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The Glass Palace: A Novel Paperback – February 12, 2002
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Unfortunately, the structure and characterization in the novel do not live up to the quality of the historic and atmospheric detail. The book follows a fairly standard rags-to-riches story format, and in many cases the characters lack the complexity that Ghosh is able to bring to the surrounding environment. It's a disappointing lack in an otherwise stunning work.
It's worth saying as well that I found _The Glass Palace_ an incredibly *satisfying* read. I literally had a really hard time putting it down, and kept it in my purse to read on my lunch breaks and while waiting in lines. I suppose that's a fairly high recommendation in and of itself.
Based on the life and family of Rajkumar - a street urchin who finds himself penniless and orphaned in Burma - the sweeping story carries the reader across almost the entire 20th century beginning with the British Invasion of Burma in 1885 and carrying on through till sometime around 1990.
One of the central themes in the book is the role of the Indian Subcontinent as a tool of the British Empire as seen both from the eyes of Burmese residents whose country is overrun by Indian soldiers acting as 'mercenaries' of the British Raj and from the viewpoint of Indian Soldiers who later serve in the Army during World War II but find it impossible to come to terms with the duality of their existence - their ethos teach them to fight and die for country and yet they do not have a country to call their own; they are expected to lay down their lives fighting for the Empire but yet are never accorded the status of equals.
Having grown up in India we are taught (fleetingly) of the role of Indian Soldiers that battled loyally with the British - but the author presents an entirely different view point. Without judging he tries to potray how these soldiers - several of them illiterate and having to choose between a life in the Army or a life of penury - served as proxies for COlonialism and how they helped spread the very empire that holds them captive.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best historical novels of that area of Asia I have ever read. Makes one want to travel to Myanmar and India to learn more.Published 4 days ago by Jacqi Trowbridge
Excellent narrative. The attached photos are those of King Thebaw and Queen Supalayat of Burma, who were exiled to India in 1885.Published 11 days ago by Anil K Srivastava
Fun novel that gives some insights into Burma's historyPublished 13 days ago by Kenneth G. Schofield
Once again I am enthralled by awesome stories, awesome story telling. A wonderful introduction to a historical migration I knew nothing about... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Edna M Rankine
my friend recommended it and I liked it.He writes simple and very interestingly.You cannot put it down.He takes you with his writing to places unseen and feel part of journeyPublished 1 month ago by Nagi book worm
Across a large and appealing canvas, this well crafted multi-generational story is a magic-flying-carpet ride through the colonial history of Burma, chiefly, but also India, from... Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Hammond
I went to Myanmar four years ago and I saw many Indian people. It was very interesting to read of relationship between two countries. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Miho Sugimoto