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The Glass Palaceby Amitav Ghosh
Synopses & Reviews
Set in Burma during the British invasion of 1885, this 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. The struggles that have made Burma, India, and Malaya the places they are today are illuminated in this wonderful novel by the writer Chitra Divakaruni calls "a master storyteller."
"[A] beguiling and endlessly resourceful storyteller....Ghosh vividly brings to life the history of Burma and Malaya over a century of momentous change in this teeming, multigenerational saga." Publishers Weekly
"[A] rich tapestry of a novel....This illuminating saga should find an appreciative audience." Booklist
"An absorbing story of a world in transition, brought to life through characters who love and suffer with equal intensity." J. M. Coetzee
"There is no denying Ghosh's command of culture and history....[He] proves a writer of supreme skill and intelligence." The Atlantic Monthly
"I will never forget the young and old Rajkumar, Dolly, the Princesses, the forests of teak, the wealth that made families and wars. A wonderful novel. An incredible story." Grace Paley
"A rich, layered epic that probes the meaning of identity and homeland — a literary territory that is as resonant now, in our globalized culture, as it was when the sun never set on the British Empire." Los Angeles Times Book Review
"A novelist of dazzling ingenuity." San Francisco Chronicle
"Ghosh ranges from the condescension of the British colonialists to the repression of the current Myanmar (Burmese) regime in a style that suggests E. M. Forster as well as James Michener. Highly recommended." Library Journal
Brilliant and exotic, The Glass Palace is a superb novel of love, war, and family by "an exceptional writer" (Peter Matthiessen). Set in Burma, this exquisite novel begins with the shattering of a kingdom and the igniting of a great and passionate love, and it goes on to tell the story of a people, a fortune, and a family's fate. Woven into this stunning work is the story of Rajkumar, a poor boy lifted on the tides of the political and social chaos occasioned by the British invasion of 1885, when soldiers forced the royal family into exile from the glass palace. Rajkumar then sees the woman whose love would shape his life.
About the Author
Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and spent his childhood in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and northern India. He studied in Delhi and Egypt and at Oxford and taught at various Indian and American universities. Author of a travel book and three acclaimed novels, Ghosh has also written for Granta, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Observer. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
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