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This is the alchemy of Indian independence. Burnham take Paulette in after her father’s death.

I don’t know how much Mr. Unhappil Being set in India, during the Opium Wars between England and China, this monumental story tells the lives of several characters, from different castes and ideological perspectives, narrating the tumultuos times they have to survive.

I find his descriptive imagery builds up the setting and scenery amktav the story progresses excellent, and his depth of characters is great. Theirs is a polyglot world, ringing with pidgin, Chinglish, Hinglish and the inimitable slang of seafarers. Ghosh has not forgotten the agricultural calendar; it’s ot that he will no more waste a fact than MacArthur wasted poppy.

This book really disappointed me. Sea of Poppies begins with the conversion of a former slave ship, the Ibis, into a transport vessel. However, the end of the story left a lot of unanswered questions. This book, as a stand-alone could have been a perfect read.

Sea of Poppies

This is an exceptional piece of word art. These happy little flowers invaded every single aspect of land, sea and all things alive, even innocent animals. Soon after her husband dies, her in-laws want to d ‘Sea of Poppies’ is a story of indentured laborers.

With the Raja, there is a wonderful gradual erosion of his lofty position, as he becomes bankrupt and his social standing starts to disintegrate. It got to the stage that whenever I saw his name I would immediately skip onto the next paragraph and not even attempt to decipher his butchered attempts at English.

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Excerpted from Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh. Ghosh’s Baboo is not far from the ugly colonial stereotype, but is also a character of wit and great service to the plot. Ghosh’s attention to character and affection for language brim to the top of every page. Even though every character was given their own mini biography upon being introduced, I never felt particularly attached to any of them. The ship will henceforth carry opium bound for China and indentured servants to colonies like the British West Indies.

View all 5 comments. Soon a squeaking wheel announced the arrival of the ox-cart that would take Hukam Singh to the factory where he worked, in Ghazipur, three miles away. It would end only when Lord Vishnu descended to the earth in his avatar as the destroyer, Kalki, to bring in a new cycle of time, Satya Yuga, the age of truth.

Neel Rattan Halder, a wealthy and unworldly rajah whose dynasty has been ruling the zemindary of Raskhali for centuries, is confronted amifav Mr. It never, as the 18th century used to say, “smells of the lamp”. Sep 30, Christopher rated it it was ok. The characters range from a young gnosh whose fate would have been to join her husband in death in sati, or throwing herself into his funeral pyre, which would elevate the status of her husband’s family, to a group of lascars who will crew the Ibis, headed by a chief who seems to have his own agenda as regards the second mate, one Zachary Reid, a freedman from Baltimore.

She has been brought up in an unique way, being her father a botanistin the Imperial Gardens. The author compares the Ganges to the Nilethe lifeline of the Egyptian civilization, attributing the provenance and growth of these civilizations to these selfless, ever-flowing bodies. I give a high place to Ghosh among contemporary English Authors from India. Apr 28, Chrissie rated it it was ok Shelves: We are no different from the Pharaohs or the Mongols: He has masterfully woven the economic hardship and el I give a high place to Ghosh among contemporary English Authors from India.


On their way to the “black sea”, ot characters are exposed to a suttee or widow-burning, a shipboard mutiny, a court case, jails, kidnappings, rapes, floggings, a dinner party and every refinement of sex.

In Calcutta, Zachary is mistaken for a gentleman and enjoys society life. Ghosh has invented whole cloth, and how much is a result of research, but it’s hugely entertaining, and perhaps near genius.

Aug 22, Praveen rated it it was amazing. Maybe I will have to settle with reading the other books by Ghosh in the meanwhile.

If GR had half stars perhaps it would have been a 4. Land, River, Sea, moving the story along from the introduction to all of these very colorful characters to their assembly and journey on the Ibis which used to carry slaves and now transports workers and convicts to Mauritius. Each week, we present leading authors of fiction and nonfiction as they read from and discuss their work. It has it’s own rhythm and authenticity, but I actually feel that it was a bit showy and even a little lazy.

‘Sea of Poppies’: An Epic Tale Of Opium And Empire

So, I give it a double thumbs upand highly recommend it! The fat lady hasn’t quite sung yet. I did not enjoy the plot. Your purchase helps support NPR programming. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

It was wonderful to see the opium trade from a multiplicity of perspectives, classes, idioms, seaa ethnicities. I enjoy the writing of Amitav Ghosh a lot.