The Glass Palace

The Glass Palace

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The International Bestseller from the Man Booker Prize shortlisted author

'An absorbing story of a world in transition' JM Coetzee

'A Doctor Zhivago for the Far East' The Independent

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 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 the Second World War 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 36mm | 380g
  • The Borough Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 Kte., mit Vign.
  • 9780006514091
  • 96,209

Review quote

'A distinctive voice, polished and profound.' TLS

'Ambitious, multigenerational, "The Glass Palace" is akin to a 19th-century Russian novel...a rich, layered epic that probes the meaning of identity and homeland.' LA Times

'An absorbing story of a world in transition, brought to life through characters who love and suffer with equal intensity.' J.M. Coetzee

'A "Doctor Zhivago" for the Far East.' Independent
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About Amitav Ghosh

The author was born in India of Burmese parents. Educated in India and Britain, he now lives in New York.
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Rating details

23,771 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 32% (7,518)
4 42% (9,896)
3 21% (5,025)
2 4% (1,054)
1 1% (278)
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