THE GLASS PALACE AMITAV GHOSH PDF

Rajkumar is only another boy, helping on a market stall in the dusty square outside the royal palace, when the British force the Burmese king, queen and all the court into exile. He is rescued by the far-seeing Chinese merchant, and with him builds up a logging business in upper Burma. But haunted by his vision of the royal family, he journeys to the obscure town in India where they have been exiled. The picture of the tension between the Burmese, the Indian and the British, is excellent. Among the great range of characters are one of the court ladies, Miss Dolly, whom he marries; and the redoubtable Jonakin, part of the British-educated Indian colony, who with her husband has been put in charge of the Burmese exiled court. The story follows the fortunes - rubber estates in Malaya, businesses in Singapore, estates in Burma - which Rajkumar, with his Chinese, British and Burmese relations, friends and associates, builds up - from through World War II to the scattering of the extended family to New York and Thailand, London and Hong Kong in the post-war years.

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Amitav Ghosh came to the attention of the literary world earlier this year when he refused the Best Book Prize from the Commonwealth Foundation. He resented being categorised as a Commonwealth writer, and also objected that the only works considered for the prize were those written in English. Beginning in Mandalay at the end of the nineteenth century, when the British forcibly deposed the Burmese King Thebaw and moved him and his family into exile in India, the novel addresses the enormous changes which took place in the country in the twentieth century.

The story gets off to a slow start: Ghosh re-creates Rajkumar's childhood in an almost fairy-tale way. His success as a trader in teak the lucrative motivation behind the British invasion is achieved with apparently little effort, and Rajkumar journeys across India to find Dolly, a woman he met as a child in Mandalay. The pair are married and settle in Burma. Parentless, but with a strong guiding force in his mentor, Saya John, Rajkumar starts to make a life for himself, his new wife and young family.

It is worth persevering and reaching the depths of the narrative; after a couple of hundred pages, the book begins to quicken its pace. International events wreak untold damage on Burma as it is catapulted on to the international stage and it becomes clear that the medieval traditions upon which the country's culture is based cannot compete with the organisational discipline and superior technology of the Western world.

Juxtaposed with folk tales, chaos and violence dominate as the twentieth century brings new challenges and hardships. The comparatively gentle beginning contrasts with later depictions of war and violence and the two elements to the work combine to paint a picture both melancholic and uplifting.

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The Glass Palace

Amitav Ghosh came to the attention of the literary world earlier this year when he refused the Best Book Prize from the Commonwealth Foundation. He resented being categorised as a Commonwealth writer, and also objected that the only works considered for the prize were those written in English. Beginning in Mandalay at the end of the nineteenth century, when the British forcibly deposed the Burmese King Thebaw and moved him and his family into exile in India, the novel addresses the enormous changes which took place in the country in the twentieth century. The story gets off to a slow start: Ghosh re-creates Rajkumar's childhood in an almost fairy-tale way. His success as a trader in teak the lucrative motivation behind the British invasion is achieved with apparently little effort, and Rajkumar journeys across India to find Dolly, a woman he met as a child in Mandalay. The pair are married and settle in Burma. Parentless, but with a strong guiding force in his mentor, Saya John, Rajkumar starts to make a life for himself, his new wife and young family.

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Look Inside Reading Guide. Reading Guide. When soldiers force the royal family out of the Glass Palace and into exile, Rajkumar befriends Dolly, a young woman in the court of the Burmese Queen, whose love will shape his life. He cannot forget her, and years later, as a rich man, he goes in search of her. A wonderful novel. An incredible story. The author of five non-fiction books… More about Amitav Ghosh.

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