The Peacock Throne

The Peacock Throne

Book - 2007
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October 31, 1984 begins like any other day for Gopal Pandey as he sets up his tea stall in a lane off Chandni Chowk - the most magnificent and crowded street in all Delhi. At its head lies Red Fort, once the home of the gem-encrusted Peacock Throne, symbol of the Mughal Empire's dazzling might, and of its downfall. By the end of the day, Indira Gandhi has been assassinated, violent riots have erupted and Gopal is the bemused possessor of a large sum of money. Fourteen turbulent years and four dramatic turning points in Indian history later, this illiterate, bumbling man stands on the verge of immense political power. Gopal's unlikely journey is a tale of accidents, scheming, murder and tragedy, religious and political rivalries, corruption and hubris. Irreverent, farcical and as enlightening as it is entertaining, THE PEACOCK THRONE is a novel of breathtaking scope and reach, which looks deep into the heart of human nature and into the soul of modern India.
Publisher: London : Sceptre, c2007.
ISBN: 9780340899694
Branch Call Number: SAR
Characteristics: 754 p. : map.


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Jan 30, 2016

Reads like a literature book - very rich and not a book you could gloss over. Well written, with lots of characters that were hard to keep track of in the beginning. But as the story unfolds, these characters become real people. Very evocative of the trip I made to India and that probably added to the enjoyment. But I had to renew the book twice to finish it...just a warning...:-) I did enjoy it.

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