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Twentieth Wife

Library Edition

By Indu Sundaresan

(10)

| Audio CD | 9780786170715

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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 obstacle Continue

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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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    充滿印度風情的一本小說,雖然以女性為出發觀點描寫印度社會,但不會太灰暗,其中女性所受到的不平等待遇,作者都輕描淡寫的帶過,反而凸顯了印度的另一種風貌,讓人有種窺探神秘國度的驚喜!!

    不過女主角在本書中,有自己的想法,但感受不出來她為印度帶來的改革,聽說下一本書才會有比較詳細的描寫,因此下本書也許才看得出全貌吧!!!

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    Ws0627 said on Aug 9, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    第一本有關印度歷史背景的小說,還私下查許多有關印度歷史的年代~

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    runa said on Oct 10, 2011 | Add your feedback

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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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    Nini said on May 26, 2011 | Add your feedback

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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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    Pin Hua Huang said on Apr 14, 2011 | Add your feedback

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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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    愛瞇 said on Mar 29, 2011 | Add your feedback

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