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Twentieth Wife

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Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks


Language:English | Number of Pages: | Format: Audio CD | In other languages: (other languages) Chi traditional

Isbn-10: 0786170719 | Isbn-13: 9780786170715 | Publish date:  | Edition MP3 Una

Also available as: Paperback , Audio Cassette , Hardcover , eBook

Category: Fiction & Literature , History

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Book Description

An enchanting seventeenth-century epic of grand passion and adventure, this debut novel tells the captivating story of one of India's most legendary and controversial empresses -- a woman whose brilliance and determination trumped myriad obstacles, and whose love shaped the course of the Mughal empire.

She came into the world in the year 1577, to the howling accompaniment of a ferocious winter storm. As the daughter of starving refugees fleeing violent persecution in Persia, her fateful birth in a roadside tent sparked a miraculous reversal of family fortune, culminating in her father's introduction to the court of Emperor Akbar. She is called Mehrunnisa, the Sun of Women. This is her story.

Growing up on the fringes of Emperor Akbar's opulent palace grounds, Mehrunnisa blossoms into a sapphire-eyed child blessed with a precocious intelligence, luminous beauty, and a powerful ambition far surpassing the bounds of her family's station. Mehrunnisa first encounters young Prince Salim on his wedding day. In that instant, even as a royal gala swirls around her in celebration of the future emperor's first marriage, Mehrunnisa foresees the path of her own destiny. One day, she decides with uncompromising surety, she too will become Salim's wife. She is all of eight years old -- and wholly unaware of the great price she and her family will pay for this dream.

Skillfully blending the textures of historical reality with the rich and sensuous imaginings of a timeless fairy tale, The Twentieth Wife sweeps readers up in the emotional pageant of Salim and Mehrunnisa's embattled love. First-time novelist Indu Sundaresan charts her heroine's enthralling journey across the years, from an ill-fated first marriage through motherhood and into a dangerous maze of power struggles and political machinations. Through it all, Mehrunnisa and Salim long with fiery intensity for the true, redemptive love they've never known -- and their mutual quest ultimately takes them, and the vast empire that hangs in the balance, to places they never dreamed possible.

Shot through with wonder and suspense, The Twentieth Wife is at once a fascinating portrait of one woman's convention-defying life behind the veil and a transporting saga of the astonishing potency of love.

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    Wonderful descriptive writing- full of vivid details. So many details about the surroundings, settings and the history of the times that the characters lack a bit of depth.... But I enjoyed the story and will read the sequel.

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    看完的第一個感覺 女主角做風很強硬呢! 想要就要 即使有些挫折 而女主角第一任老公超令我討厭!!!!! 不過看得自己很興奮 我自己也不知道為什麼 可能看著厚宮女人們的站別有意番風味吧? 是說我也是女的... 看女生和女生自相殘殺... 真的很有點感慨

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    記得曾經借過這本書,上次只看一點點~就興趣缺缺的還了回去。 再一次又借了不一樣的版本,卻可以耐著性子把書看完,或許看書也是要看時間的啊~~

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    至於女主角在當上皇后後,如何成為歷史上了不起的女人,應該會在第二部的 ...continue

    以印度歷史為背景的小說,女主角是蒙兀兒王朝皇帝賈汗季的第20個也是最後一位妻子,後來成為大權在握、歷史留名的皇后-努爾.賈汗,在女性地位不彰的十六世紀印度,無疑是個異數。 本書從女主角的出生開始寫起,到結尾終於如願嫁給賈汗季成為皇后,有一部份寫到皇宮內廷的權位爭鬥,但是看過二月河寫康雍乾三朝的歷史小說後,這本書裏對宮廷鬥爭的著墨大概只有中學程度,重點大抵是群臣很喜歡鼓動印度王子造反,推翻老爸好讓自己早點登基,所以同樣的戲碼演了祖孫三代也不厭倦,另外對兒女情長的描寫也不少,是個融合印度歷史與浪漫奇情,很有異國風味的作品。 至於女主角在當上皇后後,如何成為歷史上了不起的女人,應該會在第二部的「玫瑰盛宴」裏交待吧。 另一個心得是,依照書裏的描寫,金銀珠寶多如流水的印度皇室,真是有錢啊!

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