The Glass Palace

The Glass Palace

Paperback (04 Feb 2002)

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Synopsis

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 World War II to the scattering of the extended family to New York and Thailand, London and Hong Kong in the post-war years.

About the Publisher

The Borough Press

The Borough Press

HarperFiction’s brand new imprint, The Borough Press. An imprint name chosen by our Publishing Director Katie Espiner, as Borough is soon to be the new London home of HarperCollinsPublishers. A place that reflects the spirit of our books, and the spirit of the imprint: energetic, modern and passionate – proud of a rich and varied past, and enthusiastic about a thriving present and future.

Book information

ISBN: 9780006514091
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint: The Borough Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 823.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Number of pages: 551
Weight: 398g
Height: 130mm
Width: 196mm
Spine width: 41mm