Beneath a Marble Sky: A Love Story

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New American Library, 2006 - Fiction - 344 pages
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Journey to dazzling seventeenth-century Hindustan, where the reigning emperor, consumed with grief over the tragic death of his beloved wife, commissioned the building of a grand mausoleum as a testament to the marvel of their love. This monument would soon become known as the Taj Mahal—a sight famous around the world for its beauty and the emotions it symbolizes.

Princess Jahanara, the courageous daughter of the emperor and his wife, recounts their mesmerizing tale, while sharing her own parallel story of forbidden love with the celebrated architect of the Taj Mahal. Set during a time of unimaginable wealth and power, murderous sibling rivalries, and cruel despotism, this impressive novel sweeps you away to a historical Hindustan brimming with action and intrigue in an era when, alongside the brutalities of war and oppression, architecture and the art of love and passion reached a pinnacle of perfection.

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User Review  - janerawoof - LibraryThing

Glimpse into the 17th century world of Mughal India. Not sure how much of the history is really authentic, and disliked the overwrought love stories--of a princess and the architect of the Taj Mahal ... Read full review

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User Review  - Micalhut - LibraryThing

Enjoyed this book greatly. It transported me entirely to a different time and culture and was enjoyably easy to read and get lost in the story, passion and drama. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

John Shors traveled extensively throughout Asia after graduating from Colorado College in 1991, living for several years in Japan, where he taught English, and then trekking across the continent, visiting ten countries and climbing the Himalayas. More recently, Mr. Shors worked as a newspaper reporter in his hometown, Des Moines, Iowa, before entering public relations and moving to Boulder, Colorado. Beneath a Marble Sky is his first novel.

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