In Indu Sundaresan’s lush historical romance, The Twentieth Wife, we read of Mumtaz Mahal’s aunt, Mehrunnisa, a woman known to Indian history as Nur. Indu Sundaresan is an Indian-American author of historical fiction. Contents. 1 Career; 2 Personal; 3 Awards; 4 Works; 5 References; 6 External links. Career[ edit]. Her first novel The Twentieth Wife is about how a young widow named. Written by Indu Sundaresan Unfortunately, The Twentieth Wife is less than enthralling, for although its subjects are fascinating people, its setting is exotic, and.

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You can almost smell the flowers in the Indian gardens In 17th century India, when women were behind veil and supposed to be in the background, Mehrunnisa offers sound political sundaresna to her first husband and then later to Jahangir. Shadow Princess The Feast of Roses.

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Mehrunnisa got the best possible education, including a mastery of the Arabic and Persian languages. After all, she is not only beautiful but spirited! May 04, Debbie rated it it was amazing. Mehunrissa, the girl that will eventually become the twentieth wife of Jahangir, the fourth Mughal Emperor, is infatuated from the age of eight with Prince Salim, as he is also called. But after all is said and done, he does become emperor and — get this — proves to be a strong, responsible ruler.

My Chinese review for the first two books: Indu Sundaresan is an Indian-American author of historical fiction.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Then a prince, Jahangir was likewise enamored with her, qife at seventeen she was married off to a soldier named Ali Quli as a sign of favor from the Emperor. She came into the world in the yearto the howling accompaniment o 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 Sundraesan empire.


Books of the Week. The history of Nur Jahan is cluttered with legend, gossip and twenttieth. As such, the writer who wishes to create a novel about this formidable woman has a daunting task: Click here to learn twentieeth about this month’s sponsor! It has all the same basic elements: But Mehrunnissa is beautiful and destined for great things.

With wife 2 thus judged, wife 1 being milquetoast material, and the other wives safely glossed over, the reader can safely, in the appropriate literary way, indulge a malicious glee in seeing aife 2 get her comeuppance we are even supposed to be happy that wife 2’s son was taken away. Tell me the story, cut out the unnecessary minutes of what went on in court each day, and cut to the chase. She is also the author of The Splendor of Silencehistorical fiction set in a fictional Indian princely state just before Indian independence in To me, it was a dressed-up Harlequin and not a particularly twentietj one.

I’ve stopped caring whether she meets this Prince not so Charming or not. As things seem they could get no worse, another child is born into his family.

This is a hard task for a writer. It is more like twenrieth data twisted in apprehensive kind of way to keep the story flowing. The descriptions are detailed but sometime this detailing brings monotony in reading. Washington State Book Award I fell in love from the first page.

Not a favorite genre for me. The trouble with this fairytale is the main character. She was born and raised in India as a daughter of an Indian Air Force pilot, [3] who died in a crash while on duty. View Full Version of PW. She transcends from a child in a poor family, who cannot afford to feed her, to one of the most powerful women I am amazed at the kind of research that must have been put in to write this kind of work.


THE TWENTIETH WIFE by Indu Sundaresan | Kirkus Reviews

In this case, women. Salim reached out and pulled her veil from her head.

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. He later realizes his folly and apologizes to Akbar. The author neatly builds the character Mehrunisa, very neatly that there were no heroic strings attached to her characterization, no super powers, nothing extraordinary!

Over the years, I still had beautiful images from the book playing in twejtieth head. Literary genres are static, as are society’s ideas of “great women. However, the book does really flow. Came to know that in a ‘zenana’ of few hundred wives and concubines, she was the soulmate of Jahangir and even ruled over the kindgom in his name. Her only act of bravery has been to smile through her emotional pain, and let’s not fault her that.

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