Sunday, April 30, 2006

Readings: The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh

The thread of a family in the course of the last century displayed on the background of the history of India, Burma and Malaya during the last period of colonialism and after. Interested as I am in history as well as in cultural anthropology, this has been a truly amazing reading - an outstanding book.
About half a year ago I read an other book by the same author: In an Antiqe Land. Centered on Cairo and Northern Egypt it gives a picture of the world at another time: what was life like between India and the Straits of Gibraltar some 600 to 800 years ago, i.e. before colonialism set in at about AD 1500. Maybe it also gives you some clue about islam nowadays and about western politics in the Near East today. This book is truly outstanding.

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