Sea of poppies [electronic resource (EPUB eBook)] / Amitav Ghosh. At the heart of this vibrant saga is an immense ship, the Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. Diaspora, myth and a fascinating Sea of Poppies: Ibis Trilogy Book 1 - site edition by Amitav Ghosh. Download it once and read it on your site device, PC, phones or tablets. Read "Sea of Poppies A Novel" by Amitav Ghosh available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. At the heart of this vibrant saga.
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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize Sea of Poppies boasts a varied collection of characters to love and hate, and provides wonderfully detailed. Published in the United States. by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Ghosh, Amitav. Sea of poppies / Amitav Ghosh. But it is the panorama of characters, whose diaspora encapsulates the vexed colonial history of the East itself, that makes Sea of Poppies so.
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Diaspora, myth and a fascinating language mashup propel the Rubik's cube of plots in Ghosh's picaresque epic of the voyage of the Ibis , a ship transporting Indian girmitiyas coolies to Mauritius in The first two-thirds of the book chronicles how the crew and the human cargo come to the vessel, now owned by rising opium merchant Benjamin Burnham. Mulatto second mate Zachary Reid, a year-old of Lord Jim—like innocence, is passing for white and doesn't realize his secret is known to the gomusta overseer of the coolies, Baboo Nob Kissin, an educated Falstaffian figure who believes Zachary is the key to realizing his lifelong mission.
Among the human cargo, there are three fugitives in disguise, two on the run from a vengeful family and one hoping to escape from Benjamin.
Also on board is a formerly high caste raj who was brought down by Benjamin and is now on his way to a penal colony. The cast is marvelous and the plot majestically serpentine, but the real hero is the English language, which has rarely felt so alive and vibrant. All rights reserved.
On the Ibis, a ship engaged in transporting opium across the Bay of Bengal, varied life stories converge. Ghosh writes with impeccable control, and with a vivid and sometimes surprising imagination: See all Editorial Reviews.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Paperback Verified download. The book takes place in Although the Opium Wars are mentioned only in passing, it is their coming that sets the book in motion. This is a time period and setting rarely explored in fiction. Historically, this is clearly an important region in world politics, but I know little about it.
The characters are all real and believable.
They span a diverse gamut: Even when their backgrounds are shown in the narrative, many of the characters remain mysterious. The language of the book is just beautiful. Ghosh mixes any number of foreign languages along with period words and slang to keep the book moving.
Using context clues, it is very easy to see what each word or phrase means. The language serves to give the book color and depth.
It is not necessary to understand every single word, although it is possible, because the characters always act in character, with logic according to their situation. Lastly, the storytelling is spellbinding.
He runs with one storyline and only in its last paragraph does the reader realize the connection with another story or character.
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This is artful, modern, and very poetic. I have recently tried to branch out and read more fiction. Ghosh shows exactly why I should be reading more fiction. I look forward to reading the next two books in this series. Audible Audiobook Verified download.
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There is certainly no substitute for holding this book in your hands and turning its pages with eager anticipation, but I urge even those who have read, are reading, or are about to read the book to listen to it also on CD or MP3. Phil Gigante's narration is flawless.
His ability to create the right nuance for each one of the novel's many male and female voices is astonishing. Pigeon English, seafarer sea-language, various Indian dialects, French -- he masters them all.
The book itself? A triumph of character development. And if you're the sort of reader who likes to finish a book with the satisfaction of having learned a great deal about cultures, religion, friendship, geography, history, and gratitude, this story is for you.
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Audio CD Verified download. This is a must read for anyone who realizes they don't know much about history and want to get it via a delicious read.
I am reading the final volume presently and find it somewhat bawdier than the earlier books. The ribald scenes in this final volume are a sort of joyful unwrapping of a lot of Victorian secrets. I strongly recommend this trilogy to anyone who wants to get a picture of 19th century British, American, and Indian commercial adventurism in China.
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The story is captivating and one learns something one should have but probably did not become aware of in high school and college. China is an issue today, right? So we have history with them. It's about opium and tea - it's business history politics being the mere shadow of business and a great story.
Force me to read the sequel. It is masterfully beautiful that all threads come together gradually in the first two thirds of the book. The last one thirds is equally brilliant, but the pace is too fast compared to the former.
Final scenes are really too abrupt and the book ends suddenly and unexpectedly, leaving too many things unexplained and unanswered and it will force me to read the sequel. I like the book for its story, language and atmosphere, but it really makes me ponder that whether or not a book in a trilogy should be judged separately, and whether or not a book in a trilogy should be self-contained?
site Edition Verified download. Penguin Canada Imprint: Penguin Canada Publication Date: He studied at the universities of Delhi and Oxford, has taught at a number of institutions and written for many magazines. Sea of Poppies, was shortlisted for the Ma We want your feedback! Click here. Subjects Fiction Literature. Fiction Literature. Publication Details Publisher: Ibis Trilogy. More about Amitav Ghosh.She saw now why the factory in Ghazipur was so diligently patrolled by the sahibs and their sepoys — for if a little bit of this gum could give her such power over the life, the character, the very soul of this elderly woman, then with more of it at her disposal, why should she not be able to seize kingdoms and control multitudes?
Peeping warily through the folds of her sari, she saw that he was standing beside her with a carved wooden box in his hands. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Vanessa Lafaye.
If you own the copyright to this book and it is wrongfully on our website, we offer a simple DMCA procedure to remove your content from our site. An unlikely dynasty is born, which will span continents, races and generations. It was when he said these words that Deeti understood what the future held: she remembered how, as children, she and her playmates had laughed at the afeemkhors of their village — the habitual opium-eaters, who sat always as if in a dream, staring at the sky with dull, dead eyes.
His face, with its bacony hue, its mutton-chop whiskers, beefy cheeks and liverish lips, looked as if it could have been assembled upon a butcher's counter.
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