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.
'A mythic tale brimming with warriors, magic and treachery' " Los Angeles Times "
'A radiant entree into an ancient mythology . . . Charming and remarkable' "Houston Chronicle"
'A woman's look at crime and punishment, loyalty, promises, love and vengeance . . . With "The Palace of Illusions," Divakaruni has proven that her storytelling talents put her right up there with the best' "Miami Herald"
|Title:||The Palace Of Illusions||Publisher:||Picador|
Palace of Illusions: It's the story of Mahabharata from Draupadi’s point of view. The book started very well. It talked about the childhood of Draupadi in very unusual and novel way; especially her relationship with her brother Dri (Dhristadryum) and Krishana. But after say some 100 pages the book lost its initial zest. It almost became a dragged and presumptuous narration of Mahabharata. The author lost herself with a few assumptions that she had made. e.g.- Draupadi feels very strongly for Karna. I mean even if that can be one of the many complex feelings in her heart. It should not become her life story I guess! And my biggest disappointment was with the fact that Draupadi’s relationship with her husbands is totally superficial. She is one woman who was officially married to 5 men. The book was a hope to understand what and why of her psyche in this regard. But as usual the story talked a few things about Arjuna, Bheema and Yudhisthira, but Nakul and Sahadev were hardly even mentioned. I mean it's ok if Vyaasa didn't mention them too much as he had too many characters to talk about. But if we are talking about story of Draupadi, should she not be talking about these two men who are supposedly her husbands!