The Palace of Illusions

The Palace of Illusions

Author : Chitra Banerjee DivakaruniPublish Date : September 04, 2009

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

Pages: 360

Genre: Fiction,

A retelling of the timeless Indian epic, the Mahabharata with a modern twist

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Relevant to today’s war-torn world, The Palace of Illusions takes 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.
 

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Review Date : December 20, 2016

Book:The Palace of Illusions Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Originally published: 2008 Genres: Fiction, Speculative fiction Nerd rating: 5/5 About the author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author and poet. Her work is widely known, as she has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and her writing has been included in over 50 anthologies. Her works have been translated into 20 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew and Japanese. Her newest novel is Oleander Girl The Booknerds Review: In this increasingly patriarchal society where even our epics are spoken from the point of view of man, comes a refreshing novel ‘The Palace of Illusions’ by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Written from the viewpoint of Paanchali ( Draupadi), the novel is a peek into the life of one of the panchkanyas of Hindu Mythology (the other being Kunti, Ahalya, Mandodari and Tara). A princess who has all the ingredients to be happy - daughter of a king, born magically from fire. married to the ultimate warriors of her time, but is happiness leveled on the scales of position and power? Divakaruni probes deep into the life of the princess, her transformation into a queen and the subsequent fall of power, position and her prestige and the restoration. The novel is a poignant narrative which delves into the intricacies of love and happiness and how a woman is repeatedly subject to humiliation with no fault of hers. There is little deviation from the actual Mahabharata, here Draupadi questions continuously the social norms that prevailed, her subjection to humility, servitude and assault and how the war acted as the equaliser and bringer of justice. She is not a complainer but inquisitive and bold, throughout the novel the monologues she goes through bring her opinion to the fore and show her to be a mortal- one who has fears ,aspirations, wishes and a mind as strong as the rock, but bound in the shackles of decorum, Draupadi feels her palace to be a “mausoleum” a place where she is bound, does the future hold and make her a changer of history? That is revealed in the novel. Though the novel deals with a topic dating back thousand years, the novel is contemporary and connects to the core. It strings a chord where we see a new face of the greatest epic poem in the history of the world from the point of one of the most free spirited princess of Dwapar Yuga. It is novel which will open a window to the life of a princess and the illusions she means to break away from. Happy Reading Team The Booknerds The Booknerds meet every Sunday with activities such as book reviews, book launches, literary chit chat, book readings and many more over some tea. We promote writers, provide book tours, media campaigns, book promotions and book publicity. www.thebooknerds.in Phone: +918958260927,+919759360927 Email:dbooknerds@gmail.com Book:The Palace of Illusions Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Originally published: 2008 Genres: Fiction, Speculative fiction Nerd rating: 5/5 About the author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author and poet. Her work is widely known, as she has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and her writing has been included in over 50 anthologies. Her works have been translated into 20 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew and Japanese. Her newest novel is Oleander Girl The Booknerds Review: In this increasingly patriarchal society where even our epics are spoken from the point of view of man, comes a refreshing novel ‘The Palace of Illusions’ by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Written from the viewpoint of Paanchali ( Draupadi), the novel is a peek into the life of one of the panchkanyas of Hindu Mythology (the other being Kunti, Ahalya, Mandodari and Tara). A princess who has all the ingredients to be happy - daughter of a king, born magically from fire. married to the ultimate warriors of her time, but is happiness leveled on the scales of position and power? Divakaruni probes deep into the life of the princess, her transformation into a queen and the subsequent fall of power, position and her prestige and the restoration. The novel is a poignant narrative which delves into the intricacies of love and happiness and how a woman is repeatedly subject to humiliation with no fault of hers. There is little deviation from the actual Mahabharata, here Draupadi questions continuously the social norms that prevailed, her subjection to humility, servitude and assault and how the war acted as the equaliser and bringer of justice. She is not a complainer but inquisitive and bold, throughout the novel the monologues she goes through bring her opinion to the fore and show her to be a mortal- one who has fears ,aspirations, wishes and a mind as strong as the rock, but bound in the shackles of decorum, Draupadi feels her palace to be a “mausoleum” a place where she is bound, does the future hold and make her a changer of history? That is revealed in the novel. Though the novel deals with a topic dating back thousand years, the novel is contemporary and connects to the core. It strings a chord where we see a new face of the greatest epic poem in the history of the world from the point of one of the most free spirited princess of Dwapar Yuga. It is novel which will open a window to the life of a princess and the illusions she means to break away from. Happy Reading Team The Booknerds The Booknerds meet every Sunday with activities such as book reviews, book launches, literary chit chat, book readings and many more over some tea. We promote writers, provide book tours, media campaigns, book promotions and book publicity. www.thebooknerds.in Phone: +918958260927,+919759360927 Email:dbooknerds@gmail.com

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