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1. Dolly is one of the most compelling characters in The Glass Palace , and the one besides Rajkumar that the reader follows throughout the course of the novel. How does her identity and role evolve as she grows older, and takes on new positions in new locales? What was Dolly's function in the royal household while they were living in the Glass Palace and how does it change once they are forced in to exile in Ratnagiri? How does her role evolve once she marries Rajkumar and has children of her own? What is the significance of her relationship with Uma, and how does the friendship change Dolly as a character? 2. Although a work of fiction, real people and events appear throughout the novel, like the Burmese Nobel Peace Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Japanese invasion of Malaya, World War II, the British invasion of Burma, and the deportation of the Burmese royal family. This history of Burma, Malaya, and India throughout the late 19th century and mid 20th century is the backbone against the fictional story is told. How do the real events and people lend credibility to the characters and their plight? Does the creation of these fictional characters make the history of the real people and places more immediate and comprehensible? If The Glass Palace were a strict work of nonfiction, would the issues raised by the book differ significantly? Do you think it is more powerful as a work of fiction? Amitav Ghosh was inspired to write The Glass Palace by his uncle, a self-made businessman, not unlike Rajkumar, who had taken on almost mythic status in Ghosh's family. It was originally going to be written as a memoir. Why do you think Ghosh may have decided to write a novel instead? 3. The Glass Palace considers the forces of war and governments and the role they play in shaping the fate of individuals, a people, and a country, and most specifically Burma. The novel begins with Burma's last king going into exile during the British invasion of 1885 and returns to Burma for its conclusion, but this time the country is under a repressive military regime. What point do you think Ghosh was trying to make by bringing the story back to where it started for its conclusion? How had Burma changed and been transformed as a country? How do we see the Burmese people themselves evolve throughout the novel in the face of war and different regimes? What remains constant in national identity and what easily changes? 4. In many ways Arjun is the character that most embodies the conflicting forces and loyalties that have come to shape the modern Indian identity. He is neither fully Burmese nor Indian, and culturally he is in many ways British. Why do you think Arjun is initially so successful in the British army? Do you think it is wrong of him to fight for Britain? Why do you think he resisted joining the Indian National Army for so long, and should he have joined at all? How do other characters in the novel express this conflict of national allegiance and Fiction Fiction eBook, Random House Publishing Group

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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. contemporary,genre fiction,historical,literary,literature and fiction Literature & Fiction, Random House

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The Glass Palace: A Novel
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Amitav Ghosh

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The Glass Palace: A Novel

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Beginning in 1885, with the British invasion of Mandalay and the capture of the Burmese king and queen, and encompassing over 100 years to modern-day India and Burma (Myanmar), Amitav Ghosh has created in The Glass Palace a monument to life in colonial central and Southeast Asia. The story follows three generations from three families, spreading its wings across the world, from Malaya to New York. Yet despite the epic scale, the gentle and intimate detail of the characters and their interwoven relationships removes any need for an understanding of this area of the world in geographical or historical terms. The map at the back of the book is useful for following the characters' travels as their fortunes and rulers (British, Japanese, military government) change, but it is the atmosphere and feel of the era and location that Ghosh captures astutely. Each city or border is not a mark on a map with political significance but a home, a memory and a reality.

With each generation the characters' lives and personalities contrast and intertwine according to the rise and fall of the countries'--and the world's--politics. Rajkumar, the Indian peasant who makes a fortune through teak and his wife Dolly, the breathtakingly beautiful maid of the Burmese royal family, contrast to Uma the Indian widow who becomes a champion for Indian independence after her liberating time in the USA and the Americanised Matthew who makes a life in his half-native Malaya as a rubber plantation owner, while Uma's Bengali nieces and nephew contrast to Rajkumar and Dolly's newly wealthy sons. Yet they all suffer in the Second World War, whether as a soldier, refugee or evacuee discriminated against because of their skin colour. Ghosh's focus on the war in Burma, from the viewpoint of Indian officers in the British army, who have been imbued through their regimental history to believe in their allegiance to "their" country (i.e. Britain and not India), reveals a side of both world wars that is rarely told. The struggle these British subjects experience, as to whether colonial or fascist masters are better, is not something that shaped the general European knowledge of the Second World War, where "good" and "evil" seemed much clearer.

However, The Glass Palace is not only about war; and the full circle it travels, from one glass palace in the lush and rich 19th-century Burma to another glass palace in repressed and impoverished Myanmar is, seemingly with ease from the lush and rich prose, satisfying and informative. It is a novel in which the characters will always go on living, and whose ideals will never die. --Olivia Dickinson

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780375501487
ISBN (ISBN-10): 0375501487
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Publishing year: 2001
Publisher: Random House

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