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The Glass Palace

Author : Ghosh
Publisher : Penguin Books India
Page : 604 pages
File Size : 21,62 MB
Release : 2008
Category :
ISBN : 9780670082209

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The Glass Palace Begins With The Shattering Of The Kingdom Of Burma, And Tells The Story Of A People, A Fortune, And A Family And Its Fate. It Traces The Life Of Rajkumar, A Poor Indian Boy, Who Is Lifted On The Tides Of Political And Social Turmoil To Build An Empire In The Burmese Teak Forest. When British Soldiers Force The Royal Family Out Of The Glass Palace, During The Invasion Of 1885, He Falls In Love With Dolly, An Attendant At The Palace. Years Later, Unable To Forget Her, Rajkumar Goes In Search Of His Love. Through This Brilliant And Impassioned Story Of Love And War, Amitav Ghosh Presents A Ruthless Appraisal Of The Horrors Of Colonialism And Capitalist Exploitation. Click Here To Visit The Amitav Ghosh Website

The Glass Palace

Author : Amitav Ghosh
Publisher : Penguin UK
Page : 526 pages
File Size : 25,96 MB
Release : 2008-06-06
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9352141091

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The Glass Palace begins with the shattering of the kingdom of Burma, and tells the story of a people, a fortune, and a family and its fate. It traces the life of Rajkumar, a poor Indian boy, who is lifted on the tides of political and social turmoil to build an empire in the Burmese teak forest. When British soldiers force the royal family out of the glass palace, during the invasion of 1885, he falls in love with Dolly, an attendant at the palace. Years later, unable to forget her, Rajkumar goes in search of his love. Through this brilliant and impassioned story of love and war, Amitav Ghosh presents a ruthless appraisal of the horrors of colonialism and capitalist exploitation.

The Glass Palace

Author : Amitav Ghosh
Publisher : HarperCollins UK
Page : 564 pages
File Size : 41,77 MB
Release : 2001
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 000651409X

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The Acclaimed Author Of The Calcutta Chromosome And The Shadow Lines Has Burst Out On To The Big Stage With A Major Saga On That Hidden Country, Burma. Rajkumar Is Only Another Boy, Helping On A Market Stall In The Dusty Square Outside The Royal Palace, When The British Force The Burmese King, Queen And All The Court Into Exile. He Is Rescued By The Far-Seeing Chinese Merchant, And With Him Builds Up A Logging Business In Upper Burma. But Haunted By His Vision Of The Royal Family, He Journeys To The Obscure Town In India Where They Have Been Exiled. The Picture Of The Tension Between The Burmese, The Indian And The British, Is Excellent. Among The Great Range Of Characters Are One Of The Court Ladies, Miss Dolly, Whom He Marries: And The Redoubtable Jonakin, Part Of The British-Educated Indian Colony, Who With Her Husband Has Been Put In Charge Of The Burmese Exiled Court. The Story Follows The Fortunes Rubber Estates In Malaya, Businesses In Singapore, Estates In Burma Which Rajkumar, With His Chinese, British And Burmese Relations, Friends And Associates, Builds Up From 1870 Through The Second World War To The Scattering Of The Extended Family To New York And Thailand, London And Hong Kong In The Post-War Years.

The Glass Palace

Author : Nasser M. Beydoun
Publisher : Algora Publishing
Page : 196 pages
File Size : 10,51 MB
Release : 2012
Category : Business & Economics
ISBN : 0875869556

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When Americans read in today's news that Qatar is funding rebel groups across the Middle East, few of us have any idea what Qatar is or how it is run. A nation of perhaps 250,000 locals served by 1.35 million foreign workers, the emirate is burning its gas and oil revenue at a break-neck pace in an effort to build a position on the global stage. Is Qatar actually a suitable ally or a legitimate partner for the United States? Under Qatari labor law, foreign workers are actually owned, for all practical purposes, by their Qatari sponsors in a system akin to slavery. This book chronicles the experience of an American executive working in Qatar and delves into Qatar's feudal work-sponsorship system, showing that an economic great leap forward is not necessarily accompanied by modernization, despite superficial emblems; that prosperity and democracy need not go hand in hand; and that being a US ally may be totally unrelated to any notion of human rights or personal liberties. There are other Western expats still trapped in Qatar. Yet American workers, students and others blithely interact with Qatar as if it were a 'normal' (i.e., Westernized) nation where one may navigate with confidence. It is nothing of the sort. In the meantime Qatar, under the leadership of an emir who overthrew his own father, is fostering international unrest across the entire Arab world, while racing to build a modern-looking city from scratch. Some of the economic, environmental and demographic assumptions underlying these plans are worthy of another 1000 tales from Arabia. American businessman Nasser Beydoun found out for himself how quickly the Qataris are moving when he embarked on an exciting new career path, leaving his hometown of Dearborn, Michigan, to move to Qatar to manage the opening of several chain restaurants as part of the sudden economic boom there. It didn't take long for the deal to turn sour, but Beydoun didn't realize the extent of his problem until he tried to leave the country — and was stopped at the border. In this book he paints a general picture of life in this fantastical realm while relaying his personal struggle to escape a legal runaround worthy of Kafka's novels.

The Palace of Glass

Author : Django Wexler
Publisher : Penguin
Page : 368 pages
File Size : 30,97 MB
Release : 2016-04-12
Category : Juvenile Fiction
ISBN : 1101604298

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An action-packed middle-grade fantasy with classic writing, a resourceful heroine, a host of magical creatures, and no shortage of narrow escapes—for fans of Story Thieves, Inkheart, Coraline, and Harry Potter. For Alice, danger threatens from inside the library as well as out. Having figured out the role her master and uncle, Geryon, played in her father's disappearance, Alice turns to Ending—the mysterious, magical giant feline and guardian of Geryon's library—for a spell to incapacitate Geryon. But, like all cats, Ending is adept at keeping secrets and Alice doesn't know the whole story. Once she traps Geryon with Ending's spell, there's no one to stop the other Readers from sending their apprentices to pillage Geryon's library. As Alice prepares to face an impending attack from the combined might of the Readers, she gathers what forces she can—the apprentices she once thought might be her friends, the magical creatures imprisoned in Geryon's library—not knowing who, if anyone, she can trust.

The Glass Castle

Author : Jeannette Walls
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Page : 370 pages
File Size : 17,25 MB
Release : 2007-01-02
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 1416544666

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A triumphant tale of a young woman and her difficult childhood, The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience, redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and wonderfully vibrant. Jeannette Walls was the second of four children raised by anti-institutional parents in a household of extremes.

The Glass Palace Chronicle of the Kings of Burma

Author :
Publisher :
Page : 206 pages
File Size : 35,76 MB
Release : 1923
Category : Burma
ISBN :

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In the year 1829 King Bagyidaw of Burma appointed a committee of scholars to write a chronicle of the Burmese kings. The name of the chronicle was taken from the Palace of glass, in which the compilation was made. The present translation is based on the Mandalay edition of 1907. It begins with the third part which opens with history of the three Burmese kingdoms of Tagaung, Tharehkittara, and Pagan. The fourth and fifth parts continue the history of Pagan until the time of its fail.

Ancestral Leaves

Author : Joseph W. Esherick
Publisher : Univ of California Press
Page : 393 pages
File Size : 35,96 MB
Release : 2011-02-09
Category : History
ISBN : 0520947622

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Ancestral Leaves follows one family through six hundred years of Chinese history and brings to life the epic narrative of the nation, from the fourteenth century through the Cultural Revolution. The lives of the Ye family—"Ye" means "leaf" in Chinese—reveal the human side of the large-scale events that shaped modern China: the vast and destructive rebellions of the nineteenth century, the economic growth and social transformation of the republican era, the Japanese invasion during World War II, and the Cultural Revolution under the Chinese Communists. Joseph W. Esherick draws from rare manuscripts and archival and oral history sources to provide an uncommonly personal and intimate glimpse into Chinese family history, illuminating the changing patterns of everyday life during rebellion, war, and revolution.

Flood of Fire

Author : Amitav Ghosh
Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Page : 624 pages
File Size : 24,39 MB
Release : 2015-08-04
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 1429944285

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The stunningly vibrant final novel in the bestselling Ibis Trilogy It is 1839 and China has embargoed the trade of opium, yet too much is at stake in the lucrative business and the British Foreign Secretary has ordered the colonial government in India to assemble an expeditionary force for an attack to reinstate the trade. Among those consigned is Kesri Singh, a soldier in the army of the East India Company. He makes his way eastward on the Hind, a transport ship that will carry him from Bengal to Hong Kong. Along the way, many characters from the Ibis Trilogy come aboard, including Zachary Reid, a young American speculator in opium futures, and Shireen, the widow of an opium merchant whose mysterious death in China has compelled her to seek out his lost son. The Hind docks in Hong Kong just as war breaks out and opium "pours into the market like monsoon flood." From Bombay to Calcutta, from naval engagements to the decks of a hospital ship, among embezzlement, profiteering, and espionage, Amitav Ghosh charts a breathless course through the culminating moment of the British opium trade and vexed colonial history. With all the verve of the first two novels in the trilogy, Flood of Fire completes Ghosh's unprecedented reenvisioning of the nineteenth-century war on drugs. With remarkable historic vision and a vibrant cast of characters, Ghosh brings the Opium Wars to bear on the contemporary moment with the storytelling that has charmed readers around the world.

Sea of Poppies

Author : Amitav Ghosh
Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Page : 565 pages
File Size : 26,13 MB
Release : 2009-09-29
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 1429930810

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The first in an epic trilogy, Amitav Ghosh's Sea of Poppies is "a remarkably rich saga . . . which has plenty of action and adventure à la Dumas, but moments also of Tolstoyan penetration--and a drop or two of Dickensian sentiment" (The Observer [London]). At the heart of this vibrant saga is a vast ship, the Ibis. Her destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean shortly before the outbreak of the Opium Wars in China. In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a diverse cast of Indians and Westerners on board, from a bankrupt raja to a widowed tribeswoman, from a mulatto American freedman to a free-spirited French orphan. As their old family ties are washed away, they, like their historical counterparts, come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais, or ship-brothers. The vast sweep of this historical adventure spans the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling high seas, and the exotic backstreets of Canton. With a panorama of characters whose diaspora encapsulates the vexed colonial history of the East itself, Sea of Poppies is "a storm-tossed adventure worthy of Sir Walter Scott" (Vogue).