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The Palace of Illusions Hardcover – 5 Sep 2008

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (5 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330458515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330458511
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'A mythic tale brimming with warriors, magic and treachery' Los Angeles Times 'A radiant entree into an ancient mythology... Charming and remarkable' Houston Chronicle 'A woman's look at crime and punishment, loyalty, promises, love and vengeance... With The Palace of Illusions, Divakaruni has proven that her storytelling talents put her right up there with the best' Miami Herald" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A retelling of the timeless Indian epic, the Mahabharata -- with a modern twist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Malsingh on 13 April 2010
Format: Paperback
The idea behind this book is amazing - a female perspective on the events of the Mahabharata. Somehow, seeing the story through the eyes of Draupadi, or Panchali as she is often called, gives the story a really human touch. It also gives you a totally different view on things.

I especially love the way Krishna is portrayed in the book. What is clever is the way that that Panchali talks about the rumours she has heard about him being a god, and his strange exploits, and how she is not sure because she cannot believe that he could be a god.

Overall, this book is definitely worth a read. If you know the story of the Mahabharata, then you will enjoy the interesting new perspective on things. And if you do not know the story, then this will be a great introduction for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Gupta on 24 April 2010
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Having accidently come across this book I was truly amazed that this book did not get more publicity. It is so well conceptualised and written that it almost qualifies to be a classic. The book humanises the characters of Mahabharata and succeeds in bringing them to life. Reading it I found myself transported to the Mahabharata era and was saddened when the book ended. Thank you for the treat Chitra Divakaruni.
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One of my favourite epic stories is the Mahabharata. But more importantly, I always felt that Draupadi's view of the events had been neglected and that the story was always told from the men's point of view.

Not anymore though: this book is beautifully written, the descriptive narration is a delight. It takes your imagination away and you visualize the events through Draupadi's eyes. The language is full of colour and richness and you see the India of the golden age, or at least how I imagine it to have been!

I loved the way it humanises her, the way it shows human failings even amongst the best of us. It was a trip through epic times but told with such richness. I grew up with this story, and yet when i read this book it was an enchantment, a journey through discovery of human nature entwined with the divine.

The book had everything and it never ceases to amaze me how human nature stays the same through the passage of time.

Thank you for such a great read!
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By V. Dodd on 26 April 2011
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I was utterly drawn in to the world described in the pages of this unassuming novel.
I love books about India but this is a modern take on a very ancient story written from a female perspective.

I cannot rate it highly enough. At first thought, as i bought it on a recommendation it would appear to be quite fantastical and this did not appeal to me as i like very dark urban fiction if i am reading that sort of thing. However it is not as fairytale like as the write ups make it out to be. It is the tale of one woman and how her life is shaped by her not taking heed of 3 warnings given to her early on in her life as she longs to be a woman and a wife.

This will remain on my bookshelf and I will re read it - i wanted to know what happened but was saddened that I had finished it !! So i ordered more from the same author.

Excellent book in my opinion if you like Indian culture and history
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenelle Cherrie on 15 Dec. 2013
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I cried when I finished reading this book as I didn't want it to end.
It is superbly written with rich descriptions that tantalise the senses and make you yearn of times long past.
Fascinating read - I wish there were more books and authors like this.
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to narrate a story heard and talked about for centuries with such amazing clarity is simply brilliant. This is Mahabharata as seen from Draupadi's view point never before brought to print. For those of us grown up with this story her feelings for Pandavas, their mother Kunti and Karna seem believable but contrary to popular belief. The last part of the book 'mahaprasthana' is so beautifully narrated that you feel you are there with the characters. A great read from first to last page. I am sure to read it again soon.
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By Sue Guru on 18 Jun. 2013
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The book was recommended by a cousin during a recent visit to India.

This was a definite page turner. Knowing the Mahabharat story from early childhood it was fascinating to see the events through

Draupadi's eyes.

I found it difficult to put the book down.

I'd love to read some more books by the same author.
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A females perspective on the Mahabharat, it shows the sensitivity of the characters and what it must have been like to have 5 husbands. My favourtite is the last chapter of the book. It has been beautifully written and very touching. Enjoyed every page of the book and still think about alot of the excerps from it.
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