The Glass Palace: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Apr 1, 2001 - Fiction - 496 pages
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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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In an industry not known for risk-taking, the publisher is to be congratulated for offering Ghosh (The Calcutta Chromosome) a contract on his as-yet-unwritten novel. Set primarily in Burma, Malaya ... Read full review

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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.  

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Contents

CHAPTER
CHAPTER 2
CHAPTER 4
CHAPTER 6
CHAPTER 8
CHAPTER 9
CHAPTER 10
CHAPTER 12
CHAPTER 34
CHAPTER 35
CHAPTER 36
CHAPTER 37
CHAPTER 38
CHAPTER 39
PART VII
CHAPTER 40

CHAPTER 13
CHAPTER 15
CHAPTER 16
CHAPTER 18
CHAPTER 20
CHAPTER 22
CHAPTER 24
CHAPTER 25
CHAPTER 27
CHAPTER 29
CHAPTER 31
CHAPTER 32
CHAPTER 33
CHAPTER 41
CHAPTER 42
CHAPTER 43
CHAPTER 44
CHAPTER 45
CHAPTER 46
CHAPTER 47
CHAPTER 48
Authors Notes
Bibliography
About the Author
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About the author (2001)

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and spent his childhood in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and northern India. He studied in Delhi and Egypt and at Oxford and taught at various Indian and American universities. Author of a travel book and three acclaimed novels, Ghosh has also written for Granta, The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Observer. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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