010 (view all comments by chocolateandcroissants)
Sundrasen tells the story of the Mughal empire. The story is beautifully told, weaving toghether the rich history of India and the Mughal empire along with the love story of Mehrunnisa and Salim. While Mehrunnisa is the Prince's twentieth wife she quickly rises above his other wives to become his favorite. Their love story comes to life on the pages of the book-this book is written so well that readers can see the colors of the women's sari's, smell the scents of the streets and hear the chaos of the courtyard.
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missjolieann, May 9, 2007 (view all comments by missjolieann)
I loved this book! Sundaresan does a lovely job bringing her characters to life with beauty and detail. I knew nothing of the history of India and really enjoyed the fictional telling of this story. I highly recommend this enjoyable easy read to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
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noneko, August 28, 2006 (view all comments by noneko)
"Based on the life of an actual empress of the Mughal empire, the woman for whom the Taj Mahal was built, "The Twentieth Wife" blends historical reality with the rich imaginings of a fairy tale, providing a fascinating portrait of one woman's defiant life behind the veil."

I would caution readers that this synopsis is not correct. The Taj Mahal was built for the wife of the son of Jahangir, who happened to be Nur Jahan's neice. Just wanted to make that clear.

I enjoyed this book a lot, but I felt that it was more summer reading. There isn't much meaningful about it, but then again, there doesn't need to be. It's a love story, pure and simple, and it's a very good one at that.
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Product Details

Sundaresan, Indu
Washington Square Press
Action & Adventure
Historical - General
General Fiction
General Fiction
Biographical fiction
Love stories
Literature-A to Z
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Publication Date:
February 2003
Grade Level:
8.25 x 5.31 x 1 in 11.9 oz

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Product details 416 pages Washington Square Press - English 9780743428187 Reviews:
"Review" by , "First-time novelist Sundaresan writes in the great tradition of the Indian epic, an art she carries forward with grace and brilliance....This is a remarkably readable book despite the historical basis, with which many readers will not be familiar."
"Review" by , "More than just a love story, this novel offers a kaleidoscope of India's history and culture....Through the intelligent and perceptive Mehrunnisa, Sundaresan conducts a symphony of textures."
"Review" by , "Despite its descriptive strengths, however, the work doesn't quite convince as creative fiction. So much plot is squeezed into the novel that there's little time for character development Mehrunnisa and Jahangir are wooden and one-dimensional creations, and matters aren't helped by the often stilted prose. Regardless of the wealth of edifying historical detail, this tale of palace intrigue is less than intriguing."
"Review" by , "[A] fascinating novel about a fascinating time...characters that...move with grace and panache across the brilliant stage she has reconstructed."
"Review" by , "Good old-fashioned historical fiction....Full of jeweled beauties and crumbling ruins, [The Twentieth Wife] satisfies every craving for the pomp and mystery of India's past."
"Review" by , "Rich and realistic....A delicious story."
"Synopsis" by , Based on the life of an actual empress of the Mughal empire, the woman for whom the Taj Mahal was built, The Twentieth Wife blends historical reality with the rich imaginings of a fairy tale, providing a fascinating portrait of one woman's defiant life behind the veil.
"Synopsis" by , An enchanting historical epic of grand passion and adventure, this debut novel tells the captivating story of one of India's most controversial empresses — a woman whose brilliance and determination trumped myriad obstacles, and whose love shaped the course of the Mughal Empire.

Skillfully blending the textures of historical reality with the rich and sensual imaginings of a timeless fairy tale, The Twentieth Wife sweeps readers up in Mehrunnisa's embattled love with Prince Salim, and in the bedazzling destiny of a woman — a legend in her own time — who was all but lost to history until now.

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