The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Fevers, Delirium and Discovery. Amitav Ghosh, Author William Morrow & Company $23 (p) ISBN . A review, and links to other information about and reviews of The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh. The Calcutta Chromosome This novel has been described as “a kind of mystery thriller” (India Today). It brings together three searches: the first is that of an.

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Brown is hard to miss too. View all 3 comments. And Murugan thinks there is more to them too — the Calcutta chromosome, for one. I would recommend it only to hard core scifi and medical thriller buffs I was taught about malaria in my premed and med, but not much in detail regarding the history of discovery of malaria. Aitav writes in an engaging manner, with lots of humour. With a New Essay on Satyagit Rayand was less impressed with the essays of literary criticism.

Amitav Ghosh : The Calcutta Chromosome

Read more Read less. The Calcutta Chromosome won the Arthur C. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. From Victorian lndia to near-future New York, The Calcutta Chromosome takes readers on a wondrous journey through time as a computer programmer trapped in a mind-numbing job hits upon a curious item that will forever change his life.

Jan 21, Preeta rated it really liked it.

The one good thing that’s come out of my having sat through this is, I now know a thing ghozh two about mosquitoes, parasites and Ronald Ross. The plot is quite complex and its timelines are deliberately mixed up, switching from Antar’s time to Murugan’s to Ross’ and back over the course of as many chapters. Ghosh does bring them together, but not nearly as nicely as one might hope. If it is, ‘scifi’s are extremely weird.


If I try to read for more than a few minutes, it gosh me dizzy. Suddenly, his attention is drawn to a charred ID card with the LifeWatch logo, and he begins to remember an encounter with an eccentric colleague, a man obs The Calcutta Calxutta is the third novel by Indian author, Amitav Ghosh. Is this feature helpful?

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See all 64 reviews. For sure, this book is not for everyone, but I personally regretted when it was finished. A Novel The Ibis Trilogy. Write a customer review.

And Antar, following Murugan’s trail The book starts with a man, Antar, working on his super smart computer, Ava, and finding an I I picked up The Calcutta Chromosome after a friend recommended it. The books goes into some sort of magical realism of mixing up two different timelines into one. What makes me even more uneasy are the translations of Bengali figures of speech, done tactlessly and literally – this bothers me a little in The Hungry Tideand it bothers me a lot more with this book, appearing as it does amidst already leaden prose – chatar matha may fit seamlessly into Bengali; “umbrella head” sounds horrible and meaningless in English, and you’d think any author with an ear for dialogue would notice.

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The Calcutta Chromosome – Amitav Ghosh

There are connections everywhere and as a reader, there is no margin for flipping through without paying full attention. Murugan, a man obsessed with the medical history of malaria, and into a magnificently complex world where conspiracy hangs in the air like mosquitoes on a summer night.

Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. While exploring a scientist’s quest for a cure, this story sort of questions the validity of the scientific claims, in so far as how completely ‘scientific’ it really is. On top of this, each time the narrative paints itself into a corner, along comes a bizarre and unworldly coincidence or digression which sorts it all out.

The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Fevers, Delirium & Discovery

I could almost feel the delirium myself. And Antar’s friends discuss “some new scam for saving on subway tokens” — when it must have been clear even in when the book was first published that the subway token would soon be phased out, replaced by a more flexible electronic card system.

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