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Beneath a Marble Sky
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 813.6
Format: Bargain Price
Label: NAL Trade
Manufacturer: NAL Trade
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 368
Publication Date: 2006-06-06
Publisher: NAL Trade
Studio: NAL Trade

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In 1632, the Emperor of Hindustan, Shah Jahan, overwhelmed with grief over the death of his beloved wife, Mumatz Mahal, commissioned the building of a grand mausoleum to symbolize the greatness of their love. The story surrounding the construction of the Taj Mahal occurs, however, against a scrim of fratricidal war, murderous rebellion, unimaginable wealth, and, not least of all, religious fundamentalism ruthlessly opposing tolerance and coexistence between the disparate peoples in the empire.

At that time, Hindustan comprised all of modern Pakistan and Kashmir, most of eastern Afghanistan, and two-thirds of the Indian subcontinent (roughly north of Bombay to the Himalayas).

Beneath a Marble Sky—narrated by Princess Jahanara, eldest daughter of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal—recounts their story, and her own as well, a parallel tale of forbidden love enduring censure and extreme deprivations. Beneath a Marble Sky brims with action and intrigue befitting an epic era when, alongside continuous war, architecture and its attendant arts reached a pinnacle of perfection.

In a splendid debut, John Shors has crafted an immensely readable and well-researched historical novel of surprisingly contemporary relevance.


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Summary: Loved It
Comment: Beneath a Marble Sky is a beautifully written, even if it is fanciful, history of the building of the Taj Mahal. the prose is so poetic that you feel it. Loved the book!

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Summary: More architecture, please!!
Comment: A rather disappointing love story, more about violence and war than a true love story. I had hoped to learn more about the building of this beautiful building, but got war and family feud. A love story written by a man...give me more love, not war. Had wanted to recommend this book for my book club selection, but lost interest in the story itself, and will not recommend it.

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Summary: A wondrous tale of love
Comment: I have long dreamed of seeing the Taj Mahal for myself. This story brought the monument and life in those times to life. Beneath a Marble Sky is a wonderfully crafted novel. John Shors bring the characters to life with such depth and realism. I felt their joy, their pain, their love and their grief as if it were my own. Now more than ever I long to see this for myself. A must read written by a truly talented author.

Linda C. Wright
Author, One Clown Short
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Summary: Superb Storytelling!
Comment: I can't say I've ever been interested in the Taj Mahal or anything related to it but this book was so smoothly and superbly told that it captured me right from the beginning. I was enthralled through the entire book and had a hard time putting it down. Books rarely ever really make me cry or laugh and this one did both repeatedly. I want there to be more from this author - I don't care the subject... if he wrote a book about lint, I'd read it because this one was just fantastic.

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Summary: Great plot, but where's the character development?
Comment: I agree with the reviewer who said the characters were either the essence of goodness or vile and evil. Yes, the book is a great page turner and the plot is intricate and interesting, but without dimension to the characters, it's not a memorable novel. I'm surprised by all the praise being thrown around, frankly. Maybe I just need character driven fiction to make reading worth my while--for a good yarn with no depth, I'd rather watch TV.


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