Beneath A Marble Sky

Beneath A Marble Sky

A Love Story

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Penguin Putnam

Journey to dazzling seventeenth-century Hindustan, where the reigning emperor, consumed with grief over the tragic death of his beloved wife, commissioned the building of a grand mausoleum as a testament to the marvel of their love. This monument would soon become known as the Taj Mahal—a sight famous around the world for its beauty and the emotions it symbolizes.

Princess Jahanara, the courageous daughter of the emperor and his wife, recounts their mesmerizing tale, while sharing her own parallel story of forbidden love with the celebrated architect of the Taj Mahal. Set during a time of unimaginable wealth and power, murderous sibling rivalries, and cruel despotism, this impressive novel sweeps you away to a historical Hindustan brimming with action and intrigue in an era when, alongside the brutalities of war and oppression, architecture and the art of love and passion reached a pinnacle of perfection.

Baker & Taylor
In seventeenth-century Hindustan, the reigning emperor, grieving over the death of his beloved wife, commissions the construction of the Taj Mahal as a monument to their lasting relationship, in an account narrated by Princess Jahanara, the couple's daughter, who embarks on a love affair with the architect of the landmark. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : New American Library, 2004
ISBN: 9780451218469
Branch Call Number: FICTION SHORS
Characteristics: 344 p. ; 22 cm


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Jul 09, 2019

Real page turner. The story has a lot of twist and turns, and you never knew quite what would happen. Have not read anything set during this period before, but I really liked it. It was good to mix things up.

radha612 Sep 11, 2012

An interesting read that depicts the life of a Mughal princess.

Although the descriptions and the storyline are very vivid, it definitely feels like a far fetched historical fiction novel. The freedoms and voice of the Indian Princess come across as more of a high ranking noble woman in England.

Sarlesic Aug 08, 2011

AMAZING READ!! This book sparked my love for Hinduism and makes me want to visit the Taj Mahal. The love stories in this book are so beautiful and complex. The character of Ian was my least favorite though. He was too happy and content with life, didn't show as much emotion and seemed see though, when the other characters didn't. I wish the all the children that the mother had were explained because you only knew of a few.

snowbird922 Aug 01, 2011

Beautifully written Shors captures us with Jahanara’s sense of duty and love for her family. I was actually surprised at how perceptive he was to the female’s point of view on how far a woman would go to protect and honor those she loves. This book although fiction hit home for me on many of my own beliefs and I enjoyed immensely going through the motions as Jahanara was faced with her most difficult decisions. I think this is the perfect book for a readers club.


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