A romantic reconstruction of imperial life in 17th century India, "Beneath a Marble Sky" recounts the turbulent story of princess Jahanara, the daughter of the emperor who commissioned the construction of the Taj Mahal as a fabulous testament to the overwhelming love of his wife. Well educated, literate, a wily diplomat, savvy political advisor and a bright, witty conversationalist and companion at a time when Muslim women were held in particularly low esteem, Jahanara has been well taught … more
The passionate, lush and dramatic re-creation of the love story behind the creation of the Taj Mahal, an elegant work of art. Even for the most ardent history-phobes, the story is so beautifully told, you'll hardly be aware of the fact that you're reading historical fiction at its very best.
In "Beneath a Marble Sky," novelist John Shors makes ample use of literary license as he tells the story of the inception and creation of one of the world's most beautiful tombs -the Taj Mahal. Told in the first person by Mughal princess Jahanara, daughter of Emperor Shah Jahan and his favorite wife, Arjumand, "Beneath a Marble Sky" follows the tradition of novels with a seraglio flare like "The Red Tent: A Novel, " "Sarah: A Novel (Canaan Trilogy)" and "Tamar" that concentrate on the trials of … more
John Shors has the gift. It is as simple as that. In BENEATH A MARBLE SKY he has created a stunning love story woven through the interstices of the 16th century Hindustani building of the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the world, a place on earth where Paradise touches mortals in a magnificent mausoleum for the beloved wife of the Emperor. Not only is this a symphonic novel of surpassing craftsmanship and beauty, it is also a book that informs the reader about the differences between Muslim … more