The Palace of Illusions: A Novel

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Picador, 2008 - India - 360 pages
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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 five Pandava brothers, we are -- finally -- given a woman's take on the timeless tale that is the Mahabharata

Tracing Panchaali's life -- from fiery birth and lonely childhood, where her beloved brother is her only true companion; through her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna; to marriage, motherhood and Panchaali's secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands' most dangerous enemy -- The Palace of Illusions is a deeply human

novel about a woman born into a man's world -- a world of warriors, gods and the ever manipulating hands of fate.

Praise for Queen of Dreams:

'A riveting story, eloquently written. Divakaruni's attention to detail in descriptive passages is beautifully telling' Boston Globe

'Magic, intuition and folklore drawn from India, combined with a darker, contemporary tale that will resonate with anyone who has struggled with modern love, mores and parenthood' USA Today

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The prose is gorgeous. - Goodreads
Divakaruni's writing style is crisp and fluid. - Goodreads
From a plot standpoint, there is nothing new here. - Goodreads

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User Review  - vaishnavi joshi - Flipkart

great writing, an unbiased account on draupadi's normal self.cannot agree with the whole story as many versions of mahabharat are already engraved in our minds. as many people, so many mahabharat ... Read full review


User Review  - SHREYA SAHA - Flipkart

As I read it I could see it happening in front of my eyes.. its mesmerizing and I had a hard time putting it down without completing.. You get to know the whole Mahabharata, and though its from Draupadi's view point, its neutral. Must Buy :) Read full review

About the author (2008)

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s books include the bestselling novels The Mistress of Spices, Queen of Dreams and Sister of My Heart , the prizewinning story collections Arranged Marriage and The Unknown Errors of Our Lives, and the ‘Conch Bearer’ series for children. She teaches creative writing at the University of Houston and divides her time between Houston and the San Francisco Bay area.

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