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Confined by the manners of Jane Austen, these young people simply cannot get going. The opium trade and the First Opium War are the primary I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy for its rich historical detail and its playfulness with language.

Sex, with all its pluses and minuses, started much earlier than what we like to believe. A beautifully written historical novel about ‘s India in the grip of the opium trade. Their speech, respectively the “tall” American English of the 19th-century frontier and franglais, bores him gghosh and he does it badly. This volume ends with the Ibis, storm-tossed, off Sumatra. All I can say to Amitav Ghosh, is hurry up man, I’m waiting, what happens next??? Ghosh has not forgotten the agricultural calendar; it’s just that he will no more waste a fact than MacArthur wasted poppy.

Apr 26, Petra Eggs rated it really liked it Shelves: Now that the trade has come to a standstill, as a result of the resistance shown by the Chinese authorities, he is unable to clear his debt. In a sense, the characters are the backdrop to the history rather than the other way round. oc


I gave this four stars first time around, and that hasn’t changed in my second reading. Very broad in scope, Sea of Poppies is nonetheless an enchanting read, one that had me stopping normal routine so as to get back to it every time I had to put it down. Jul 31, Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it Recommends it for: There is a lack of atmosphere. For all its historical focus, the driving force behind his tale is his anger about the greed and rapacity of capitalism. In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a diverse cast of Indians and Westerners on board, from a bankrupt raja to a widowed tribeswoman, from a mulatto American freedman to a free-sp At the heart of this vibrant saga is a vast ship, the Ibis.

I’ve not read other works by Amitav Ghosh, so I’m not familiar with his stylistic strategies, but “The Sea of Poppies,” is written with the love of language I’ve come to expect from Indian novelists. Better he wailo chop-chop. The ship will henceforth carry opium bound for China and indentured servants to colonies like the British West Indies.

Kalua and Deeti are no exception in this.

Therefore, they run and run and somehow finds themselves on Ibis in a pursuit of refuge where the demons of caste cannot seek them. Ghosh paints a very dark picture of humanity at this time and place, showcasing how governments in this case British and Indian lord it over others of lesser means and status, both on and off board, the great ship Ibis. Each character has a different way of speaking — from educated English, Bhojpuri, Hindustani, Lascari among others.



Amitav Ghosh : Sea of Poppies

It reminds me of the language recorded in the Booker Prize winning, Sacred Hunger” by Barry Unsworth, another beautifully written novel about fretful times. I never found myself growing impatient ghsh the lyrical descriptive passages; instead, these somehow illuminate the zea souls of the characters.

Set just before the Opium Wars, the book takes you on a journey through India, drawing people from all over to bring them to the ship – the Ibis. View all 24 comments. You need to read all three. Now, what is good about the book: Before you read this, however, you should know that it is designed as the first entry of what will eventually be a trilogy based on the ship Ibis and a group of people who, for whatever reason, found themselves aboard her.

Some parts of the novel, usually those from the perspectives of Deeti and Rajan, I flew through but others felt excruciatingly slow and were weighed down by unnecessary descriptions or information dumps about their childhood.

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A big disappointment from Ghosh. Return to Book Page.

Probably Ghosh’s best and most impressive work to date. I’ve searched the internet for updates on the second book.

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