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Discuss "Beneath a Marble Sky" By John Shors

In 1632, the Emperor of Hindustan, Shah Jahan, overwhelmed with grief over the death of his beloved wife, Mumatz Mahal, commissioned the building of a grand mausoleum to symbolize the greatness of their love. The story surrounding the construction of the Taj Mahal occurs, however, against a scrim of fratricidal war, murderous rebellion, unimaginable wealth, and, not least of all, religious fundamentalism ruthlessly opposing tolerance and coexistence between the disparate peoples in the empire. At that time, Hindustan comprised all of modern Pakistan and Kashmir, most of eastern Afghanistan, and two-thirds of the Indian subcontinent (roughly north of Bombay to the Himalayas). Beneath a Marble Sky, narrated by Princess Jahanara, eldest daughter of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, recounts their story, and her own as well, a parallel tale of forbidden love enduring censure and extreme deprivations. Beneath a Marble Sky brims with action and intrigue befitting an epic era when, alongside continuous war, architecture and its attendant arts reached a pinnacle of perfection. In a splendid debut, John Shors has crafted an immensely readable and well-researched historical novel of surprisingly contemporary relevance.

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  • Lisa P.

    Fine discussion the other night. Thanks Amber, Deborah, and Eva for making me feel so welcome!

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Deborah R.

    Nice to meet some more members- A good discussion and interesting that we held similar views on the book- I wonder what a male perception of the book would be the same?

    September 27, 2013

  • Jamie A.

    Have you all ever discussed having the meeting on another night now and then instead of Fridays? My son just joined Cub Scouts and they meet every Friday evening. So I'm officially out of all meet-ups. I was really looking forward to coming tonight too.

    September 27, 2013

    • Amber

      I will try to schedule a future meeting on a weekend and see how it works. Sorry you cant make this one!

      September 27, 2013

  • Lisa P.

    Does everyone know that the Baltimore Book Festival is this weekend? starts tomorrow.

    1 · September 26, 2013

    • Lisa P.

      Here are the authors: http://baltimorebookf...­ should be a great weekend. I'll be there tomorrow during the day.

      September 26, 2013

    • Amber

      I did nto know, thanks for letting us know. If you ever see anything like this feel free to suggest it as a meetup!

      September 27, 2013

  • Hannah B.

    Hi all! I've got a pretty bad cold and I'd hate to share my germs, so I think I'll be staying home today. Have fun everyone.

    September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    May not make it tomorrow. I'm home sick... boo.

    September 26, 2013

  • Jamie A.

    Anyone finished with this book yet and willing to lend it out to me for a week? I totally forgot to order one and am afraid I won't get it in time if I order it now. Thanks.

    September 14, 2013

    • Amber

      I haven't started it yet but if I can finish it this week ill lend it to you!

      September 15, 2013

    • Amber

      So sorry, Im just starting, and rushing at that! Lisa Posted above of a Audio book if you still need a copy

      September 25, 2013

  • Lisa P.

    I listened to the audio book through the library's OneClickDigital app. Here is the link: http://carr.oneclickdigital.com/Home/Featured.aspx

    1 · September 24, 2013

  • Chelsea S.

    Sorry to miss it. I thought the book was pretty interesting.

    1 · September 22, 2013

  • Kara

    I put that I wasn't coming to this one because my husband is working an evening shift..but if I can get a sitter for the kids, I will come and discuss!

    August 31, 2013

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