Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh

Glass Palace

byAmitav Ghosh

Paperback | September 18, 2001

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Rajkumar is a young orphan helping out in a market stall in the dusty square outside the royal palace in Mandalay, when the British force the Burmese King, Queen and court into exile. Haunted by his vision of the Royal Family and one of their attendants, he travels to the obscure town where they have been exiled, and his family and friends become inexorably linked with theirs.

From this humble beginning, an extraordinary story of a century unfolds: in Malaya, amid the vast rubber plantations; in India, amid growing nationalistic fervor; in America, where ideals of democracy, terrorist skills and business acumen could all be learned. By the time World War II arrives, Rajkumar's influence will have spread from the great estate at Morningside and he will see his son become involved in the British collapse in Singapore, and another member of his family take part in the remarkable rebellion of the Indian troops against their British officers.

Many more fascinating stories unfold in the pages of The Glass Palace. There is the formidable Indian widow, Uma, a spearhead of the Indian nationalist movement and a final refuge for the battered remnants of the family as they flee from Burma before the Japanese advance. And there is Rajkumar's granddaughter, who survives the experience and brings readers back to Burma, completing the family saga started so long ago.

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Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. He studied at the universities of Delhi and Oxford, and published the first of seven novels, The Circle of Reason, in 1986. He currently divides his time between Calcutta, Goa, and Brooklyn. The first novel in the Ibis trilogy, Sea of Poppies, was shortli...
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Title:Glass PalaceFormat:PaperbackPublished:September 18, 2001Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140299246

ISBN - 13:9780140299243

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While helping out on a market stall just outside the royal palace in Mandalay, Rajkumar, a young orphan, watches helplessly as the British force the Burmese King, Queen and court into exile. Haunted by this vision, Rajkumar travels to the obscure town where the royal family is now living. The Glass Palace carefully weaves a compelling family saga that spans the vast rubber plantations in Malaya, India’s growing nationalistic fervor and America’s ideas of democracy, terrorism and business. From the beginning of the century until well after the Second World War, this fascinating story chronicles Rajkumar’s life and influence, as he becomes indirectly involved with the British collapse in Singapore, the rebellion of Indian troops against their British officers and many more historical adventures.