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The Feast of Roses

Lu par : Sneha Mathan
Série : The Taj Mahal Trilogy, Volume 2
Durée : 17 h et 43 min
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In her critically praised debut novel, The 20th Wife, Indu Sundaresan introduced the love story of Emperor Jahangir and Mehrunnisa. The story continues in this lush sequel, when Mehrunnisa comes into Jahangir's harem as his 20th and final wife. This time, Jahangir has married for love, and members of his court are worried that Mehrunnisa could exert control over their futures. Their concerns are well founded.

Despite the rivalry of the imperial harem, which has plotted against her from the beginning, Mehrunnisa soon becomes the most powerful woman in the Mughal Empire. She rules from behind the veil, securing her status by forming a junta of sorts with her father, brother, and stepson and by risking all, even her daughter, to get what she wants. But she never loses the love of the man who has bestowed this power upon her.

©2003 Indu Sundaresan (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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"Weaving another rich historical tapestry...Sundaresan colors the life of a fascinating woman whose female wiles inspired the Taj Mahal." ( Booklist)
"The novel's scope and ambition are impressive, as are the numerous period details....Readers who enjoyed the first volume will find similar pleasures tracking the fate of one of history's most intriguing women." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Sundaresan's love of storytelling is apparent in this well-researched historical romance. She makes sure that the reader stays enthralled from chapter to chapter and, with this sequel, will surely do the same in creating anticipation for her next book." ( Library Journal)

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  • Pamela
  • 29/05/2007

Gold Medal Finalist

Another magnificent masterpiece created by Indu Sundaresan with outstanding narration that I loved from beginning to end. The writer's creative technique and the narrator's superb presentation brings ancient India to the 21st century for both history buffs and those not so historically inclined. Every character and event is vividly depicted with grand literary performance and dialogue. The Twentieth Wife is a must read in order to grasp the potency and familiarity with all the amazing characters, and unlike most novel sequels, The Feast of the Roses will not disappoint! Sundaresan certainly raised the bar with these outstanding works of sheer enjoyment so its going to be pretty hard for me to find another author that comes close to measuring up!

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  • Jersey Girl
  • 06/12/2009

Perhaps too sympathetic, but a great love story

I listened to and loved The Twentieth Wife and bought this title with my very next credit. It is the sequel which takes the story of Empress Nur Jahan from her marriage to Jahangir to the time of his death. Sundaresan is very sympathetic towards both, tempering Nur Jahan's ambition, and emphasizing her romantic love for her husband. While the passion shared between the two was legendary, I have learned that most historical accounts emphasize her tendency to be manipulative and harsh and suggest that she took advantage of her husband's addictions to drugs and alcohol. Here she seems to be valiantly struggling to be her own person in a man's world. I personally liked this softer interpretation. It is a great love story, but I question the historical accuracy of its anachronistic feminist overtones.

The narrator is very good. There are perhaps a few too many descriptions of the oppressive heat, street life, and meals. Overall, however, the author provides a fascinating account of Indian politics and history of the seventeenth century and the strategies used to deal with increasingly intrusive Portuguese and British merchants and missionaries. Nur Jahan, by the way, was the aunt of the woman for whom the Taj Majal was built.

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  • Diane
  • 27/01/2010

Lots of Historical Detail & not enough story

I listened to the first book and this is the sequel to it. I enjoyed the first one, The 20th wife, more. It had more "story" to it. Truly, with this one, I felt as if the author was just repeating history she had researched from the very extensive journals of India's moguls. It just spouted off facts about battles for power until finally, I couldn't finish it. I really wanted to as I felt committed to the two books but I couldn't take the boredom any longer. Kept hoping it would pick up but it didn't. I will say, though, that is this narrator is SUPERB.

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  • Michael
  • 29/12/2008

A suprise like!

I very much enjoy historical fiction, but being a guy I'm not an into the romatic variety! This story along with the first book (The Twentieth Wife) does what good story's do ... they put you into that time and place. I also liked the fact that this strong female character earned her position - in a male dominated world that could not understand how love can make us a stronger, better person, not weaker.
Also, Mughal India with its wealth, intelligence, and corruption will fascinate you. These two books are both beautiful and fascinating and well worth the listen. I originally got these books for my wife to listen too, but I think I enjoyed them as much, if not more than she did!
The Narrator Sneha Mathan does a wonderful job.

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  • S. Lev-Ami
  • 26/12/2008

Completing the Story of Nur Jahan

I suggest listening to "The Twentieth Wife" first, as this picks up where the previous book ends. Nur Jahan, historically, has been overshadowed by her niece, Mumtaz Mahal, but was actually much more interesting as a person. Snetha Mathan is a very good reader, but the production needs considerable improvement, as the editing is very sloppy, with many repeated sentences. Nevertheless, I recommend this for anyone who enjoys a good historical novel.

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  • Wyonia
  • 17/10/2008

Wonderful Writing, Plot AND Presentation

I can't say enough about this reader; I wish she had more performances. She is perfect for this book (and the other in the series), which is beautifully written.

A joy to listen to!

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  • SavvyK
  • 03/02/2016

Most beautiful narrator voice I have ever heard

Truly an amazing sweeping epic novel, most beautifully written and splendidly visual. The narrator's voice is the most eloquent elegant perfect English I've ever heard.

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  • Bookoholics Anon
  • 15/04/2010

Fascination history of Mughal India

This author has a great skill writing battle scenes and creating lush images of Mughal India. Her novels start slowly, but they always gather speed and intensity. Only the epilogue seemed a bit flat. The narration is beautiful. I enjoyed every minute.

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  • Cindee
  • 24/09/2020

India’s History

I did not really know what I was getting into when I started listening to “The Twentieth Wife” & at the end of that book was when I found out it was a trilogy. I enjoyed the narrator so much as well as the story and really appreciated the explanation at the end of the book how this aligned with India’s true history. I can’t wait to download the next book. I have learned so many fascinating facts I would have never known otherwise.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05/07/2020

Poor storyline, poor character development

This story is set against a magnificent backdrop in historical India. Unfortunately, the writer could not succeed in bringing the historical facts to us woven into the tapestry of a spellbinding story. I struggled to listen through the book and ended up not finishing it and feeling averse to any attempt to finish it. I didnt identify with, or care about any of the characters, it is as if it was a documentary of some sorts. It starts off well, but eventually the reader is dragged along n desert of historical events that are not well-integrated into a story line. The narrator was excellent, but a good performer still needs a good story. I'm sorry to give a bad review, and I feel bad for the writer - she should fire her publisher for not intervening and recommending more story and less histroy. Such a pity

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  • S. Donovan
  • 19/11/2014

Eine Traumreise in das Indien der Mogul Kaiser

Was hat Ihnen am allerbesten an The Feast of Roses gefallen?

Ich habe dieses Hörbuch nun bereits das 2. Mal gehört und bin jedes Mal wieder fasziniert - ich habe auch das erste Buch dieser Serie "The Twentieth Wife" und bin dieser so wunderbar erzählten Geschichte der Mogul Dynastie im Indien des 16. Jahrhunderts geradezu verfallen.

Indu Sundaresan schafft es einen so nah an die Figuren heran zu bringen, dass man meint neben ihnen zu stehen und ihr Leben live mitzuverfolgen. Die Lebengeschichte der Tochter eines persischen Einwanderers namens Mehrunissa, die zur legendären Mogul Kaiserin "Noor Jahan" wird, fesselt einen von der ersten bis zur letzten Minute. Man fiebert, bangt, fühlt und intregiert mit ihr - man meint sie zu kennen wie eine gute Freundin und man hat nie das Gefühl, dass einem hier nur eine Geschichte vorgelesen wird - man ist mitten drin im Geschehen! So etwas habe ich bei einem Hörbuch wirklich selten erlebt.

Nicht zuletzt ist dies auch der wundbaren Sprecherein Sneha Mathan zu verdanken, die über ein sehr großes schauspielerisches Talent verfügt, und es in der Tat schafft, für jeden Protagonisten eine eigene Stimme zu vergeben. Sie spricht diese Rollen stets mit anderer Stimmlage, in einem so entzückenden Englisch mit indischen Akzent, dass es wirklich eine wahre Freude ist ihr zuzuhören. Die Figuren beginnen durch ihre Stimme zu leben und man meint, die jeweilige Persönlichkeit der einzelnen Figuren greifen zu können. Zudem finde ich es auch wunderbar, dass sie die indischen Wörter korrekt aussprechen kann, was den Zauber der Geschichte für mich noch erhöht.

Verstehen Sie mich aber nicht falsch - Sneha Mathan spricht nicht den gesamten Text mit indischem Akzent. Nur bei den jeweiligen Figuren läßt sie es mal mehr und mal weniger mit einfließen. Den Rest der Geschichte spricht sie in einem reinen Oxford English OHNE Akzent, und ihre Stimme klingt so ruhig und angenehm, dass man sich von ihr sofort in eine völlig andere Welt entführen läßt, und es nie müde wird ihr zuzuhören - zumindest ging und geht es mir so.

Die glitzernde und farbenprächtige, aber auch grausame und intrigante Zeit der Mogul Kaiser entsteht vor dem inneren Auge in einer so wunderbaren Opulenz, dass man meint im eigenen Gehirn entsteht ein majestätischer Bollywood Film in all seiner Pracht und Schönheit, mit all den Farben, Gerüchen u. Geschmäckern Indiens. Die Bücher von Indu Sundaresan haben mich für diese Ära der indischen Geschichte so begeistert, dass ich diese Geschichte sogar noch nach recherchiert und festgestellt habe, dass sie sich unbedingt an die Fakten gehalten hat in ihrer Trilogie, und man durch ihre Bücher sogar eine wertvolle Lektion in indischer Geschichte erhält, die einem auf diese zauberhafte Art kein Lehrer der Welt hätte vermittlen können.

Die Kombination Indu Sundaresan als Autorin und Sneha Mathan als Sprecherin sind für diese Bücher ein wunderbarer Glücksgriff. Wer also der englischen Sprache relativ mächtig ist, sollte es unbedingt einmal versuchen - Sie werden es nicht bereuen.

Ich jedenfalls hoffe schon sehr darauf, dass auch der dritte Teil der Mogul Trilogie von Indu Sundaresan, wieder von Sneha Mathan gesprochen, als Hörbuch auf den Markt kommt. In diesem Buch geht es dann um die Tochter des Mogul Kaisers Shah Jahan, der das Taj Mahal für seine Frau Mumtaz Mahal erbaute, um die Prinzessin Jahanara.

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