The Glass Palace

The Glass Palace 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 social chaos who goes on to create a
  • Title: The Glass Palace
  • Author: Amitav Ghosh
  • ISBN: 9788172234195
  • Page: 328
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  • The Glass Palace
    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 BSet 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.
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    Amitav Ghosh is one of India s best known writers His books include The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, Incendiary Circumstances, The Hungry Tide His most recent novel, Sea of Poppies, is the first volume of the Ibis Trilogy.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 1986.The Circle of Reason won the Prix Medicis Etranger, one of France s top literary awards, and The Shadow Lines won the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Ananda Puraskar The Calcutta Chromosome won the Arthur C Clarke Award for 1997 and The Glass Palace won the Grand Prize for Fiction at the Frankfurt International e Book Awards in 2001 The Hungry Tide won the Hutch Crossword Book Prize in 2006 In 2007 Amitav Ghosh was awarded the Grinzane Cavour Prize in Turin, Italy Amitav Ghosh has written for many publications, including the Hindu, The New Yorker and Granta, and he has served on the juries of several international film festivals, including Locarno and Venice He has taught at many universities in India and the USA, including Delhi University, Columbia, the City University of New York and Harvard He no longer teaches and is currently writing the next volume of the Ibis Trilogy.He is married to the writer, Deborah Baker, and has two children, Lila and Nayan He divides his time between Kolkata, Goa and Brooklyn.

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  • Yes This is why I read historical fiction Amitav Ghosh devoted five years of his life to the travel, research, and writing required to tell this story It follows the mingled fates of three families and three countries Burma, India, and Malaya, from 1885 through the mid 1990s The story begins with the British takeover of the kingdom of Burma as its king and queen are exiled to a remote compound in India Through the lives of the orphan Rajkumar, his mentor Saya John, the girl Dolly, and her friend [...]



  • During my pre vegetarian days, I used to find solace in a warm, juicy scrumptious steak n cheese sandwich washed down by a chilled Heineken Especially, if the gooey cheese was a blend of Munster, Monterey jack and yellow cheddar the bread not too soggy but aptly moisten by the beef gravy It is pure bliss On the other hand, a classier version for 150 is layered with buttered lobsters, black truffles and caviar Now, why would someone mess up such a meticulous appetizing combination Stop Do not rui [...]


  • Wow I have just finished one of my new favourite books And I believe I will hit the become a fan button on Ghosh s page here on after I finish this I loved Sea of Poppies and River of Smoke too This book was a fantastic ride through part of South East Asia s history A fascinating family drama that never bored Well written and a sad but also touching end Well Done


  • 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 Mand [...]


  • The first person I recommended this book to was an English professor, who said she was immediately transfixed Undoubtedly Amitav Ghosh s masterpiece his other novels do not even compare , The Glass Palace is an epic that takes place over three generations of a multi ethnic and multi class families in Southeast Asia Ghosh sets the novel in the Bengal region, which straddles modern day borders of India, Bangladesh, Burma, and Malaysia, demonstrating how the porous nature of these cultures makes a [...]


  • If you like sagas, this was a good one, but in common with a lot of sagas is the large cast of characters Although I do rate Amitav Ghosh as a writer with great ability to draw characters, this time by the end of the book I couldn t keep straight who was who and what relationship they had to each other Often the people I was most interested in, just featured in a small bit of the book and after that heard from only in passing.After a long gap of years, I have only recently resumed reading light [...]


  • Most of the historical fiction books I ve read have tried to do three things evoke a sense of time and place, depict historical events through the eyes of their characters, and last and often least, unfortunately, even though this is ostensibly the reason to read a novel in the first place , create multifaceted characters who are experiencing their own growth, development, and plot The best historical fiction books I ve read integrated all three of these goals into a smooth and readable narrativ [...]


  • This book is epic in length and covers three generations of Indians in the countries of Malaya and Burma Myanmar from 1885 until the end of the twentieth century This is a very large scope and it is covered by disconnected chapters that are almost standalone essays A few are strongly written the torn loyalties of the Indian soldier when faced with continuing to serve a British master as part of the empire or switching to the Japanese side to drive the British out Some of the essay chapters seem [...]


  • What exactly can one say about The Glass Palace Amitav Ghosh, with his lyrical prose, intricate characters, and extraordinary gift for research, never ceases to amaze How many other writers could offer a work of such sweep following an extended family s triumphs and travails through 115 years of Burmese history enwrapping the reader in each moment and personality so completely that you find yourself holding your breath If you consider yourself reasonably well educated and have only thought about [...]


  • 4,5This is the story about Burma from the British colonisation till the years after WWII and some hints to modern times 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 that lives and works in Burma, of his family and several good friends of him and his wife Reading this book t [...]


  • Time to admit that this is not getting finished Despite being in Mandalay when I started it, I found that this book, which is rather too abrupt in jumping from decade to decade and generation to generation, also dragged and failed to engage I feel like Ghosh is a writer with flashes of a brilliance I could love who too often gets tangled up in his need to instruct, to fill in the deplorable gaps in our understanding of colonialism and Southeast Asia I feel his pain at the reader s ignorance, my [...]


  • Page 107 May I remind Your Highness that while Alexander the GReat spent no than a few months in the steppes of Central Asia, the satrapies he founded persisted for centuries afterward Britain s Empire is, by contrast, already than a century old, and you may be certain, Your Highness, that its influence will persist for centuries to come.Page 292There were quotations from Mahatma Gandhi and a passage that said Why should India, in the name of freedom, come to the defence of this Satanic Empir [...]


  • This has become one of my top favorite works of historical fiction Love the writing and everything else about the telling of the broad history of Burma today s Myanmar which he masterfully connects to colonialism I will reread at some point.


  • Ghosh s Glass Palace is an achievement no doubt This is a Historical fiction pivoted around milestones with a few real characters spanning countries and 3 generations.The first part of the King of Burma s exile and the subsequent life in India could easily be mistaken for work of fiction Except they were real and the author has taken pains to weave them as the backdrop for the first generation of the Rajkumar family tree The next generation story unfolds like a mega serial up till the war with n [...]


  • I love Amitav Ghosh, he is my favourite novelist currently The Glass Place is one of my favourite books of his It is a sweeping epic that starts from the eviction of the Royal family in Burma where a urchin witnesses the royalty being indignantly thrown out and resolutely falls in love with one of the helpers who comes to India with the king and the Queen and the 3 princessses.The books explores their life there as normal people there and the hardships they go through It shifts to the Plantation [...]


  • But you could come to Singapore with us first you could probably get a ship there It might even be easier Dinu paused to think You may be right Yes I ll come She reached for his hands I don t think I could bear to go without you Especially now Why now She dug into his chest with her forehead Because I think I m in love with you, Dinu or something like that at any rate I didn t know it before, but I know it now He pulled her closer He did not care what had happened between her and Arjun nothing [...]


  • Like a tapestry of colours and evocative settings, the sights and sounds of Burma bring the history of the country and its people to life From the rubber estates in Malaya, Burma, the colonies in India and the British Invasion of Burma from 1870 to WW2 makes for an epic read and a historical lesson of a remarkable time period.Heavily detailed and evocative, this is a read which teaches you a lot about the time and place of the countries involved the danger and the tensions of all involved is rem [...]


  • A Confluence of History and RomanceWith its 470 close printed pages and 111 year time span, Amitav Ghosh s The Glass Palace is a novel of immense scope Unlike most long novels or multi generational family epics, this one held me interested throughout, largely because whenever Ghosh allowed the tension to drop as a novelist, he picked it up as an historian 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 who [...]


  • Where do I begin Let s start with stating the simple I loved this book I haven t read such a poignantly moving book in quite a while With that out of the way, the story actually begins in Mandalay Burma in 1885, during the last days of the Konbaung Dynasty The British forcibly depose the Burmese King Thebaw, his queen Supayalat and their daughters from The Glass Palace, so named for the large central hall which had crystal walls and mirrored ceilings As looters raid the palace, Rajkumar, an Indi [...]


  • The brilliant Indian author Amitav Ghosh is one of India s greatest gifts to readers the world over His deeply affecting historical novels relate the history of South Asia in fascinating detail, reflecting years of intensive research, both on site and archival Anchored securely in time and place, Ghosh s characters virtually leap off the page They re hard to forget.The Glass Palace is a case in point The novel sprawls across than a century of Burma s history, from the British invasion of northe [...]


  • An exhausting read, it is dense with history If a story can be very intense and boring at the same time, then this book is it I think this is because the story is secondary to the history Historical fiction is often a story written in an historical context This is history written through the vehicle of a fictional story Everything in this story is created to tell the history of Burma Myanmar I felt emotionally connected to the story because the author is, his love for the country and the people [...]


  • This was a truly epic read It charts the lives of three generations of a Burmese Indian family It begins in Mandalay with the invasion of the British and the exile of the Burmese royal family to Ratnagiri Their prolonged exile provides the backdrop for the forging of many personal relationships that continue throughout the book 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 loc [...]


  • The Glass Palace is indeed history masqueraded as finely crafted fiction, and politics discussed is ever relevant At its core, the Glass Palace is the story of ordinary people s life being taken over by politics and drowning them into insignificance.What I found mostly remarkable is how the build up of each character is paced, with often illustrious and heavy detailing during the first and middle part of their stories, however their exit from the book is mostly tapered, and seems sometimes even [...]


  • Wondeful epic story of a family in the 1800s to 1990s Also of Burma and India in a troubles time in history.I actually learned stuff The author manages to tell a sweeping tale with epic historical themes and yet also personsl and full of compassion for the individual struggles of the people I really love his descriptions of charactors I could truely see the in my mind yet he only usea FEW PERFECT PHRASES I will read by the author Reading him is a wonderful satisfying experitnce.


  • Everything I love Beautifully written Well researched Wonderful story And you feel transported into a different time and place in a way which few can achieve.


  • There is a hidden pit I could fall into when writing this reaction There is dire chance I could go long and detailed Yes, I could make this one off putting for the 3 star conclusion Myself doing a partial synopsis Or even worse trying to parse ALL the good points from the multitudes of poorer Within the breadth of the topics of subject matters and depth of characters here in this book That would be far longer print copy than I would want to approach I m being truthful.So here goes, and I ll try [...]


  • Borrowed from Jane, Dummer Book Club read.This book took ages to read approx 2months , largely due to move etc but also because there was nothing in it that grabbed me compelled me to read on It s an easy book to put down I can understand why some people in Dummer book club gave up on it The names are hard to follow for two reasons 1 they re foreign to me 2 There are many many characters.Thoughts on book changed as I read it Started off thinking it s going to be a gripping historical novel that [...]


  • What the blurb led me to expect A book about Burma in the late 19th century, starring a boy young man named Rajkumar.What the book actually is An epic family saga beginning in 1885 and ending in 1996, set in Burma Myanmar, India, and Malaysia, starring a whole bunch of people.Fortunately, I like epic family sagas starring a whole bunch of people I was pleased to find that, far from just being Rajkumar s love interest as the blurb would indicate, Dolly is a protagonist in her own right arguably [...]


  • Amitav Ghosh has been a favourite of mine ever since I picked up The Calcutta Chromosome in a Singapore bookshop many years ago This is the first book of his that has disappointed me.It begins well, with the story of two unrelated orphans who survive the British invasion of Burma and the deposition of King Thebaw One is a servant girl at the royal court the other is a Bengali street boy Many years later, in India, they marry The first part of the story, which tells of their adventures and exploi [...]


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