The palace of illusions a novel
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Book Review-- Palace of Illusions -- Mahabharat from Draupadi's view point--
Through her narrator Panchaali, the wife of the legendary five Pandavas brothers, Divakaruni gives us a rare feminist interpretation of an epic story. Panchaali is a fiery female voice in a world of warriors, gods, and ever-manipulating hands of fate. Whether or not readers are familiar with the Mahabharat epic, they will enjoy this entertaining, insightful and suspenseful story.
Palace of Illusions (2008)
It was released by Picador. The novel is a rendition of the Hindu epic Mahabharata as told from Draupadi 's Panchaali's viewpoint, namely, that of a woman living in a patriarchal world. As Booklist summarizes the plot, "Smart, resilient, and courageous Panchaali, born of fire, marries all five of the famously heroic Pandava brothers, harbors a secret love, endures a long exile in the wilderness, instigates a catastrophic war, and slowly learns the truth about Krishna, her mysterious friend. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The 'mysterious woman' style of narration is unmistakably Divakaruni's. Buffalo and Erie County Public Library.
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Dhai Ma says that voices spoke from the fire just before Dhri and Panchaali stepped from it. Given that this narrative is a retelling of the ancient Indian epic, do you read these events as literal or symbolic? How would you describe the reality and the illusions being portrayed in the tale? How does the prediction that Panchaali will change the course of history influence her character as she matures? Were there predictions made by family or friends early in your life about your future? If so, how did they affect your choices as you grew up?