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The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh
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Mar 31, 10

it was amazing

I read this on a recommendation from someone because the author is bangladeshi. It gives some of the history of India/Britain/burma/malaysia over the course of 3 generations of families. It follows the british ousting of the Burmese royalty and forced exile in India and also a young boy who works on the rivers in southeast asia doing odd jobs. Their families become intertwined and are involved in teak harvesting, rubber plantations and the indian separatist movements.
Very interesting, as I don't know any of the history of that area--Burma had a very high standard of living, relative equality between men and women and high literacy rates up until the british came in and changed their economy into stripping the teak forests, sending them downriver and then planting rubber for world war II demands. It also highlighted all the Indian labor that basically did all the hard work for the british, including serving in their army to enslave other minorities.
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