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The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan

Monday, 17 September 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

Fiction: Historical. Paperback from Washington Square Press. Published in 2003. 416 pages. From PaperBackSwap

I saw this book recommended somewhere or another and decided to give it a read. I’m not familiar with the historical characters in the book, so I can’t comment on how accurate it may or may not be in that respect. As for the rest of it, I really did not enjoy it. The main male character was in no way likable and it was hard to have much respect for a heroine who was interested in him pretty much solely because of his position. If I’m remembering correctly, she decides she wants to marry him after glimpsing his face when she’s eight years old. And, to give her credit, she manages it, but not until after he’s already married to 19 other women and her first husband has died. The book is well written I think, but I just did not care for the story.

Publisher’s summary:
An enchanting historical epic of grand passion and adventure, this debut novel tells the captivating story of one of India’s most controversial empresses — a woman whose brilliance and determination trumped myriad obstacles, and whose love shaped the course of the Mughal Empire. Skillfully blending the textures of historical reality with the rich and sensual imaginings of a timeless fairy tale, The Twentieth Wife sweeps readers up in Mehrunnisa’s embattled love with Prince Salim, and in the bedazzling destiny of a woman — a legend in her own time — who was all but lost to history until now.

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