‘The glass palace’, the title of the book which is as ambiguous as it gets, for not divulging anything about the book but in itself is a beautiful title to have . But just to be clear the title refers to the Burmese royal palace and this book is all about Burma and its struggle which makes her what she is now.
To be exact this book begins with the British invasion of Burma which sent the last king of Burma into exile at some remote place in India called Ratnagiri.
There is a teenage boy , Rajkumar who having lost his parents in India works at the stall of on Ma Cho, witnesses the invasion and the exile of the royal family. He is also in love with a girl named Dolly, the queen’s maid.
There is Saya John who is a respected person in Burma and later employee of Rajkumar.
There is Uma and her husband who being the collector of Ratnagiri, is also responsible for personal well being of the exiled king of Burma.
It’s like you have opened the mystery box, where one after another character appears in connection to one another without invading each other’s space. With tons of character and their intricately related life spanning over a hundred years pretty much sum up ‘the glass palace’. With love, grievance, divided loyalty, patriotism etc the author takes you through various emotions hounding the characters.
It’s hard to ignore the author’s attention to detail, which is immaculate and that’s what that made this story even more effortless to read , much less to conjure. Even though I haven’t been to Burma but Mr. Ghosh’s narrative teleported me to the days of 1900’s as the whole tale unfolds.
There is not much to complain about other than the slackening pace at the beginning and the mad rush at the end which of course subjects to individual taste.