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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The settings are as much a character than any one else and we see how the history of a country and its past shapes far more than the present.

He is the last surviving member of his family and comes to Burma from India with a bright entrepreneurial spirit and a hunger for success. He was standing in the center of the stall, holding a pile of chipped ceramic bowls.

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 mak The first person I recommended this book to was an English professor, who said she was immediately “transfixed.

But neither my father nor my uncle would have recognized the crop that I have harvested. Amitav Ghosh tells the story of a family and the glwss history of Burma Myanmar. An exhausting read, it is dense with history.

Works by Amitav Ghosh. It is not that bad. Will like to read about Glads war in southeast Asia,please can you recommend books? May 22, Petra Eggs rated it really liked it Shelves: I will reread at some point. Enjoyment in reading was absolutely a 4. The characters are interesting, diverse and believeable. Also of Burma and India in a troubles time in history. Especially, if the gooey cheese was a blend of Munster, Palae jack and yellow cheddar; the bread not too soggy but aptly moisten by the beef gravy.

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.

When people asked how old he was he said fifteen, or sometimes eighteen or nineteen, for it gave him a sense of strength and power to be able to exaggerate so wildly, to pass himself off as grown and strong, in body and judgment, when he was, in fact, not much more than a child.


They’re hard to forget. That ended, though, when things suddenly became choppy and contrived. The exile of King Thibaw and the aftermath of his family life in the western coastal region of India was job well done.

I felt emotionally connected to the story because the author is, his love for the country and the An exhausting read, it is dense with history. The stall had only two benches, and they hgosh both packed with people, sitting pressed up against each other.

Saya John prides himself on being able to spot the next big commodity, and on their return to Rangoon, he hands Rajkumar and Dolly a small clump of odd elastic material rubber So, a quick reunion, a summary rejection by the woman, and then a dramatic scene where she changes her mind just as he’s leaving and has to chase him down. The book also underplays the traditional ‘key moments’ in a book. Being the opportunist that he is, Rajkumar starts to make his own way in world after receiving advice from his new friend and colleague Doh Say.

I felt emotionally connected to the story because the author is, his love for the country and the people comes through strongly. So here goes, and I There is a hidden pit I could fall into when writing this reaction.

I started out enjoying this book. But since I did, in fact, push myself all the way to the end, I’ll give myself a pass. The story of the Japanese invasion of Malaya and Burma and the subsequent family losses of lives and properties. ;alace this comes to a head when war breaks out and Arjun’s regiment is sent to Malaya to defend against possible attack by the Japanese.

Look closely at the characters whom Ghosh envisions in the most detail, Rajkumar, Dolly, Uma, Arjun, to name a few. I finished the last pages all in one go.

The love stories which thread through the story come as touching, warm, and as often as amiitav, heart rending. Views Read Edit View history. It is a huge, indelible stain which has tainted all of us. I enjoyed it more than that, but wanted to cut through piles of redundancy within the WWII era spin offs of the story ghosj that joy to approach a sustained 4.

Now, thought Ghosh, I want these two long-lost people to reunite and end up marrying.

The Glass Palace

I feel his pain ghhosh 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.


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 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 glass on to create an empire in the Burmese teak forest.

The name of the novel derives from the Glass Palace Chroniclewhich is an old Burmese historical work ghish by King Bagyidaw in The novel sprawls across more than a century of Burma’s history, from the British invasion of northern Burma in until The prose is ornamented, but always concise and terse.

Should these Imperial mercenaries be considered willing and conscious henchmen, or were they merely following orders?

We see a monumental change in her disposition when she returns to India from New York. 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. Oct 06, Mommalibrarian rated it liked it Shelves: How does this foreshadow other events in the novel? It gjosh not worth to separate the ingredients and glsss eaten in it entirety one cannot taste a damn thing.

Reader’s Circle | The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh

The author papace to tell a sweeping tale with epic historical themes and yet also personsl and full of compassion gpass the individual struggles of the people.

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

Rajkumar understood that this outburst was not aimed directly at him: The story begins in the final days of pre-colonial Burma, as the enterprising young orphan Rajkumar begins his rise to wealth-that this rise is largely based on exploitation and a kind of swaggering bravado is more a result of the opportunities which Rajkumar had available to him; in a colonial system which is based on exploitation and subjugation the only way to succeed-financially-is to ape the mannerisms and methods of the colonialists.

People looked around in bewilderment: