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The Glass Palace (English, Paperback, Amitav Ghosh)

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The Glass Palace  (English, Paperback, Amitav Ghosh)

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Highlights
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Genre: Indian Writing
  • ISBN: 9780007427468, 0007427468
  • Edition: 1, 2011
  • Pages: 552
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The Glass Palace is a vibrantly detailed family saga set in south-central Asia against the tumultuous background of the twentieth century.

Summary of the Book

The Glass Palace written by Amitav Ghosh is set primarily in Burma and India. The novel explores the evolving history of these regions before and during the troubled years of the Second World War and India's independence struggle. The protagonist of the story is Rajkumar, an Indian shop boy orphaned in Mandalay. On the eve of the 1885 British invasion, he falls in love with Dolly, a beautiful handmaiden to the Queen of Burma. The British send Burma's King Thibaw and his loyal court, along with the young handmaiden, into exile in India. In the meanwhile, Rajkumar who is left behind in Burma manages to build a thriving lumber business in the growing teak trade. He finally sets off to India to find Dolly, the only woman he has ever loved. The long years in exile have devastated the royal family, leaving Dolly as their only servant. With the help of the colonial administrator's wife, Uma Dey, Rajkumar convinces Dolly to return to Burma and marry him. But shortly after her departure everything falls apart. The author takes the readers on a journey across Burma and India, from India’s fight for independence to Burma’s downfall and its transformation into Myanmar under a military dictatorship.

About Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh is a Bengali Indian author. Ghosh was born in Calcutta and completed his education from The Doon School, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi School of Economics and Oxford University. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian Government in 2007. He has penned down books like The Circle of Reason, The Hungry Tide, The Calcutta Chromosome and River of Smoke. He is currently based out of New York where he resides with his wife, Deborah Baker.

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  • 2011
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  • Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and northern India. Educated in India and Britain, he now lives in New York. He studied in Delhi, Oxford and Egypt and has taught a number of Indian and American Universities. He is the author of three previous, highly acclaimed novels; The Calcutta Chromosome, the Shadow Lines and The Glass Palace. He is married and lives in New York.
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A Magnificent Journey

After finishing the book I was brushing my fingers through the pages. It seemed like I had been reading it since ages, even though I started reading it just few days back. It left me mesmerised. Made my mind a globetrotter whose long journey at last came to an end completing a circle. An awesome work by Amitava Ghosh, knocked me out once again after "The Hungry Tide". It is LITERATURE at its best. The true class. Unlike regular thrillers or the modern pop-corn type novels which we find at eve...
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Debabrata Chaudhuri

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In one word, it's a small-sized EPIC

After finishing this book, I was left awed by the vastness of this wonderful work of literature. It takes you for a journey for a time spanned more than 100 years, through some exquisitely portrayed characters, in the mystique place, Burma. It tells the story of a moving time and how the life the characters changes with time. In the course of the story, you get involved with different characters, each of which has its own shed, each shines in its own style. Unlike other historical novels, it ...
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Good quality product

The service is undoubtedly smooth and hassle free on the part of flipkart. The book on was another level for me though. For the first time in my life did I see a writer put in so much research into his book. Hats off Sir. The insight and feel is beyond explanation, but one place where I felt somewhat betrayed was the conclusion. But for a proper epilogue the book has worked wonders in it's own ways. Thanks.
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Anish Amabavat

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Aug, 2018

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Awesome Book, awesome Flipkart

Amazing read. Finished reading the book a week back, yet a part of me still feels as if it is lingering amid the Malayan rubber plantations. A very very engaging tale; a multitude of views on the state and occurrences of a tumultuous time. I loved the unbiased, yet sympathetic manner in which each character and associated perspective is dished out. This is my first read of Amitava Ghosh and I am Hungry for more.

Flipkart as usual, is absolute pleasure to order from. Remarkable service.
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Lingering, Longing, lusting, meandering and then hungrily finishing itself up.

This is one book that i needed to savor and think about when i finished it, for atleast a while. The characterization and the landscaping is so rich, connected and overwhelming, that the losses struck me as mine own, and the celebrations as my own joys.
It is rambling story of a Burma before and after British invasion, and an India in the throes of independence movement; spanning well across 3 generations, and spilling about a bit as well. I do not want to summarize the plot here, primarily b...
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Pratishtha Garg

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Best read in a long time

This book takes you to an interesting journey. The story is so pictorial that you actually imagine the scene happening in front of you. My best section was the how the palace was raided and the elephant forced to death.....such gripping novel, quick paced and very smartly knitted. I am now a big fan of Amitav Ghosh
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Gitanjali banerjee

Feb, 2012

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Brilliant

This book is delivered in its perfect condition...
Thank you Flipkart........ 😊😊
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Sankhadeep Das

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Dec, 2018

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Classy product

Worth for money
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Udayanithi

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Great read!

Starting off in Burma around the time of the British invasion, Ghosh takes you on a wonderful roller-coaster through history, all the way till the 80s, through Burma, Malaysia and India. The characters are strong and well-etched, but he doesn't go as deep into them as you'd wish. But end of the day this is more of a historical novel where you read how the lives of people were affected by the two World Wars, political and economic winds of the 20th century, especially the early part when most ...
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Vaidya R

Jan, 2012

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Terrific

In the era of Hinglish, this book gives pure unadulterated flavour of English. A must read for people who understand and appreciate language in its purity. The backdrop of the plot is nostalgic, especially for a person like me who is familiar with both Konkani and Myanmar culture.
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Hemant Sodaye

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Dec, 2018

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Questions and Answers
Q:How is the language? Is it easy to read
A:Yes it is easy to read. One of the best books I have ever read.Just go for it.
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Q:How many pages is in the book?
A:It's a complete novel, along with its author's note it contains 552 pages.
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