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The Palace of Illusions

2008 . Fiction, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Historical, Literary . Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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About the book

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A reimagining of the world-famous Indian epic, the Mahabharat—told from the point of view of an amazing woman. Relevant to today’s war-torn world,The Palace of Illusionstakes us back to a time that is half history, half myth, and wholly magical. Narrated by Panchaali, the wife of the legendary Pandavas brothers in the Mahabharat, the novel gives us a new interpretation of this ancient tale. The novel traces the princess Panchaali's life, beginning with her birth in fire and following her spirited balancing act as a woman with five husbands who have been cheated out of their father’s kingdom. Panchaali is swept into their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war involving all the important kings of India. Meanwhile, we never lose sight of her strategic duels with her mother-in-law, her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna, or her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands' most dangerous enemy. Panchaali is a fiery female redefining for us a world of warriors, gods, and the ever-manipulating hands of fate.

Year:

2008

Language:

English

Publisher:

Doubleday

Pages:

360

ISBN:

0385515995 (ISBN13: 9780385515993)

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5 months ago

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The Indian Epic from a lady perspective is Mind blowing 💯. A must read!

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