The glass palace by amitav ghosh

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But it was always interesting, and I soon grew used to it. A few are strongly written - the torn loyalties of the Indian soldier when faced with continuing to serve a British master as part of the empire or switching to the Japanese side to drive the British out. What effect does it have on the book as a whole, on your perception of the characters and their stories? To take Uma first— class was often the key to mobility in the British Empire. The Calcutta Chromosome won the Arthur C.

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Ghosh displays a deep understanding of local cultures and sentiments as well as of world history and politics. May 07, Praj rated it liked it. Books by Amitav Ghosh. I have found before in similar sagas that the members of the second generation are often not as interesting as the first—plus there are more of them.

The settings are as much a character than any one else and we see how the history of a country and its past shapes far ghlsh than the present. But it should have been a trilogy.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. So once again, he is only telling the British "baddie" side of the story. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The complexity of this work is astounding. The experience of journeying abroad frequently served to radicalize Indians, men and women alike this is true to this day.

Quotes from The Glass Palace. This is why I read historical fiction. After a long gap of years, I have only recently resumed reading light fiction, and probably I expect too much of it after immersing myself in many of the 'greats' and a lot of non-fiction. He did not care what had happened between her and Arjun; nothing mattered but this—that she loved him and he loved her. But you can also see, even this is dense, how much more so the book. Where do we see this pursuit played out?

The Calcutta Chromosome won the Arthur C. From then on, we follow their separate narratives until they intertwine again when Rajkumar, after creating a business empire of sorts, traces the only love he has known.

Extremely well researched and no wonder it took 6 years of research for this book. It is a huge, indelible stain which has tainted all of ghossh.

The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh

Sep 06, Mal Warwick rated it it was amazing Shelves: I actually learned stuff! But it was always interesting, and I soon grew used to it. But the expressive texture and lushness in style is enchanting and nearly a 5. Now, thought Ghosh, I want these two long-lost people to reunite and ghsh up marrying. A bloodline chart with ethic composition or familial bloodline for most of the dozens of characters would have helped too.

I will read more by the author. View all 5 comments.

Mandalay, Morningside, Rangoon, Malaya, India? The subsequent actions of the characters may never be revealed, may be amitva multiple essays forward or might have been tucked into a prior chapter as 'throw away' detail.

And I believe I will hit the "become a fan" button on Ghosh's page here on Goodreads after I finish this! In the palatial surroundings of his palace, Thebaw awaits the arrival of British troops who have moved up from the south to incorporate the kingdom as a whole in their empire. What claims does Ghosh make about the human spirit in this novel? Sometimes finding equilibrium with the culinary fest becomes essential to restrict the malfunction of the taste buds. Alison and Uma get us thinking of feminism and through Arjun and Dinu, we also get perspectives about man and his concepts of freedom.

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  1. I can not take part now in discussion - it is very occupied. Very soon I will necessarily express the opinion.

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