(E–pub New) [The Glass Palace] AUTHOR Amitav Ghosh

  • Hardcover
  • 560
  • The Glass Palace
  • Amitav Ghosh
  • English
  • 15 November 2020
  • 9780002261029

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The Glass Palace Free read É 104 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 ueen whose love will shape his life He cannot forget her and years. Amitav Ghosh tells the story of a family and the tumultuous history of Burma Myanmar Burma is a country ravaged by war for than fifty years which only became a delicate new democracy in 2015 Beautiful people in The Golden Land live amidst the most scenic places on earth It s teak forests gold rubber and other natural resources formed part of the colonial land grabbing in the 1800s having Britain as their ruler for than 100 years Kipling s visit to Rangoon in Burma inspired his poem Mandalay in 1890 This is a beautiful book An atmospheric picturesue tale of a family s struggles through decades probably eighty years to survive the politics and social revolt in a country ravaged by greed and expansionism A wealth of characters form the backbone of the saga Rahkumar and Dolly are the main characters starting out the journey for themselves and their descendants Amitav Gosh not only captured the battle on the streets in public suares battlefields palaces and gardens he went into the houses intruding violating privacy to bring this tale alive An excellent historical fiction experience So well written and so detailed Mindblowing The only reason why I don t rate it higher is because it was too long But by gosh it would not have been the same read if much of the scenic background and social dynamics were not added to all the different strains of each character s life uote from the book politics has invaded everything spared nothing religion art family it has taken over everything there is no escape from it and yet what could be trivial in the end A really great read

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The Glass Palace Free read É 104 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. The Glass Palace Amitav Ghosh Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956 He studied in Dehra Dun New Delhi Alexandria and Oxford and his first job was at the Indian Express newspaper in New Delhi He earned a doctorate at Oxford before he wrote his first novel which was published in 1986The Glass Palace is a 2000 historical novel by Indian writer Amitav Ghosh The novel is set in Burma Bengal India and Malaya spans a century from the fall of the Konbaung Dynasty in Mandalay through the Second World War to modern times Focusing mainly on the early 20th Century it explores a broad range of issues ranging from the changing economic landscape of Burma and India to pertinent uestions about what constitutes a nation and how these change as society is swept along by the tide of modernity 2006 1381 557 9644423321 20

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The Glass Palace Free read É 104 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 storytelle. The Glass Palace is a story which grows on the reader gradually the characters who at first seem like well constructed caricatures begin to resonate their lives passions trials and tribulations draw the reader in as they become increasingly invested in the exploration of the history three generations of a Indo Burmese familyThe story begins in the final days of pre colonial Burma as the enterprising young orphan Rajkumar begins his rise to wealth that this rise is largely based on exploitation and a kind of swaggering bravado is a result of the opportunities which Rajkumar had available to him in a colonial system which is based on exploitation and subjugation the only way to succeed financially is to ape the mannerisms and methods of the colonialists This is not to excuse Rajkumar s actions but to offer an explanation Indeed one of the core themes of the book is that of actions and morality rather than offer a simplistic view of morality Ghosh colours his characters actions with varying shades of grey from the mutiny of Arjan whose bluster and good will gradually dissolve in the dehumanisation of war to Uma whose supercilious demeanour belies her passionate humanism Ghosh expertly weaves a rich tapestry of motivations behind the actions of the charactersThe other key theme of the novel is colonialism as one of the characters Dinu states Did we ever have a hope We rebelled against an empire that has shaped everything in our lives coloured everything in the world as we know it It is a huge indelible stain which has tainted all of us We cannot destroy it without destroying ourselves The characters inhabit a world in which the insurmountable weight of colonialism holds them down whether it is fighting a war which isn t theirs or seeing themselves via the prism of subjugation where they are to their oppressors at least barely half human However despite colonialism being a key theme in the novel The Glass Palace Ghosh does not allow this to limit the richness of the inner lives of the characters Instead he is able to colour their relationship from the failed marriage of The Collector and Uma based on The Collector s desire to have a liberal and westernised wife in a world where women where women were barely granted any freedoms or between Rajkumar and Dolly who gradually build their love or between Dinu and Alison who gradually becomes attracted to Dinu s diffident almost effeminate ualities after a brief liaison with the boisterous Arjan The Glass Palace is fundamentally a novel about human relationships and love of the slow unravelling of memory in the passage of time of the lives of characters which were bound to be lost but for some innocuous photographs which were able to capture their all too brief existence