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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Palace of Illusions

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The Palace of Illusions is an award winning novel penned by famous novelist Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. The book is a rendition of the Hindu Epic Mahabharata from Draupadi’s (Panchaali’s) point of view. Writer elaborates the Mahabharata with modern twist as it narrates the story from the perspective of Draupadi. The story takes us to a world that includes half-history, half-myth and full magic. The novel is a completely human novel about a woman born in this patriarchal society, the world full of agony and the ever manipulating hands of destiny.

27 reviews for The Palace of Illusions

  1. Pratik Saha (Verified Purchase)

    I love the idea underpinning this novel: to retell part of the Mahabharat from the perspective of one of the women (specifically Panchaali). Indeed my greatest delight in this book was the insight it provided into the Mahabharat, a work that was already on my reading list, and is now considerably higher on that list.

  2. Pravakar Das (Verified Purchase)

    A well written book of the Mahabharata that bringgs back all the accumulated memories of this wonderful tale and adds new points of view.It leaves one again amazed at the breadth and detail of this story. Being an Indian matters as this story or at least some parts of it are part of the fiber that makes most of us Indian.

  3. Jeevan Ranjan (Verified Purchase)

    Not a historically accurate book. Most is made up garbage by another leftist.

  4. Rehana Khan (Verified Purchase)

    This book is written from the view of Draupati. Being married to 5 men she has narrated her feelings her joys and sorrows very well. One thing which I felt as a disadvantage of this book is, this book has so many new words which is difficult for beginners like me. Other than that it’s an epic.

  5. SOUMYADEEP MODAK (Verified Purchase)

    I have to say, this is quite a novel. There are magical weapons, conflict, lust, jealousy, anger, but also heroism, justice, and most of all, love. While I was already familiar with the story, there were enough new elements there to keep the tale fresh and revealing. And Draupadi is quite different than just about any other princess in literature

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