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The Glass Palace

Amitav Ghosh’s novel The Glass Palace is an epic story that spans multiple generations and a huge portion of South Asia, particularly India and Burma, both major components of the British Empire....

Latest answer posted May 8, 2014 1:43 am UTC

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Saya John is a British Christian man who establishes a teak lumber business in Malaya. Rajkumar is still a boy when he starts working for the colonial businessman. Saya John affects Rajkumar’s...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2019 7:23 pm UTC

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To understand Rajkumar’s significance in The Glass Palace, it is important to look not only at his own character arc, but also those of the people who surround him. Ghosh’s novel is at its core a...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2019 8:30 pm UTC

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Queen Supayalat in The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh seems a far stronger and more interesting character than her husband King Thebaw of Burma, although King Thebaw is the more decent human being;...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2015 10:30 am UTC

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As Dinu and Alison enter into adulthood in The Glass Palace, World War II breaks out. Alison and Dinu are at the rubber plantation, but their area is under the threat of Japanese attacks. The two...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2021 12:37 am UTC

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Short analysis: Uma's dinner party underscores two important factors. First, Rajkumar meets Dolly again after twenty years. Their relationship becomes a story within a story in Amitav Ghosh's...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2015 5:12 pm UTC

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There are quite a number of interrelated stories within the novel, The Glass Palace. The dominant stories in the novel include that of the royal family, the British invasion, and the relationship...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2015 9:34 am UTC

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There are many major themes, but the ones most apparent to this eNotes educator are as follows: perseverance and separation. The theme of perseverance is mostly seen in the character of Rajkumar...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2015 5:32 pm UTC

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This novel spans three generations and includes much action in the military and or political sense, such as the British conquest of Mandalay or the Japanese bombing of Rangoon. However, its true...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2019 8:12 pm UTC

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After the Burmese royal family is exiled from Burma, their lives change radically. In Burma, they had unparalleled wealth, power, and respect. When exiled by the British to Ratnagiri, India, they...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2015 10:19 am UTC

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In The Glass Palace, Rajkumar becomes a reinvented human being because of his rise from destitute orphan to financially established merchant. Rajkumar starts off poor. As a result of his parents'...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2015 1:47 pm UTC

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In a diaspora, people leave their homes, sometimes involuntarily or at least under duress, and settle in new locations. Often, these new locations involve unfamiliar cultures, languages, customs,...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2021 6:17 pm UTC

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In The Glass Palace, Amitav Ghosh’s attitude toward history can be traced through the individuals who experienced it. Although Ghosh’s expansive narrative deals with the effects of Western...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2021 7:15 pm UTC

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