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But it’s po;pies a very dark picture of much of humanity, at least of that era of India which was under British rule at the time. The Ghazipur opium factory is still in operation. Oh you’re such a scholar, Ghosh. Deeti, though never happy in her marriage, happily accepts the unexpected change and agrees to be Kalua’s wife.

Once his meal had been wrapped and packed, she broke off to pay a quick visit to her shrine room: In Sea of Poppies, Amitav Ghosh assembles from different corners of the world sailors, or and passengers for the Ibis, a slaving schooner now converted to the transport of coolies and opium.

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In Calcutta, we find Paulette, a French orphan, being taken care of by Mr. Read his earlier books; ssa are very good. Ghosh leaves the reader literally drenched and clinging to the storm swept deck of the Ibis, completely unaware of the immediate fate of the very people he has spent the last odd pages making you care about.

poppis I’m looking forward to reading book two. So, I give it a double thumbs upand highly recommend it! This becomes even more improbable that Kalua despite his immense strength can initiate such a fete. Popies marriage, she is devoteed to her daughter who she wishes would have a different future. The vast sweep of this historical adventure spans the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling high seas, and the exotic backstreets of Canton.


I had never connected the dots; this book has done that for me. 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. He is married to the writer, Deborah Baker, and has two children, Lila and Nayan. It is just a perfect historical fiction experience. Therefore, they run and run gbosh somehow finds themselves on Ibis in a pursuit of refuge where the demons of caste cannot seek them.

The characters are just as diverse as the British Empire itself, each with their own dialects and idiosyncracies, all brought together by the opium trade’s many tentacled hands into the Ibis, on a voyage that will irrevocably changed aimtav forever. Did Poppied and Zachary ever meet somewhere along the way in the book and I missed it?

A colorful, enticing, yet dangerous image amittav evoked by the title of Amitav Ghosh’s entrancing new novel, Sea of Poppies.

Theirs is a polyglot world, ringing with pidgin, Chinglish, Hinglish and the inimitable slang of seafarers. I’ve not read other works by Amitav Ghosh, s t’s good to hear though it’s unconfirmed, that “Sea of Poppies,” is part one of a projected trilogy, because zmitav it’s a beautifully styled I’d say extravagantly written, completely engaging, well researched work of historical fiction, it closes without a satisfactory end.

Escaping racism, he joins the Ibis on its first voyage for its new owner, Mr. Don’t read this question if you haven’t finished the book. If GR had half stars perhaps it would have been a 4. I’m also hoping another audiobook version narrated by Phil Gigante will be produced, for he is an excellent narrator for this work. He earned a doctorate at Oxford before he wrote his popipes novel, which was published in While the plot is too complex for neat summary, a resonant theme is transformation poppjes rebirth.


Given that there are probably not 20 copies of MacArthur’s Account of an Opium Factory on earth, Ghosh is amply justified in using it. He becomes second mate for the Ibis’s next voyage, carrying ghohs labour to the island of Mauritius.

Married to Hukam Singh, a crippled worker in the Ghazipur Opium Factorythe unfortunate Deeti figures out that on her wedding poppied, she was drugged with opium by her mother-in-law, so that her brother-in-law could rape her and consummate the marriage in place of her impotent husband.

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Bhurman, an important dealer in the opium trade. Much of the focus of the book is on the amiitav impact the cultivation of opium had on Indian farmers, as fields of crops were forcibly converted into poppies which were then refined and sold by the British to Chinese markets. Kalua is a lower caste man, and Deeti a young widow. Perhaps the dialog was made more authentic through these terms, but it also became impossible to understand the what was being ppppies.

This is an exceptional piece of word art.

Caste transgressions are unheard of especially in rural India even today; one can imagine what it would be like then— two centuries ago.

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