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The Glass Palace
by Amitav Ghosh


Overview - 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 Burmese Queen, whose love will shape his life.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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 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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  • ISBN-13: 9780375758775
  • ISBN-10: 0375758771
  • Publisher: Random House Trade
  • Publish Date: February 2002
  • Page Count: 512
  • Dimensions: 8.09 x 5.32 x 1.07 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.84 pounds


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Blending historical events with the lives of a captivating cast of fictional characters, this ambitious novel opens in 1885 during the British invasion of Burma. Young Rajkumar, an Indian orphan abandoned in Mandalay, drifts through the city during the takeover. As the British invaders send the Burmese royal family into exile, he spots Dolly, a pretty servant girl who waits on the queen. Smitten, the boy vows to find her again. Years later, Rajukumar - a wealthy businessman - searches for Dolly in India, where she has become manager of the royal household. When the two finally meet, their reunion is a fateful one. Together, they forge friendships and raise a family against a backdrop of political intrigue and conflict. Ghosh, who captures the spirit of the Indian subcontinent as well as the arrogance of the colonizing British, writes with authority. Spanning more than 100 years, this is an old-fashioned epic of love and war. A reading group guide is included the book.

 
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