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A reimagining of the world-famous Indian epic, the Mahabharat--told from the point of view of the wife of an amazing woman.

Relevant to today's war-torn world, The Palace of Illusions takes us back to a time that is half history, half myth, and wholly magical. Narrated by Panchaali, the wife of the legendary Pandavas brothers in the Mahabharat, the novel gives us a new interpretation of this ancient tale.

The novel traces the princess Panchaali's life, beginning with her birth in fire and following her spirited balancing act as a woman with five husbands who have been cheated out of their father's kingdom. Panchaali is swept into their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war involving all the important kings of India. Meanwhile, we never lose sight of her strategic duels with her mother-in-law, her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna, or her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands' most dangerous enemy. Panchaali is a fiery female redefining for us a world of warriors, gods, and the ever-manipulating hands of fate.

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Taking us back to a time that is half history, half myth and wholly magical, The Palace of Illusions gives new voice to Panchaali, the fire-born heroine of the Mahabharat, as she weaves a vibrant interpretation of an ancient tale. Married to five royal husbands who have been cheated out of their father's kingdom, Panchaali aids their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war. But she cannot deny her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna—or her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands' most dangerous enemy—as she is caught up in the ever-manipulating hands of fate.

About the Author

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the author of the bestselling novels Queen of Dreams, Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, and The Vine of Desire, and of the prizewinning story collections Arranged Marriage and The Unknown Errors of Our Lives. She lives in Houston, Texas, and teaches creative writing at the University of Houston.

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Catherine Chandler, July 21, 2011 (view all comments by Catherine Chandler)
About 7 years ago, I developed a fascination and love for novels about India, whether it be a story about an Indian family, Indian immigrants in America, or like "The Palace of Illusions", a tale that is intertwined with the folklore of India. These stories fascinate me and take me to another world--it is almost impossible to put them down. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is a master of weaving such tales, that hook you with emotion, and keep you enthralled to the very end. I have read almost all of her books and highly recommend each one.
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JWW, September 20, 2010 (view all comments by JWW)
I don’t know anything about the traditional version of the Mahabharat but despite that I found Divakaruni’s retelling through the eyes of the main female character, Panchaali, very interesting and easy to get into. I love the way Divakaruni takes you through Panchaali’s life and how she introduces and develops the various characters; she doesn’t rely on readers already knowing the story, which really helps The Palace of Illusions stand on it’s own.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400096206
Author:
Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.00x5.22x.78 in. .62 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Taking us back to a time that is half history, half myth and wholly magical, The Palace of Illusions gives new voice to Panchaali, the fire-born heroine of the Mahabharat, as she weaves a vibrant interpretation of an ancient tale. Married to five royal husbands who have been cheated out of their father's kingdom, Panchaali aids their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war. But she cannot deny her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna—or her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands' most dangerous enemy—as she is caught up in the ever-manipulating hands of fate.
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