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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What techniques does Ghosh use to bring these issues and their various arguments to light? Rahkumar and Dolly amiitav the main characters, starting out the journey for themselves and their descendants. There may be history in the making, but the ppalace opens in the spirit of high romance. Jul 23, Erwin rated it it was amazing Shelves: It shifts to the Plantations in Burma, the rubber plantations in malaysia, activities of the Ghadar party in America.

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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.

And because he was very dark it was hard to tell that his chin was as smooth as the palms ggosh his hands, innocent of all but the faintest trace of fuzz.

A great place, in my opinion, to start to learn the history of Ghowh, India, and Malaya.

The third goal, that of creating an interesting plot and believable characters in their own right rather than simply using them as an excuse to give us the history, often falls short. Thanks for telling us about the problem. You can see he writes beautifully. It was cold, the start of central Burma’s brief but chilly winter, and the sun had not risen high enough yet to burn off the damp mist that had drifted in at dawn from the river.


And I believe I will hit the “become a fan” button on Ghosh’s page here on Goodreads after I finish this! Their prolonged exile provides the backdrop for the forging of many personal relationships that continue throughout the book.

Rajkumar was told to walk to the city, a couple of miles inland. I especially found the 3 or 5 page dip into romance of trite quality and mostly and almost entirely unrealistic.

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He says, in his Author’s Notes: It’s difficult to clearly say whose story this is, it belongs to each superbly etched character, and through these personal ghoosh, the author weaves in the larger socio-political and historical changes happening in Burma, India and Malaya. The boatowner had taken fright on being told that the work might take as long as a month, possibly even longer.

That is the golden word here. In addition to the Burmese King and Queen, there are several other historical figures that enter into this story: How does Ghosh reconcile the notions of personal identity and national identity? The complexity of this work is astounding. When the first booms reached the stall there was a silence, followed by a flurry of questions and whispered answers.

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Over the course of the novel, the division between conquerors and conquered becomes increasingly hard to distinguish. At least, till the 2nd world war. 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 significant argument against the arbitrary boundaries drawn during the colonial eras.


Page There were quotations from Mahatma Gandhi and a passage that said: View all 9 comments. Rags to riches stories were very common among Indians in Burma.

At various points in the book, Ghosh invokes the art of photography. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Reading it, I learned a gbosh deal. 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 gosh in our understanding of colonialism and Southeast Asia.

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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 firmly into the life of Ratnagiri than pqlace been expected. This book is epic in length and covers three generations of Indians in the countries of Malaya and Burma Myanmar from until the end of the ghe century. It was also translated into Burmese by writer Nay Win Myint and published serialized at one of Burma’s leading literary magazines Shwe Amyutay.

So I end up with a 3 star over all. 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.

Uma’s nephew Arjun becomes one of the first Indians to pass through military academy and become an officer in the Indian Army.

So intriguing was the ordered pattern of these streets that Rajkumar wandered far afield, exploring.