Search Results: "Indu Sundaresan"


BOOK REVIEW

IN THE CONVENT OF LITTLE FLOWERS by Indu Sundaresan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 16, 2008

"Best at its most brutal, the shocking imagery saves this often overwritten collection from succumbing to immigrant clichés so common in contemporary South Asian fiction."
Sundaresan (The Splendor of Silence, 2007, etc.) returns to short stories to chronicle the often extreme changes in contemporary Indian society. Read full book review >

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SHADOW PRINCESS by Indu Sundaresan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2010

"A mine of fabulous detail on the daily lives of the Mughal emperors, but fiction requires a more powerful engine than this stolid chronology packed with names, background and sidebars."
When a beloved empress dies, her heartbroken husband builds her a tomb called the Taj Mahal, while her children jostle for power and partners. Read full book review >

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THE TWENTIETH WIFE by Indu Sundaresan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The great love at the heart of the story, which became the stuff of legends, unfortunately gets lost in the heat of battle and history."
Lustily detailed life in another time—the Mughal Empire of early-17th-century India—sluggishly chronicles the long, convoluted path of a love affair between an emperor and a courtier's daughter. Read full book review >

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THE MOUNTAIN OF LIGHT by Indu Sundaresan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Regrettably, mountains of unnecessary detail and disorganization obscure what might have been an intriguing saga."
Sundaresan (The Shadow Princess, 2010, etc.), author of previous novels about India, produces a 19th-century saga about British colonialism, Indian nationalism, and the transfer of a symbol of power from the hands of one monarch to the next. Read full book review >