The Glass Palace: A Novel
Brilliant and impassioned, The Glass Palace is a masterly novel by Amitav Ghosh, the gifted novelist Peter Matthiessen has called an exceptional writer. This superb story of love and war begins with the shattering of the kingdom of Burma and the igniting of a great and passionate love, and it goes on to tell the story of a people, a fortune, and a family and its fate.
The Glass Palace tells of Rajkumar, a poor boy lifted on the tides of political and social chaos, who creates an empire in the Burmese teak forest. During the British invasion of 1885, when soldiers force the royal family out of the Glass Palace and into exile, Rajkumar befriends Dolly, the woman whose love will shape his life. He cannot forget her, and years later, as a rich man, he goes in search of her.
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undoubtedly a masterpiece..its a travel through history tracing the rise and fall of a boy with big dreams set against the backdrop of the fall of the Burmese empire. the book traverses through the lives of the protagonist Rajkumar and his beloved wife Dolly and spawns through three generations.The author gives a vivid account of the famous Burma teak timber trade ,malayan plantations entwined with the wartime happening during World war 2.Its a well researched novel that explores the complexities of human life and emotions.