Skillfully blending the textures of historical reality with the rich and sensual imaginings of a timeless fairy tale, The Twentieth Wife sweeps listeners up in Mehrunnisa's embattled love with Prince Salim - and in the bedazzling destiny of a woman, a legend in her own time, who was all but lost to history until now.
©2002 Indu Sundaresan; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"Sundaresan writes in the great tradition of the Indian epic, an art she carries forward with grace and brilliance....This is a remarkably readable book despite the historical basis, with which many readers will not be familiar." (Library Journal)
"Sundaresan's debut is a sweeping, carefully researched tale of desire, sexual mores, and political treachery set against the backdrop of 16th- and 17th-century India....[She] charts the chronology of the Mughal Empire, describing life in the royal court in convincing detail and employing authentic period terms throughout." (Publishers Weekly)
based on other reviews I used my credit to purchase. The narrator was excellent. The storyline was slow and long for me and the historical romance I expected wasn't captivating or very interesting.
Wonderfully written historical love story and superb narration. I am going to listen to it again and purchase the squeal. I normally do not like love stories, but this one was truly unique.
The author conjures up the Mughal Empire with skill and feeling, a period story woven through an individual narrative, the best way to enjoy history. The narrator is outstanding -- a factor that can't be underrated.
I really enjoyed this audio. It was a well told and well read story with well developed characters, story line and great description. Highly recommended.
Overall, this was an enjoyable listen--but perhaps a bit long for the content. (Of course, there's also a sequel now!)
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