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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Last week a boy ran away with two of my pots. So well written and so detailed.

A wealth of characters form the backbone of the saga. The Glass Palace is both a critique and celebration of modernity, wrought through dynamic characters you come to know as family, indubitable historical descriptions that you feel Ghosh knows intimately, and myriad images, smells, sounds, and feeling compiled through a kind of snapshot montage.

The part that it plays in The Glass Palace is probably attributable to the influence of the late Raghubir Singh who was a very dear friend. What other debates were you able to extract from the book? The Glass Palace Hardback 1st edition cover.

His boat – the sampan on which he worked as a helper and errand-boy – had been found to need repairs after sailing up the Irrawaddy from the Glasw of Bengal. Definitely the strongest points of the book are these pages of the country in transition.

A fascinating family drama that never bored. 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. In a very happy coincidence, I was reading this book while on a vacation to Malaysia. Other love affairs ensue, and soon we have a second generation and even pa,ace third.

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What the book actually is: The 20th century visited many such calamities on Asia and The Glass Palace attempts to chronicle the impact that these events had on families and individuals.

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Alison and Uma get us thinking of feminism and through Arjun and Dinu, we also get perspectives about man and his concepts of freedom. Which says a lot. At certain palaace, author take short detours and gives us vivid and beautiful description of the various environmental details like natural surroundings in which story is being progressed, the local customs and practises, the crafts practised by various characters currently in spotlight etc, and end effect is a lovely ambiance and aura being created across the story.

She was busy frying vegetables, squinting at the smoking oil from the shelter of an upthrust arm.

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Time to admit that this is not getting finished. To what extent does Ghosh suggest the existence of collective memory? Quote from the book: He is married to the writer, Deborah Baker, and has two children, Lila and Nayan. They’re hard to forget. When the two are briefly thrown together in the chaos surrounding the British invasion, Rajkumar instantly falls in love with Dolly. The next generation story unfolds like a mega serial up till the war with narration restricted to developments.

Open Preview See a Problem? View all 4 comments. In some sense, it’s a book about modernity, which really doesn’t seem to catch on as well in southeast Asia. After a long gap of years, I have only recently resumed reading ligh If you like sagas, this was a good one, but in common with a lot of sagas is the large cast of characters.

What the blurb led me to expect: The story is set in Burma, India and also Malaysia. In addition to the Burmese King gyosh Queen, there are several other historical figures that enter into this story: Burma is a country ravaged by war for more than fifty years, which only became a delicate new democracy in It follows the mingled fates of three families and three countries–Burma, India, and Malaya, from through the mids.

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Aimtav entrepreneurs and that lady this author just nailed. The book also underplays the traditional ‘key moments’ in a book.

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He resented being categorised as a Commonwealth writer, and also objected that the only works considered for the prize were those written in English. View all 6 comments. I love Amitav Ghosh, he is my favourite novelist currently. Apr 01, Pages. Feb 12, Pages. The Glass Palace was the Eurasian regional winner in the “Best Book” category of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize[3] but Amitav Ghosh was not aware that his publishers had submitted his book, and he withdrew it upon learning that he had won the regional round.

When people asked how old he was he said fifteen, or sometimes eighteen or nineteen, for it gave him a sense of strength and power to be able to exaggerate so wildly, to pass himself off as grown and strong, in body and judgment, when he was, in fact, not much more than a child. His assumption is that you can keep that context of these families and generations in 3 countries within consistently moving locations for the same groups- straight.

The prose is ornamented, but always concise and terse.