Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Publisher: Picador India
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780330458535
"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"
Simple, lucid, each word carefully considered as the heroine unfolds the different layers of the Mahabharat through conversations, stories and dreams.
--- India Today
Narrated by Panchaali, the wife of the five pandava brothers, The Palace of Illusions finally gives a women’s take on the timeless tale that is the Mahabharat. 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 her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands’ most dangerous enemy – it’s a deeply human story about a woman born into a man’s world.
Read this poignantly told book for yourself. You won’t stand to hear Draupadi called a kritya even again
--- Hindustan Times
Divakaruni gives us a racy and romantic tale, the story of not just Draupadi and the god Krishna, but also of the most tragic hero in the wide whole – karna
--- Shekhar Kapur