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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He was standing in the center of the stall, holding a pile of chipped ceramic bowls. May 07, Praj rated it liked it.

He is the last glads member of his family and comes to Burma from India with a bright entrepreneurial spirit and a hunger for success.

Ghosh re-creates Rajkumar’s childhood in an almost fairy-tale way.

Amitav Gosh, not only captured the battle on the streets, in public squares, battlefields, palaces and gardens, he went into the houses-intruding, violating privacy, to bring this tale alive.

Retrieved from ” https: The complexity of this work is astounding. The Glass Palace is indeed history masqueraded as finely crafted fiction, and politics discussed is ever relevant.

Amitav Ghosh came to the attention of the literary world earlier this year when he refused the Best Book Prize from the Commonwealth Foundation.

There, Thebaw lived out his days in exile. I started out enjoying this book. Apr 01, Pages. Because pretty much everything in this book is good stuff. Loved the under characters depth in parts, for instance.

The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh

World wars one and two feature in so much as we see the participation of the British-Indian army in the fighting and also how the demand for teak and rubber make some This was a truly epic read. But it is also the story about the exile of the last Burmese king and his family and their life in India; it is the story of the British colonisation of Burma but with some hints also to its colonisation in India and Malaysia; it is the story of Rajkumar, an Indian orphan ghsh lives and works in Burma, of his family and several good friends of him and his wife.


I could not STAND Dolly and a few of the other characters that the author seemed to think were essential heroes or “holy” purposed icons. An excellent historical fiction experience. I guess he matured as a writer, which is nice. Which truths do his characters reveal? One of the things I found pzlace little disconcerting about the book is that I could never predict which the author would do when.

Parts of it were absolutely magical.

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The canvass is huge in terms of geography and time over a hundred years and this allows the author to portray the various shades of human struggles and the common human condition very well.

On the political front, there is monarchy and imperialism and the INA and its legacy. The style of The Glass Palace is elliptical, and at times, uneven. He earned a doctorate at Oxford before he wrote his first novel, which was published in 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 questions about what constitutes a nation and how these change as society is swept along by the tide of modernity.

But the straight course of the road’s journey was unsmudged by the clutter that flanked it: To his surprise, Dolly is present, and after some drama, he finally persuades her to leave the family she has been exiled with, and return with him to Burma as his wife.


Your characters seem to float between boundaries of both geography and class. When soldiers force the royal family out glwss the Glass Palace and into exile, Rajkumar befriends Dolly, a young woman in the court of the B Set in Burma during the British invasion ofthis 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.

The Glass Palace

But somehow this part of the book didn’t meld with the rest. I would only recommend this book to someone who was interested in a very high-level understanding of Indians in Burma.

In the final days before the British arrive, we are given an honoured and sneak insight into how the Burmese saw this event and the spilt between rich and poor is astounding. Can you think of examples where memory compelled a character to action, or impeded him from recognizing a particular truth?

If, like me, you had no prior knowledge of Burma’s history, you’re sure to get a vivid picture of paace events that most deeply shaped its evolution before the 21st century.

If this is paoace, then it would have to be said, surely, that colonialism has had hhosh pretty easy ride.