Beneath A Marble Sky

Beneath A Marble Sky

Large Print - 2010
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In 1632, the Emperor of Hindustan, consumed by grief over the death of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, ordered the building of a grand mausoleum to symbolize the greatness of their love. Against scenes of unimaginable wealth and power, there were murderous sibling rivalries and cruel despotism. In Beneath a Marble Sky, Princess Jahanara tells the story of how the Taj Mahal came to be, and describes her own life as an agent in its creation and as a witness to the fateful events surrounding its completion. As a princess and a mother, a sister and a daughter, Jaharana faces impossible choices and discovers the real meaning of her regal birthright.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Publishing, 2010.
Edition: Center Point Large Print edition.
ISBN: 9781602858169
Characteristics: 535 pages (large print) ;,23 cm.


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radha612 Sep 11, 2012

An interesting read that depicts the life of a Mughal princess.

Although the descriptions and the storyline are very vivid, it definitely feels like a far fetched historical fiction novel. The freedoms and voice of the Indian Princess come across as more of a high ranking noble woman in England.

Sarlesic Aug 08, 2011

AMAZING READ!! This book sparked my love for Hinduism and makes me want to visit the Taj Mahal. The love stories in this book are so beautiful and complex. The character of Ian was my least favorite though. He was too happy and content with life, didn't show as much emotion and seemed see though, when the other characters didn't. I wish the all the children that the mother had were explained because you only knew of a few.

snowbird922 Aug 01, 2011

Beautifully written Shors captures us with Jahanara’s sense of duty and love for her family. I was actually surprised at how perceptive he was to the female’s point of view on how far a woman would go to protect and honor those she loves. This book although fiction hit home for me on many of my own beliefs and I enjoyed immensely going through the motions as Jahanara was faced with her most difficult decisions. I think this is the perfect book for a readers club.

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