The Glass Palace

by Amitav Ghosh | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 000651409x Global Overview for this book
Registered by Beqi of Daventry, Northamptonshire United Kingdom on 8/1/2012
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Journal Entry 1 by Beqi from Daventry, Northamptonshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 01, 2012
The acclaimed author of ‘The Calcutta Chromosome’ and ‘The Shadow Lines’ has burst out on to the big stage with a major saga on that hidden country, Burma.

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 1870 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.

Journal Entry 2 by Beqi at The Red Lion Public House in Towcester, Northamptonshire United Kingdom on Sunday, September 02, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (9/4/2012 UTC) at The Red Lion Public House in Towcester, Northamptonshire United Kingdom


Taking along to the meet-up at The Red Lion in Fosters Booth. Meet starts at 7pm on Tuesday 4th September and everyone's welcome, so feel free to drop in :0)

Journal Entry 3 by Jakesterii at Towcester, Northamptonshire United Kingdom on Saturday, October 06, 2012
Found at The Red Lion in Fosters Booth (now under new management) which is undergoing a bit of a makeover, glad the new team are keeping the BCZ going and have actually put up some proper bookshelves.

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