Amitav Ghosh: The Glass Palace

(705 words)
  • John Thieme (University of East Anglia)

Each of Ghosh's books to date has been different in form and point of departure and in The Glass Palace he employs the genre of the family saga to tell an epic story that moves between Burma, India and the Malay archipelago and, beginning in the late nineteenth century, spreads across several generations. His prose style is at its simplest here, giving the illusion of a transparent neutral, historical record; and the novel is the least abstract work of a writer, whose whole oeuvre has preferred to make its cultural comments through concrete specifics rather than abstractions. Only occasionally does Ghosh allow himself to make analytical comments across the decades and such comments are usually placed in the mouths of his …

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Citation:
Thieme, John. "The Glass Palace". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 March 2003
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Related Groups

  1. Indian Prose Fiction in English
  2. Postcolonial literature - Britain, The Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand