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The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan
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May 20, 2008

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bookshelves: historical-fiction, multi-cultural, india
Read in May, 2008

Interesting story, but not particularly well written. The author definitely did her homework - her research was exhaustive. I kept getting bogged down trying to keep names of characters straight, and then it felt as though she couldn't make up her mind if she was writing a love story or a history book, and from who's perspective she was writing.

All that being said, I did feel I learned something of the history of the time in India that immediately preceeded the building of the Taj Mahal, (which was well told in the book Beneath a Marble Sky). Mehrunissa, the "twentieth wife" was the aunt of Mumtaz Mahal, who was the inspiration for the Taj Mahal.
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