The Glass Palace
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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I made it halfway through the novel before finally closing it for good.
The whole thrust of this type of story is supposed to be one of discovery and emotional investment. We are meant to follow the lives of these characters, enmeshed in the details. In that way we get to know them, understand them, and see their lives unfold.
Instead, this novel presents a Bollywood plot and rambling story which heads in a predictable direction. There were little details, no impact, no explanation of why things happen except in the mode of it's meant to be that way. Whatever.