Set in Burma during the British invasion of , this masterly novel by Amitav Ghosh tells the story of Rajkumar, a poor boy lifted on the tides of political. The Glass Palace: A Novel [Amitav Ghosh] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Set in Burma during the British invasion of , this masterly. The Glass Palace There was only one person in the food-stall who knew exactly what that sound was that was rolling in across the plain, along the silver curve of .

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Time to admit that this is not getting finished. The British Indian Army, that is, which had hitherto worked with a strict division between white officers and Indian other ranks. On the political front, there is monarchy and imperialism and the INA and its legacy. What other debates were you able to extract from the book?

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Feb 07, Jesse Field rated it it was ok. He is the last surviving member of his family and comes to Burma from India with a bright entrepreneurial spirit and a hunger for success. Loved the under characters depth in parts, for instance.

One of the things I found a little disconcerting about the book is that I could never predict which the author would do when. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The story begins in the final days of pre-colonial Burma, as the enterprising young orphan Rajkumar begins his rise to wealth-that this rise is largely based on exploitation and a kind of swaggering bravado is more a result of the opportunities which Rajkumar had available to him; in a colonial system which is based on exploitation and subjugation the only way to succeed-financially-is to ape the mannerisms and methods of the colonialists.


Yes, he rally is that extraordinarily brilliant.

The seed of this book was brought to India long before my own lifetime by my father and my uncle, the late Jagat Chandra Datta of Rangood and Moulmein – ‘The Prince’ as he was known to his relatives. The novel starts with an year-old boy called Rajkumar running through the city of Mandalay to find a woman called Ma Cho. Hardback 1st edition cover. Will like to read about Japanese war in southeast Gllass can you recommend books? Even minor characters like the Collector, Kishan Singh, Saya John offer ghowh plenty of food for thought, and that’s another indication of how richly layered this book is.

This was an extremely well written book which came about after years of incredible research by the author. Masterpiece for the author.

The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh

What the blurb led me to expect: What can it be? Being the opportunist that he is, Rajkumar starts to make his own way in world after receiving advice from his new friend and colleague Doh Say. A bloodline chart with ethic composition or familial bloodline for most of the dozens of characters would have helped too. That is much less true here, partly because most of the younger characters are interesting in their own right, partly because the action moves into truly stirring times, and partly because it is here that Ghosh most clearly comes to grips with the major themes of his book.

Later, his heart smitten, he finds the opportunity to do her a favor. This has become one of my top favorite works of historical fiction. The noise was unfamiliar and unsettling, a distant booming followed by low, stuttering growls. We rebelled against an empire that has shaped everything in our lives; coloured everything in the world as we know it.


The Glass Palace

If you consider yourself reasonably well educated and have only thought about Burma in so much as is ruled by a murderous junta with an endless appetite for superstition and glass taste in names for their country, Ghosh has a lot to tell you. Juxtaposed with folk tales, chaos and violence dominate as the twentieth century brings new challenges and hardships.

What does it tell us about history, and how we have always been taught to remember it? Politico explanations and ideology viewed through bias and murky lens colonist palacce theory, a 2. For his age, Rajkumar was well travelled.

She began to shout ghohs the top of her voice, with her eyes closed: Rajkumar had been to Chittagong and Bassein and any number of towns and villages in between. I feel like Ghosh is a writer with flashes of a ghosn I could love who too often gets tangled up in his need to instruct, to fill in the deplorable gaps in our understanding of colonialism and Southeast Asia. Rajkumar’s work as an assistant on Ma Cho’s food stall takes place in the shadow of the Glass Palace, in which King Thibaw and his wife reside with their daughters, the princesses.

Return to Book Page. The story leaps from to to to to the s, 70s, 80s, thosh 90s, through four generations of the descendants of Rajkumar, Dolly, and their close friends.