The Palace of Illusions

The Palace of Illusions A 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 i

  • Title: The Palace of Illusions
  • Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • ISBN: 9780385515993
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A 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 ofA 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 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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    1. This review has been revised and can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud! This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

    2. I was intrigued as soon as I heard the plot of The Palace of Illusions, and I knew I was going to like it right away. I think Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni deserves three out of the five stars I gave her just for thinking of the idea itself. The Mahabharata has been part of India's ancient culture and history for the past 3000 years, and yet no one ever thought of narrating the epic from a different point of view.Of course, I personally cheered at her choice of Draupadi as her narrator, having give [...]

    3. “A woman is not a touch but a response to it” ----Pratibha RayChitra Banerjee Divakaruni, an Indian best selling novelist, has penned an extremely emotional and gripping mythological-cum-historical-fiction novel, The Palace of Illusions that narrates the great epic Indian mythological tale, Mahabharata from the point of view of the most brilliant and fearless female character, Draupadi, who weaves her thoroughly soul touching yet enduring life story starting from the day she was born to the [...]

    4. Just a petty complaint:I'm in the middle of this book and have a strong enough sense of the story to be able to make a heart felt plea: enough of the blatant foreshadowing! It's as if the author has no other creative or subtle use of language to hint at things to come. It always involves the last sentence of the chapter, starting with the end of Chapter 1, "I didn't know then how sorely that love would be tested, or how much it would cost both of us", "I didn't know that I'd never see this fragr [...]

    5. Aku selalu suka sama kisah yang mengangkat sudut pandang berbeda dari seorang perempuan. Dan Drupadi ini dengan sukses telah menghipnotisku dengan kehidupannya yang penuh liku-likuDrupadi adalah titisan Dewi Agni, yang diramalkan akan mengubah sejarahPada bab-bab awal Putri drupadi diramalkan bahwa dia akan menikah dengan lima pahlawan besar pada zamannya, akan menjadi ratu dari segala ratu, dicemburui para dewi. Akan menyebabkan perang terbesar, kematian kakak dan anak-anaknya, akan menyebabkan [...]

    6. 'The Palace of Illusions' by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is really a book worth reading! I think its a must read for people who have an interest in the rich literary heritage of India. The author has beautifully summed up longest epic (Mahabharata) in around 360 pages. The story is narrated from the view point of a very important female character in Mahabharata, Panchali. This, I felt, is very unique. This book has added a very interesting touch to the epic. The book begins with 'fire' and ends w [...]

    7. ‘Palace of Illusions’ by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni had been on my TBR list for years, but honestly, I wasn’t sure it was for me. As I review it today, I have only myself to blame. I was totally swept over by Chitra’s prose, mesmerized by the conviction with which she writes the story of one of the most complex characters of Mahabharata, that too, in first person. Kudos to the author for successfully presenting a fast paced compendium of this epic Indian text, which as it happens, is als [...]

    8. Bisa dibilang saya merasa beruntung bisa membaca buku seindah ini. Terlebih lagi sedari SD ayah saya yang juga pecinta buku rutin menghadiahi saya buku Mahabrata karangan R.A Kosasih. Kaget juga karena di usia saya yang sekarang, kurang lebih 20 tahun lewat sejak pertama kali mengenal tokoh Pandawa lima, ternyata saya masih mengingat garis besar kisah Mahabrata ini Istana khayalan benar-benar membuat saya berkhayal jauh, seakan-akan saya ikut berada dalam Hastinapura, ikut bersimpati dengan Drop [...]

    9. A retelling of the Mahabharata from Draupadi's point of view sounds like it has much potential -- but this attempt is let down by trying to encompass all of the epic, and bringing in the stories of almost all the characters, instead of staying faithful to Draupadi's (feminist) viewpoint. Making it a half-baked encapsulation, instead of a re-interpretation.

    10. I am really happy I picked up this book.I was truly bored of Mahabharata retellings and I never intended to read more of those.I am glad I do for this book is a MUST READ.Written from Draupadi's perspective, the book is just too good. Written beautifully with praiseworthy story telling, this book wouldn't disappoint you.

    11. buku pinjaman dari tante Mumut :)PROLOG (boleh dilewat soalnya rada2 OOT :D)-----------------------------------------Pertama kali saya tahu ada cerita tentang Mahabrata adalah waktu saya SD, film Mahabrata pada waktu itu ditayangkan oleh salah satu stasiun televise swasta, yang memang dulu sempat mendapat julukan sebagai Televisi Pilem India, soalnya stasiun televisi tersebut sering menayangkan film India. Namun saya sendiri kurang tahu tentang sejarah cerita tersebut, hanya beberapa tokoh saja [...]

    12. My memory often tends to fail me when it concerns my childhood but I distinctly remember illustrated Indian books, a splurge of my parents hoping it would instill many virtues, sprawled on my bed waiting to be read. With time, I started to develop an interest on my own towards works like the Panchatantra, Jataka Tales, Amar Chitra Katha, i.e just about anything that had conversing animals or a touch of mythology in it. These books are unique in the fact that at the end of the story, they have so [...]

    13. PfuihOKBuku ini telah memikatku dalam banyak hal:Pertama, Cover yang menarik. Yup, terkadang mata saya suka sekali dengan keindahan cover suatu buku. Perpaduan warnanya seperti membawa saya ke Istana Khayalan. Cover aselinya juga kerenI Love Green :)Kedua, tokoh utamanya yaitu Drupadi. Saya suka Drupadi. Saya mengenal sosoknya saat membaca Mahabharata. Yang sedikit diceritakan *plus saya skimming juga* tapi sukses meninggalkan bekas di hati.Ketiga, kata pembuka yang dikutip Divakaruni : Siapa sa [...]

    14. A fantastic read. Except for that twist in Draupadi's love life it would have been perfect. The stories of Mahabharatha were a part of my growing up. But i had never paused to think about what the people involved really felt and thought. So it was a surprise to read about Draupadi's feelings in her own words. What did a woman who was born from fire think about herself. ? What did she feel when she knew that she would have to marry five men ? Thete were times when I found my heart racing like whe [...]

    15. I don't know why I do this to myself. Why I bother with this author when book after book has been nothing but Wanting, for lack of a better word. The Mahabharata is my favorite story of all time. It is every book in one book and to take on the task of retelling the story from the perspective of Draupadi is the literary equivalent of hitting a jackpot of an idea. But. Here comes Ms Bannerjee Divakaruni to ruin that wholly awesome party. This book is shallow, trite and vapid. The protagonist, oth [...]

    16. --------------Mengandung spoiler kisah cinta-cintaaannya-------------”Masalah hanya menjadi masalah kalau kau percaya itu masalah. Seseorang melihatmu seperti kau melihat dirimu sendiri.”“Kekuatan keyakinan seorang merembes kepada orang sekitarnya-ke dalam tanah, udara, dan air-sampai tak ada lainya.”Itu hanya beberapa kutipan-kutipan menarik yang banyak disajikan di dalam buku ini. Halaman depan yang sangat indah membuat diri saya tak sabar membuka lembaran demi lembaran dan menikmati i [...]

    17. The book at its centre is Draupadi's version of Mahabharat. When I picked this book, I wasn’t too sure, if would relish a book on – battles, power-play, politics, adrenaline-filled glory and carnage. But the authoress had done a tremendous job of capturing the essence of the epic in the form of a story. The authoress had bereft the characters of divine, virtuous status and made them very real and human, which makes it very easy to follow, despite the complexities in the leading characters. T [...]

    18. Beautifully written and captivating And the stories Ah, the stories They reminded me of the reason I've always loved indian mythology. This was a really satisfying book.

    19. One of my favorite books ever, and I don't say that lightly. Now, if only Mr. Wright had ever given my copy back! (Note: Never loan a book based on the Mahabhrata to your Asian Humanities teacher. You might as well have dropped it into a black hole.)Anyhow I'm not really sure how to describe why I love this book so. The story is beautiful, that's a large part of it. The characters are strong and well-shaped, that's another part of it. The prose is gorgeous. The setting is truly magical. The trag [...]

    20. How can you tell an ancient story in new light? And how can you tell it to a generation, who as children have literally grown up with this story, and as adults will have high expectations of it?Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni has the answer in The Palace of Illusions.The story of Mahabharata is nothing new to me. A kingdom greater than any - cousins fighting for the throne - sacrifices, promises, boons, curses - war - bereavement - atonement. An epic. The Mahabharata is an elaborate story, which can [...]

    21. I am so so happy that I could read this book. I enjoyed every page of it. This is the story of Mahabharatha - not the full one, but a few incidents as seen through the eyes of Draupadi - the Pandava wife. This book will be best appreciated only by those who have a knowledge of the Mahabharatha - the vast Indian epic full of intrigue, mysteries, magic, politics, family obligations and the strife for attaining the Kuru throne by two set of cousins - the good Pandavas (5 brothers with one common wi [...]

    22. I think Divakurani's short stories are genius-but she ought to lay off the novels. The book wasn't terrible, but there were some ATROCIOUS anachronisms sprinkled throughout and the heavy handed feminism was a bit much. It definitely gained in narrative voice as the plot progressed. Interesting read, but wait for the paperback, or get it out of the library.

    23. It is extremely difficult to comment upon the beauty of Divakaruni's words. She has attempted the enormous task of retelling the Mahabharata, one of the greatest Indian epics. The Mahabharata is often called a 'history', a record of the past composed by Vyasa. Many versions of the epic exist today and it continues to intrigue intellectual minds. Many interpretations of the Mahabharata have been attempted and Divakaruni's The Palace of Illusions is one of them.The Place of Illusions is a retellin [...]

    24. This novel ended up reminding me a bit of Till We Have Faces: the basic plot is "mythological woman has passionate, interesting life, eventually finds peace and enlightenment." Except that it's based not on Greek mythology but the Mahabharata, which it retells from the perspective of Draupadi/Panchaali, the princess who becomes (partly) the cause of a cataclysmic war.I liked it quite a bit. It's a fast read, yet lyrical, and the portrayal of Krishna is fantastic, a really compelling mix of lovab [...]

    25. hmm saya merindukan seseorang seraya membaca buku iniDivakaruni memperkenalkan Mahabaratha kepada sayaKisah yang saya ingat pernah ditayangkan di stasiun Televisi Perdangdutan Indonesia, itu pun hanya bagian lagu pembuka nya sajahihihihiSaya mengetahui Mahabaratha hanya bahwa itu adalah kisah tentang Pandawa LimaItu pun sekedar nama dari kelima nya, tanpa mengetahui detail cerita seperti apaWalaupun saya akhirnya mengetahui sedikit dari sosok "Pandawa Lima" jadi-jadian waktu kuliah*yang setelah [...]

    26. Mahabharat from a different perspective - that of Draupadi's. Can't put this one down once you've started. It stayed with me for many days. Very well written. Its Mahabharat story written from point of view of Draupadi. Its amazing how the book pulls you into it and you feel all the emotions as well. The woman's viewpoint makes it more interesting since we've hardly had such stories from a woman's perspective. However, i did not like the new angle depicted between karna and draupadi though, not [...]

    27. A version of the Mahābhārata told from the perspective of Princess Panchāli, this did more for me that an entire semester of studying the original text for college did. Panchāli’s character is fascinating in that she is married to five brothers in the Hindu epic, and the novel talks about this with due credit to the patriarchal context.Verdict: Buyom Buy, Borrow, Bypass: Hindu Mythology Retellings: bookriot/2016/05/23/buy-bo

    28. One of the best books I have read from Chitra B Divakaruni. 'The Palace of Illusions' is Mahabharata seen through the eyes of Panchali, the wife of the five Pandavas. Mahabharata is an epic with many thousands of characters and side stories and narrates the story of the Kuru dynasty. The story happens in the third age of man Dvapar Yug, when the walls between the world of man and the Gods were thin. Even though I knew every twist and turn and every side story; the story when told by Panchali and [...]

    29. Mahabharata through the eyes of its most controversial character - Panchali or Draupadi Its an interesting take and Chitra Banerjee through her master story teller stroke has done a fair justice to it. Although at time she turns Panchali into a more complex character then she could be. To read more, visit Storywala

    30. I started reading this one a little too late. Quite a few of my friends, and my sister, had already read most or all of it and it was nothing but inevitable that I'd be told all the spoilers. Even then, it was surprisingly refreshing to finally come across a woman's perspective on Mahabharata. The Palace of Illusions offers a passionate feminist perspective on dharma or duty that is the sole purpose of living for everyone in Hastinapur, especially Draupadi who was born to change the course of hi [...]

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