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The Palace of Illusions (Hardcover)

The Palace of Illusions (Hardcover)

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A richly inventive re-telling of the classic Indian epic the Mahabharata, now told from a woman's point of view

With timeless themes of love, loss and betrayal, The Palace of Illusions is a novel on a grand scale, with wonderful writing and genuinely commercial potential

A major launch title for Picador fror an author who has already created quite a stir in the US - expect widespread PR and review coverage

2 Reviews of The Palace of Illusions (Hardcover)

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Palace of Illusions is a mammoth undertaking by author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni to which she has done complete justice. We acknowledge that epics are risky business; with respect to the volume and layers of the story involved. As a writer it is truly challenging to sieve out the portions you want to include from the ones you wish to ignore.

Divakaruni should be applauded for getting the focus, tone and the voice of the narrator right without losing track as the story progresses. The cover rightfully suggests the book as Draupadi’s Mahabharat and concentrates on her relationship with Krishna, and how difficult was her relationship with her mother-in-law Kunti and the fictionalized portion of the silent (not unrequited) love she felt for Karna.

The author has done a good job of describing her birth, growing up years, her relationship with her brother and Dhai Ma, her initial days in Hastinapur, and the awkwardness of sharing beds with five husbands. We loved the prophecy scene and the warning meted out to her to avert the catastrophe - “Hold back your question, laughter and curse”; but despite the warning she cannot do much about it. Her destiny is already written. A special mention goes to the way Divakaruni describes Khandwa’s transformation to Indraprastha. The descriptions of the Palace of Illusions are visual and definitely worth reading.

Also, the author has done a good job of giving Draupadi a strong and distinctive voice. She speaks like telling a story after having gone through it all. For instance, “If only I had not laughed.”

However, we wish the end of the book, from after the war, was narrated deftly. The lack of incidents shows up here and should have been handled with better storytelling skills. Particularly the part when they reach heaven should have been tightly edited. The last portion of the book is verbose and not as interesting or eventful.

Nevertheless, a great read!

This was my first book based on Hindu mythology and the second by Chitra Divakaruni Banerjee. This book was highly recommended specially by women that I was associated wi.. More details This was my first book based on Hindu mythology and the second by Chitra Divakaruni Banerjee. This book was highly recommended specially by women that I was associated with and who were voracious readers. This is the first time I had read a book where Draupadi told the reader her perspective of Mahabharata – from her eyes, her situation and her analysis of the situation. What struck me was also the way the book was written – in a narrative way – of events that actually took place and Draupadi’s thoughts in between. A very refreshing style of writing. What also struck me was the cover design of the book, the door to the palace of illusions. It was only half way through the book, does the reader realize why the book is called ‘The Palace of Illusions’. A must read book, gives the reader a glimpse into a woman’s heart and mind, through the most epic tale ever told in Hindu mythology. Hide details
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