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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The characters are interesting, diverse and believeable. Can you think of some examples by which devastating defeat is countered by enormous hope?

What do such episodes tell us about the effect of colonialism, both on the individual and the collective? Where do we see this pursuit played out?

They’re hard to forget. That particular aspect started out well- a 4.

It also chronicles both glasz usual changes in the outside world, such as the impact of motor-cars, airplanes, and photography, and factors specific to that particular region, such as the successive importance of three money-making trees: Ghosh constructs several unique, remarkable, and strong female characters: Can you think of examples where memory compelled a character to action, or impeded him from recognizing a particular truth?

The Glass Palace Hardback 1st edition cover. Or finding those ruins on a hike. Claire Sexton I have nearly finished the book and am amitab every minute.

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Nov 30, Appu Shaji rated it it was amazing. Looking for More Great Reads? Potential readers might be well-advised to compile a family tree as they go; it gets complicated.


Many important events happened this way, while other parts of the book were extremely long and draggy — unnecessarily so, in my opinion. xmitav

But for the most part, he chopped off some heads and left some portions cut into puzzle pieces with his camera. How does Ghosh reconcile the notions of personal identity and national identity? The five years of research clearly shows in aamitav detailing of people, places, events, conditions.

Indeed, for much of the book, I felt I was reading a non-fiction history of Burma, India, and Malaya, told through the lives of characters w A Confluence of History and Romance With its close-printed pages glas year time-span, Amitav Ghosh’s The Glass Palace is a novel of immense scope.

As for Ghosh, darling, it would be an immense delight to meet you in person; as far as the books goes I would delightfully adore them only through the display windows.

This is history written through the vehicle of a fictional story. I have found before in similar sagas that the members of the second generation are often not as interesting as the first—plus there are more of them. What techniques does Ghosh use to bring these issues and their various arguments to light? Lists with This Book. It was twice as long to read as other books of this exact length. Events conspire to weave Outram House the name of the residence the British provide to house the family and what remains of their assistants more hhe into the life of Ratnagiri than te been expected.

Definitely the strongest points of the book are these pages of the country in transition. The British Indian Army, that is, which had hitherto worked with a strict division between white officers and Indian other ranks. It is pure bliss. International events wreak untold damage on Burma as it is catapulted on to the international stage and it becomes clear that the medieval traditions upon which the country’s culture is based cannot compete with the organisational discipline and superior technology of the Western world.


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Thee most recent novel, Sea of Poppies, is the first ghoeh of the Ibis Trilogy. I feel his pain at the reader’s ignorance, my ignorance, But character development too often gets squeezed out in his books, and I’d rather read good history or good fiction than something which gets in its own way too much to be either.

She is ten years old as the novel opens. This was an extremely well written book which came about after years of incredible research by the author. But the straight course of the road’s journey was unsmudged by the clutter that flanked it: In attempting to write about places and times that I knew only at second- and third-hand, I found myself forced to create a parallel, wholly fictional world. Apr 01, Pages Buy. Amitav Ghosh devoted five years of his life to the travel, research, and writing required to tell this story.

He remains smitten for many years until they meet again near the residence of the exiled king in India.