Book Reviews of The Twentieth Wife

The Twentieth Wife
The Twentieth Wife
Author: Indu Sundaresan
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ISBN-13: 9780743428187
ISBN-10: 0743428188
Pages: 416
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 113 ratings
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
Lush, exotic account of 17th century India...a love story based on fact. This would count as the best kind of historical fiction.
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Helpful Score: 4
Very, very enjoyable read about the palace hierarchy and a woman's struggle for meaning within it.
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Helpful Score: 2
tells the captivating story of one of India's most controversial empresses - a woman whose brilliance,determination and love shaped the course of the Mughal Empire.
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Helpful Score: 2
I LOVED this book. I loved it so much that I was sad when I finished it. I look forward to reading the sequel. The book is rich and beautifully written. I won't repeat the plot, because that's easy enough to find, but I just wanted to say that I truly enjoyed reading this book.
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Helpful Score: 2
Pretty interesting - I thought this was going to be a difficult read, but the author does a good job of incorporating foreign words into the story so you can figure out what they are on your own (if you're like me and did not realize there was a glossary at the back of the book!) Interesting to know that, although this is a work of fiction, the characters in this book actually did exist. Even if you are not familiar with the culture and history, I think this will still be an enjoyable read.
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Helpful Score: 2
A wonderful historical novel about an ancient Indian empress - the woman who was so loved by an emperor that he constructed the Taj Mahal in her honor.
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Helpful Score: 2
I personally did not like this story. In my opinion, the man she wanted had no redeeming qualities whatsoever: he drank excessively, enjoyed the company of his concubines, couldn't carry on much of a conversation, and seemed to like the main character simply for her beauty.

Yuck!! This was one of my least favorite stories.
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Helpful Score: 1
A vivid and enchanting read that sweeps you back into 17th century India.
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Helpful Score: 1
Historical Fiction--Very Interesting view of a time and persons not commonly available to english speaking readers. A gifted storyteller.
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Helpful Score: 1
I found this book hard to get into at first. I think it was the constant use of words that had to be looked up in the extensive glossary that made it difficult for me to get really immersed into the story from the start. However, once I got used to that, I did enjoy the book very much. It tells the story of Mehrunnisa, her love for the Emperor, and the struggles during her life to end up with her love. I have had the sequel on my WL for awhile as well, and am now looking forward to reading it to continue this story. If you are at all interested in India culture, and enjoy a love story, I'd recommend this book.
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Fantastic book, engrossing till the very end!
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Great narrative and interesting historical/cultural perspectives are illuminated in this book, which is, however, counterbalanced by some pretty overt feminine subservience masked in a story that is supposed to be about an independent, powerful woman.
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I greatly enjoyed the first 1/3 of this book, but then felt it lost its voice. It picked up again towards the end but I felt it never regained the strong characters created in the beginning. An interesting story, nonetheless, and worth reading just for the different setting.
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Take a step back in time to a world most of us could never imagine. Great read and interesting bit of history and setting.
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I must say I loved this book. My mom and friends are waiting to read it too.
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Historical fiction - realistic tale of a family that has immigrated to India
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SOOOOO good! I wanted to read the sequel right away!!!!
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Great read..
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I read this book on the recommendation of a lot of people and because the historical characters and the time period in history are so interesting. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy it. The book seemed to be geared towards presenting the worst and most negative aspects of the Moghul empire. While many of these things did occur, a lot of positive also came from those same historical figures and from that time period. The positives were either not brought out or just mentioned in passing without any presentation of the impact they had. The negatives unfortunately were highlighted and repeated in so many ways. While it was not necessary to present an inordinately positive image, it would have been nice to see some balance.