The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee DivakaruniA 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 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 Panchaalis 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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It was released by Picador. The novel is a rendition of the Hindu epic Mahabharata as told from Draupadi 's Panchaali's viewpoint, namely, that of a woman living in a patriarchal world. As Booklist summarizes the plot, "Smart, resilient, and courageous Panchaali, born of fire, marries all five of the famously heroic Pandava brothers, harbors a secret love, endures a long exile in the wilderness, instigates a catastrophic war, and slowly learns the truth about Krishna, her mysterious friend. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The 'mysterious woman' style of narration is unmistakably Divakaruni's. Buffalo and Erie County Public Library.
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Look Inside Reading Guide. Reading Guide. Feb 10, ISBN A writer to watch. Moreover, Divakaruni masterfully describes the lyrical beauty of Indians and the elegant logic of Hinduism. It is particularly refreshing to read an author who breaks the mold as clearly as Divakaruni does….
Taking us back to a time that is half history, half myth and wholly magical, The Palace of Illusions gives new voice to Panchaali, the fire-born heroine of the Mahabharat, as she weaves a vibrant interpretation of an ancient tale. Check out my Review Request form and Review Policy. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email.
She is one of the most controversial heroines of Indian mythology, glorified for her strength and devotion and in the same breath denounced for the misfortune she brought about. Stories around her mysterious birth, her marriage to the five Pandavas, her role in the battle at Kurukshetra, and her relationship with Krishna have been explored with varying depths over the years. Whether it's Pratibha Ray's Yajnaseni or Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's Palace of Illusions , these books have revealed different shades of Draupadi's character, portraying her in a more human light. The epic characters who have been immortalised and revered for ages are being interpreted in different ways in popular culture to find resonance with the young readers. The characters are also reinvented in such a way that their vulnerable side is revealed and the readers identify with their struggles and life. Stories and characters from Indian epics are timeless and will never lose their relevance, according to J.