The Mountain of Light

The Mountain of Light #2020

The Mountain of Light From the internationally bestselling author of The Twentieth Wife a novel based on the tumultuous history of a legendary carat diamond originating in India and the men and women who possessed it
  • Title: The Mountain of Light
  • Author: Indu Sundaresan
  • ISBN: 9781451643510
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the internationally bestselling author of The Twentieth Wife, a novel based on the tumultuous history of a legendary 186 carat diamond originating in India and the men and women who possessed it.As empires rose and fell and mighty kings jostled for power, its glittering radiance never dimmed It is the Mountain of Light the Kohinoor diamond and its facets reflect aFrom the internationally bestselling author of The Twentieth Wife, a novel based on the tumultuous history of a legendary 186 carat diamond originating in India and the men and women who possessed it.As empires rose and fell and mighty kings jostled for power, its glittering radiance never dimmed It is the Mountain of Light the Kohinoor diamond and its facets reflect a sweeping story of love, adventure, conquest, and betrayal Its origins are the stuff of myth, but for centuries this spectacular gem changes hands from one ruler to another in India, Persia, and Afghanistan In 1850, the ancient stone is sent halfway around the world where it will play a pivotal role in the intertwined destinies of a boy king of India and a young queen of England a queen who claims the Mountain of Light and India itself for her own burgeoning empire, the most brilliant jewels in her imperial crown.The Mountain of Light is a magnificent story of loss and recovery, sweeping change and enduring truth, wrapped around the glowing heart of one of the world s most famous diamonds.
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    I know nothing zero, zip, nada about the history between England and India I also did not know anything about the Kohinoor diamond This book tells a combination of both in a very interesting way.The books begins with the story of who owns the Kohinoor diamond in the early 1800s Each chapter ends with how the diamond gets passed to the next owner The subsequent chapters move forward in time, spinning a little tale surrounding the diamond, until it finally comes to rest with the Queen of England i [...]

    The Mountain of Light is the story of the Kohnihoor diamond, which was once considered the largest diamond in the world The book follows the diamond s movement from India to England and shows how it affects the lives of those that come into contact with it This is a fascinating historical fiction about a famous stone and has some really fantastic settings that will appeal to my fellow armchair travelers The settings were the best part of the book for me I absolutely love armchair traveling so I [...]

    So Much Information MANY NAMES SO MUCH DRAMA All over a diamond And who should rule And land.This was a very good read, even with my minor complaints above I learned so much about India and Pakistan and how England basically took over India in not a good way who can truly believe that a 10 year old boy The Maharajah knew what was going on when he signed away his lands and titles and wealth It was a very interesting read and I am now really into learning about this time period and the people tha [...]

    Received this book as a gift today Thank you my dear friend Alice It s a moving on to a new job gift and she felt the title Mountain of Light was apt

    Of all the books I have reviewed, this is the only one which I actually asked an author for a review copy How could I not, when it is one of my favourite author s book I ve loved every book of hers so far Indu Sundaresan was kind enough to send me an e book as I was not located in the right geography for a proper book.The enchanting story of the Koh i Noor, the diamond that captured the imagination of so many people, rulers and common man alike A tale of loyalty, treachery, duties, betrayals, it [...]

    Wonderful novel this is what I said about it on my blog, A Writer of History.The Kohinoor diamond was said to be cursed because this fabulous jewel often changed hands when disaster or defeat occurred And sure enough, following England s subjugation of India, the Kohinoor was taken from the treasury of Dalip Singh, heir to the throne of the Punjab, and sent to Queen Victoria Although the Kohinoor diamond has belonged to the monarchs of England for the last hundred and sixty three years, the diam [...]

    I really wanted to like this novel Books about a priceless diamond worth a king s ransom in India Yes please The fact that the diamond made its way to Queen Victoria during the rise of British imperialism is a story that should be told I just didn t think it was told well by this author I listened to the audio version, and I cannot get over how slow and confusing the narrative seemed Since the reader follows the story of a diamond, not the narrative arc of characters, the reader must keep track [...]

    So disappointed This is the kind of book I love Perhaps it was my mood, but it never really captured my interest I wavered as it was really a 2 1 2, but cant stretch to good.

    Using the kohinoor diamond as a symbol for power and majesty, Sundaresan tells the story of India, in particular the Punjab region, pre and post British colonization The most poignant story in the novel is that of Maharaja Dalip Singh, who readers see go from a glowing, happy child to a broke and broken old man It is unbelievable and sickening the amount of wealth the British stripped from India in a relatively short period in history, all through the belief in their own superiority to the nativ [...]

    The first book by Indu Sundaresan that I read was The Twentieth Wife , and I was absolutely enthralled by it I loved the sequel The Feast of Roses too On a visit to Blossoms, I had been looking out for her collection of stories, In the Convent of Little Flowers I didn t find it, but I came upon The Mountain of Light It belonged to the same genre Historical fiction , and the subject The Kohinoor or Koh i Noor, as is described here appeared really interestingAfter I bought it, it kept on lying for [...]

    The Mountain of Light is the story of the Kohinoor diamond, the diamond which captured the imagination of so many people This was once the largest diamond in the world It is believed that the name Kohinoor was first used by Nader Shah in 1739 CE when he took this diamond in his possession Prior to this date, the name Kohinoor was not used This diamond was on one occasion mounted on the Peacock throne of Shah Jahan, the Mughal ruler who commended the building of famous Taj Mahal At present, it li [...]

    A brilliant piece of historical fiction Once again Indu Sundaresan has brought history to life in this well researched novel tracing the story of the 186 carat Kohinoor diamond from 1817, when Maharajah Ranjit Singh held Shah Shuja captive to procure the highly coveted gem, through years of war and royal intrigue in the Punjab a time of bloodshed, betrayal, and annexation to the time of English rule when the priceless gem is secreted overseas to Queen Victoria in England The Mountain of Light te [...]

    The Mountain of Light Author Indu SundaresanPublisher Harper Collins IndiaBN 978 93 5116 091 5Genre Historic fiction.The Kohinoor, the mountain of light as the Shah of Persia named is believed to have been given by the Lord Krishna to devotee, from there it s physical mention is in the memoirs of the Mogul king Babur It has then traversed in out of India to its final resting place in the crown of England.The story opens in the court of Maharaja Ranjith Singh of the Punjab Empire who exacts the K [...]

    More often than not, as your expectation levels increase, the chances of getting disappointed also rises exponentially Sad to say, the rule has been proved yet again I could not put down the first two parts of her Taj trilogy and had jumped at the chance of getting a review copy of Indu Sundaresan s latest novel, based on the mysterious and controversial Kohinoor The Mountain of Light.The story starts with Shah Shuja and his wife Wafa Begum imprisoned by Maharaja Ranjit Singh The only thing that [...]

    The Mountain of Light is the Kohinoor diamond, acquired, along with other unusual, splendid jewels and gems by the Maharaja Ranjit Singh of the Punjab The Maharajah, an honored ruler, housed a dethroned ruler of Afghanistan, Shah Shuja, in great style, with the hopes of acquiring the Kohinoor diamond from him, a 186 carat, flawless diamond When the ruler s wife, Wafa, continued to delay the transfer, the Maharajah stopped all food and water from coming to them until the Kohinoor diamond was brou [...]

    This book is definitely worth a read Its a 3.5 according to me The most remarkable thing about it is that though the book is divided into sections, with each section having its own set of characters and the previous characters just occasionally mentioned, this book could easily have come off as something segmented, could have lost the sense of continuity But it does not It forms a beautiful narration of the various phases in the history of the Kohinoor And I would definitely recommend it to anyo [...]

    Well written and interesting, but it just didn t hold my attention like her other stories The Twentieth Wife, The Feast of Roses, The Splendor of Silence have, which explains why it took me almost 5 months to finish it.

    Where is The Mountain of Light The diamond cutters have taken away too much this is not a mountain any, but a hill, a hillock, a mere bump in the horizon Prince Dalip SinghOne of the oldest jewels of our world, which was India s crowning glory, The Kohinoor Diamond A diamond which saw everything, empires rising and falling, betrayal, love, adventure and conquest The Mountain of Light by Indu Sundaresan is a historical fiction about The Kohinoor Diamond Legends say that Lord Krishna gave Kohinoor [...]

    There was a question on one of the book pages I frequent Name the last book that kept you up all night It was an easy question for me to answer Since I read all the time, I hardly stay up all night to finish a book I have all day to do it However, in a trip to Thailand many years ago, I hid in the bathroom to finish a book, a rather difficult book due to all the historical facts I hid in the bathroom so my light did not bother the other members of my family prior Kindle time The book, The Twenti [...]

    Koh I Noor So many were and remain enamoured by this diamond.Mesmerising detail, pictorial language, excellent period description.This tale sweeps from 1809 to 1893 with a revolving set of players English, Afghani, Indian, each of whom harbours and then passes on the mythical diamond, the Koh I Noor Each player s voice is distinct and appears true to the culture and of the period Sundaresan makes you feel the heat of the dusty land, the opulent life lived in tents by the British for years, and t [...]

    While, the book had some interesting and moving material at the end of the book, I don t think I would have finished the book if I had not obtained a free copy from Netgalley with the promise to review it Maybe stories about big diamonds are my favorite type of story I did not like the Moonstone by Willkie Collins which is a similar story but fictional and I like Wilkie Collins as an author a lot.Too much I would say about two thirds stresses the richness and grandeur of the last Punjab ruler, R [...]

    The Mountain of Light is the story of Kohinoor diamond for which people were once fighting the world to own it The book travels along the way the diamond moves from hand to hand say from India to England This 186 carat diamond drives people crazy with its glittering beauty Though the Kohinoor is the main protagonist in this book, the characters around the diamond are well portrayed with very rich setting which seems to be beyond one s imagination.The story starts with the emperor of Afghanistan, [...]

    Imagine a diamond, one single diamond, so brilliant that the most powerful empire in history included it in the treaty that formalized the occupation of the diamond s homeland Imagine that, even centuries before this treaty, dynasties of kings and emperors had waged war for this stone, all wanted to carve their name in eternity, all wanting to plant their flag atop the diamond known as The Mountain of Light The legendary Koh i Noor diamond is now part of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom, b [...]

    I truly enjoyed this book There were many aspects of this book that were just enjoyable, making this book one of the better books that I have read in awhile.The characters in this book were really pleasant All of the characters were very realistic without being too mundane and dull The characters were also pretty relatable, even the characters which would seem foreign to most readers were still relatable and easy to understand.Another point that made this book really pleasant to read was the int [...]

    This is an excellent historical fiction set in India and England during the years 1817 to the late 1800 s The story centers around the legendary 186 carat Kohinoor diamond aptly called the Mountain of Light For centuries this incredible gem changes hands from one ruler to another in India, Persia, and Afghanistan The diamond has a deep reach into Indian history It belongs in India, to the Indian people However, in 1850 it is sent or stolen, depending on your viewpoint, from India to young Queen [...]

    justtoomanybooks.wordpressThe Kohinoor diamond today is part of the British crown jewels But hundreds of years ago, it belonged to rulers of India, Persia and Afghanistan It was taken as kingdoms were conquered, and given in ransom and tribute The name Koh i noor means mountain of light and refers to the diamond s unusual brilliance.Sundaresan has written a beautiful account of almost 100 years in the life of the Kohinoor diamond, during the British conquest of India The story traces real events [...]

    I will start by writing that to me this was not so much a novel as a series of short stories with the Kohinoor Diamond as what drew them together Each chapter was a period of time in the history of the diamond and its sad displacement from India to England.I had very, very limited knowledge of Indian history going into this book and it has expanded a bit after reading and I m pleased I ll be looking for reading in this area Ms Sundaresan does an excellent job of marrying the history of the land [...]

    When offered the ebook for review, I jumped at the chance I loved Indu Sundaresan s The Twentieth Wife The Mountain of Light hops around from century to century, so instead of getting into the many characters and period of time, I am just going to give you my opinion.Some centuries and the character s within them were captured fully than ever To me, it read like a book of linked short stories than a novel The beginning was glossed over very quickly I would just start to get settled in the stor [...]

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