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Beneath a Marble Sky

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Beautiful and breathtaking!

Since Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha and Tracy Chevalier's Girl With a Pearl Earring, I have been on a constant search for a romantic historical novel written with depth, poetic language, a female protagonist, and an antropologic view of a foreign society. This epi...
Since Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha and Tracy Chevalier's Girl With a Pearl Earring, I have been on a constant search for a romantic historical novel written with depth, poetic language, a female protagonist, and an antropologic view of a foreign society. This epic novel exceeds expectations in all of the categories - when I finished it, I felt as if the character development was flawless, non-cliche and I learned [although this is not a textbook in any way] a lot about 1600's Indian society. This book is outstanding. STRONGLY recommended.

posted by Anonymous on April 6, 2007

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Good fiction reading but short on facts

Shors has done a good job of the storyline though some parts of his depitcion are flawed. The depiction of some of the women characters is inaccurate and shows a lack of understanding of the workings of the Mughal court. Women irrespective of their influence on the Empe...
Shors has done a good job of the storyline though some parts of his depitcion are flawed. The depiction of some of the women characters is inaccurate and shows a lack of understanding of the workings of the Mughal court. Women irrespective of their influence on the Emperors had to remain in the Zenana and they were never seen by the court or public. Shors in the initial chapters of the book writes about Mumtaz Mahal walking by like a 20th/21st. century Executive offering her opinions in the court as if it was a boardroom. In reality, if she did have an opinion, the most she could have done was to share it with the Emperor in private. Shores seems to forget at different times in his novel that he is wrting about royals in the 16th./17th century, not a modern saga. On the whole an interesting read if you ignore the inaccuracies or are not familiar with Indian History. Shores needs to synch up with MR. William Darymple to get some help in reseatching his facts for his next novel.

posted by Anonymous on August 20, 2007

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    Why are people rating this one 5 stars? I found it totally pred

    Why are people rating this one 5 stars? I found it totally predictable and preposterous. The characters and plot seem to have been lifted from a far better story, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. You can clearly see how the author set up the story for a sequel, which is fine as he is in the business of selling books. I was just not impressed.

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  • Posted April 20, 2010

    Nice story, bad writing

    Beyond the sweeping storyline in this girl-overcomes-obstacles-to-find-true-love story, there really isn't much to it. The writing is plain and unremarkable, and one is left feeling somewhat distanced from the characters. A little like reading a book written for tweens, "Beneath A Marble Sky" kept dragging on, with the protagonist meeting one seemingly unsurmountable obstacle after another. But of course she always comes out on top. Because it wouldn't be a sweeping epic if she didn't.

    I didn't like this book because the writing style was so juvenile. It made it very hard to get into the plot because I was too busy reading the same "big" words again and again. I may try reading another of Shors' books, to see if I read the bad apple first, but in general I would not recommend this book.

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