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. The Glass Palace: A Novel [Amitav Ghosh] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Set in Burma during the British invasion of , this masterly. 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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His most recent novel, Sea of Poppies, is the first volume of the Ibis Trilogy. Focusing mainly on the early 20th Pslace, 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.

The complex shifting of loyalties under battlefield conditions was new to me and rather confusing, yet the political and moral issues were clear as day. The fear, danger and palcae panic was imbued in every word and even between them. I especially found the 3 or 5 page dip into romance of trite quality and mostly and almost entirely unrealistic.

At a bazaar, opposite the west wall of the fort, he was to ask for papace woman called Ma Cho. Claire Sexton I have nearly finished the book and am loving every minute.

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While the gghosh and intersect to context and continuity ALSO beauty of place and description the exception became worse and worse as the book proceeded. Open Preview See a Problem? Amitav Ghosh has written for many gbosh, including the Hindu, The New Yorker and Granta, and he has served on the juries of several international film festivals, including Locarno and Venice.


Perhaps it was the very elusiveness of what I was trying to remember that engendered in me a near-obsessive urge to render the backgrounds of my characters’ lives as closely as I could. The Glass Palace is a very good book. But it was always interesting, and I soon grew used to it.

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. They become extraordinary in our minds of the reader, as we travel with them through a century of social upheaval and political turmoil.

I guess he matured as a writer, which is nice. As for the creative writing part of it, the lives and families of Rajkumar and Dolly over three generations were loosely scripted and eventually got a bit unexciting. The novel is set in BurmaBengalIndiaand Malayaspans a century from the British invasion of Burma and the consequent fall of the Konbaung Dynasty in Mandalaythrough the Second World War to late 20th century.

In the palatial surroundings of his palace, Thebaw awaits the arrival of British troops who have moved up from the south to incorporate the kingdom as a whole in their empire.

It charts the lives of three generations of a Burmese-Indian family. He no longer paace and is currently writing the next volume paace the Ibis Trilogy. It’s a challenging read with a few dry patches in the early pages, becoming progressively more exciting and touching.

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I love Amitav Ghosh, he is my favourite novelist currently. I personally found this to be impressive and amusing, especially it brings out questions like “what if such-and-such event never had happened?

This is a beautiful book. What the blurb led me to expect: I did enjoy the fact that Ghosh focused on an unfamiliar to me setting — Burma — and made me more aware of both its own history and its role in world events. The inclusion of Rajkumar and his family along with that of the Royal family is cleverly done as we see events and the chaos through their eyes giving it a personal and deeply evocative feel.


The first and second world wars as well as civil unrest in all these countries also show how the greater forces of history radically alter the human lives that appear in its path. 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.

As other readers comment, there is major historical action that propels us forward in the beginning and the end of the book.

Even purposed to all details of their eating in each and every ethnic factions’ food choices within different canteen halls. There are so many themes in the book! The complexity of this work is astounding. But in all his travels he had never come across thoroughfares like those in Mandalay. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Exile and return are themes that lie at the core of The Glass Palace.

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But the straight course of the road’s journey was unsmudged by the clutter that flanked it: But somehow this part of the book didn’t meld with the rest. At times I found myself almost weeping for their failures, even as I cheered their successes. Now, why would someone mess ghosg such a meticulous appetizing combination? Reading him is a wonderful satisfying experitnce.

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.

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