'The Palace of Illusions' , is an iconic novel authored by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni , an award-winning Indo-American novelist and poet , which takes the readers to a completely different world ,the era of Mahabharat. The book is a beautiful interpretation of the plight of women in todays world and very effectively depicts , how women have been subjected to all kinds of atrocities and also of their struggle for existence.The author has chosen the character of 'Panchaali'/'Draupadi' ie.
The wife of the Pandavas from the legendary epic Mahabharat. The book has been written with a feminist perspective , as if seen through the eyes of Panchaali and the author has very beautifully depicted the situation of women and their plight , their struggle for liberation/existence.The storyline of this book highlights the Patriarchal system and how it is rooted deep into the history of India formerly known as 'BharatVarsh' ie. from the time of 'Mahabharat'.It is an awe-inspiring book as it catches the attention of the readers owing to the blend of the elements of magic , mythology , history , thus , taking the reader to another era . The book has been written in a trademark articulate and descriptive manner.
The storyline of the novel depicts the various events in chronological order that took place in the life of 'Panchaali' , Her lonely childhood , about her bonding with her brother 'DrishtyaDhuna' , her complicated relation with Krishna of a friend and a guide , Krishna being the incarnation of Lord Vishnu , and eventually her marriage to the Pandav Brothers , Or the Five Jewels of 'Kunti' , the mother of the Five Valiant Warriors (Bheem , Nakul , Sahdev , Arjun , Yudhishtir)who were cheated by their cousin 'Duryodhan' out of their father's kingdom.
About the Author :
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is one of the most highly acclaimed and renowned authors of her generation. She has authored many bestselling novels like 'The Mistress of Spices' , Sister of my Heart , Queen of Dreams to name a few .She also has to her credit a series for children by the name of 'Conch Bearer' . She is an American-Indian Novelist and teaches Creative writing in the University of Houston .The author has a very distinguished style of writing , giving the hints of slight poetry in her work , making it even more interesting. The Book [First edition] was published in the year 2009, by Pan Macmillan and ever since is popular amongst the readers. Pan Macmillan is a distinguished publishing house and has to its credit many great works , one of them being current work of the author.The Palace of Illusions has gathered critical acclaim by the readers across the globe . It has been reviewed by leading Newspapers , Magazines as one of its kind book and also has managed to be called a work simply captivating which grabs the attention of the reader and makes the reader travel back in time , in the Era of Mahabharat , the legendary epic in the Indian Mythology .
The novel is a work on fiction and is based on epic of Mahabharat , revolving around the character of Draupadi.The novel is available in paperback and is lightweight , highlighting its characteristics of portability and robustness. It is a must read for all as it guarantees 360 pages of absolute worthiness.The novel is a work of fiction and the author being a novelist and a poet , has beautifully woven the storyline of Mahabharat and the plight of women in our society.
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