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The Twentieth Wife: A Novel - Indu Sundaresan
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In The Twentieth Wife, first-time novelist Indu Sundaresan introduces readers to life inside a bejeweled, dazzling birdcage--the world of the Mughal Court's zenana, or imperial harem. Her heroine exercises power in the only way available to a woman in 17th-century India: from behind the veil. At the age of 8, Mehrunissa (the name means "Sun of Women") has already settled on her life's goal. After just one glimpse of his face, she wants to marry the Crown Prince Salim. And marry him she does, albeit some 26 years later, after overcoming the opposition of her family, an ill-starred early marriage, numerous miscarriages, and the scheming of other wives. The story's gothic trappings have a basis in fact. As Sundaresan writes in her afterword, the historical Mehrunissa exercised far more power than was usually allotted to an empress, issuing coins in her own name, giving orders, trading, owning property, and patronizing the arts. (Curiously, the book ends just as Mehrunissa is ascending to the throne as empress, dwelling on her years of powerlessness and struggle rather than those of her enormous political influence.) Although the empress was fabled in her time, we know next to nothing about the woman herself. Unfortunately, Sundaresan does little to flesh out this intriguing figure. Despite the vivid historical detail, the reader remains more aware of the author's presence--and her own contemporary take on women's issues--than of her characters' inner lives. action and adventure,contemporary,family saga,genre fiction,historical,literary,literature and fiction Literature & Fiction, Washington Square Press

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An enchanting historical epic of grand passion and adventure, this debut novel tells the captivating story of one of India's most controversial empresses -- a woman whose brilliance and determination trumped myriad obstacles, and whose love shaped the course of the Mughal Empire. Skillfully blending the textures of historical reality with the rich and sensual imaginings of a timeless fairy tale, "The Twentieth Wife" sweeps readers up in Mehrunnisa's embattled love with Prince Salim, and in the bedazzling destiny of a woman -- a legend in her own time -- who was all but lost to history until now. The Twentieth Wife Sundaresan, Indu, Washington Square Press

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Chitra Divakaruni Author of The Mistress of Spices and The Unknown Errors of Our Lives Indu Sundaresan has written a fascinating novel about a fascinating time, and has brought it alive with characters that are at once human and legendary, that move with grace and panache across the brilliant stage she has reconstructed for them. Fiction Fiction eBook, Atria Books

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Washington Square Press. Paperback. GOOD. Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some light highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable., Washington Square Press

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Washington Square Press. Very Good. 2003. Trade paperback. 0743428188 . Pages tanning; 1.2 x 8.3 x 5.4 Inches; 416 pages ., Washington Square Press, 2003

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The Twentieth Wife
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Sundaresan, Indu

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The Twentieth Wife

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Based on the life of an actual empress of the Mughal empire, the woman for whom the Taj Mahal was built, "The Twentieth Wife" blends historical reality with the rich imaginings of a fairy tale, providing a fascinating portrait of one woman's defiant life behind the veil.

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780743428187
ISBN (ISBN-10): 0743428188
Paperback
Publishing year: 2003
Publisher: WASHINGTON SQUARE
416 Pages
Weight: 0,354 kg
Language: eng/Englisch

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ISBN/EAN: 0743428188

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0-7434-2818-8, 978-0-7434-2818-7


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