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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 listenable and well-researched historical novel of surprisingly contemporary relevance.
©2004 John Shors (P)2012 Recorded Books
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By Terri on 01-11-14

Fantastic

Would you listen to Beneath a Marble Sky again? Why?

Yes, with the compelling story and the fantastic narration by Mozhan Marno

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jahanara and her struggle through life

Which scene was your favorite?

When Jahanara meets the love of her life while building the TajMahal

If you could rename Beneath a Marble Sky, what would you call it?

Perfect Title would not change a thing

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By Trooston on 06-27-17

Okay book, not as great as I hoped

The author did a great job with female voices but her male voice was a bit off for me. A bit heavy on violence and sex for my liking but the possible history of the taj mahal was what I wanted. It did peak my curiosity to look further into the history of modern wonder of the world.

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