What is the climax of The Glass Palace?

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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 climax is ideological, coming right at the end of the novel when Dinu and Jaya go to see...

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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 climax is ideological, coming right at the end of the novel when Dinu and Jaya go to see an activist speaking from her balcony. At this point the "Glass Palace," or the grand social and political concerns that have dominated and directed the actions of all the novel’s characters, is shattered. Dinu realizes that this activist, whose political activities have led to her house arrest, has transcended the political realm, and she understands life to be far richer and more complex than a struggle over which form of government should be in power. All the trials that the novel’s characters had undergone suddenly seem, if not trivial, then of far less importance than they had initially seemed.

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