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Not only was the book very minutely researched, it was deeply engaging. The language of the lascars I found to be a bit confusing at first but after a while you find yourself immersed.

Lascars, sepoys and nautch girls

Of course, you’ll get the jokes better if you’re an Indian, or acquainted with Indian culture. Deeti is the initial character introduced popoies the story and she is the widow of an opium-addicted husband and avoids the immolation pyre a tradition she should have undergone to follow a vision of a journey on an ocean-going ship.

Thus they would sit, driver and passenger, as the cart creaked along the road to Ghazipur — conversing amicably enough, but never exchanging glances. Jul 21, Praj rated it it was ok. Sea of Poppies begins with the conversion of a former slave ship, the Ibis, into a transport vessel.

In Calcutta, we find Paulette, a French orphan, being taken care of by Mr. Ibis Trilogy 3 books. Ma Taramony had often said that in order to hasten the coming of the Kalki a great host of beings would appear on earth, to quicken the march of greed and desire.

The story opens sometime in the s, on the eve of the first Opium War between the British and Chinese. Return to Book Page. This is the alchemy of Indian independence. The farmers are being forced to give up growing life sustaining crops like rice and vegetables, t The Sea of Poppies is the first installment of the Ibis trilogy, penned by one of the foremost story-tellers of modern India, Amitav Ghosh.

Sep 30, Christopher rated it it was ok. Books by Amitav Ghosh. Indentured labour – the unfortunates being transported to Mauritius. A large section of this book is set in India, with the final quarter being set on board a schooner called the Ibis.

Each instalment of the trilogy covers one key part of the opium trade and war. Paulette is a French orphan who has grown up in India with Jodu, the son of her Ayahas her best friend.


This rollicking adventure story about colonial India was beaten to the Booker Prize by The White Tigera novel that trades on its gritty realism but which is actually just as much a fantasy of Indian life as this one. In addition to themes of identity, alienation that emerge in the lives of several characters. It has a huge, Dickensian cast akitav includes a fallen Rajah, a Chinese opium addict, a European girl gone native, a cross-dressing reincarnated saint, an American freedman and a poppy-farmer’s widow, and its plot takes in dramatic rescues, nefarious Brits, girls-dressed-as-boys, floggings and secret assignations and portentous items of jewelry.

Other characters like Jodhu and Serang Ali, so important in the first novel, are reintroduced in the last novel but in an entirely half-hearted manner. It was that real. He stumbled upon mention of a zemindar named Pran …more Actually Ghosh states in an sda that the story for Neel Rattan Halder came from his research.

Useless to the farmers, yes, but highly profitable to the East India Company. As the Ibis is outfitted, readers are led through the splendidly exciting cosmos of Calcutta. The couple flee and unite. At the heart of this vibrant saga is a vast ship, the Ibis.

This was the first book I’ve read by Amitav Ghosh, and while he’s writing his second book ppoppies the trilogy, I’m going to backtrack and read some of his other work. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.

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

Is this written primarily for those few people who speak both languages and know the historical usages of ot words? Village life, city life; the tics, prejudices, and beliefs of the hoi polloi as well as the ghksh classes; the facts and lore of the opium trade, the merchant life, and life ses sea are all well limned and thoroughly convincing – and enchanting, though not in the whimsical sense that word is usually employed to describe.

The opium trade and the First Opium War are the primary focus of the trilogy, and the story and its characters are shoehorned into a structure designed to cover all the main effects of the trade and the war, and especially its effect on Indians.

Fiction Amitav Ghosh reviews. Highly recommended, but with the above caveats. And to the characters – the novel covers a wide range of main characters, and it is fair to say that this first book is the background of these characters, woven is such a way that they all end up in the same place at the same time seea on the Ibis, departing Calcutta for Mauritius.


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The next key figure is Zachary Reid, an American sailor born to dea quadroon mother and a white father. 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.

The ship’s crew and passengers — opium factory workers, American sailors, French runaways, lascars, coolies, convicts, rajas and sahibs — reflect Calcutta’s cosmopolitan racial and socioeconomic swirl. I think it will be a magnificent trilogy and I am just dying to read more.

The disability was not so severe as to require crutches, however, and Hukam Singh was able to make his way to the cart without assistance.

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Soon a ghozh wheel announced the arrival of the ox-cart that would take Hukam Singh to the factory where he worked, in Ghazipur, three miles away. Even though every character was given their own mini biography upon being introduced, I never felt particularly attached to any of them. Burnham proposes to settle the loan for Halder’s zamindary, Halder refuses the deal as the zamindary is his family’s ancestral property and selling it would mean turning his back on his many dependents.

Confined by the manners of Jane Austen, these young people simply cannot get going. It consists of everything By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. My enjoyment and rating of this novel really fluctuated from one chapter to the next. For example, Robin Chinnery, a main focus in the second novel, is dealt with in wea single line in the last novel.

And in hinterlands, a mass of the population is hugely burdened with local conflicts and regional politics, and is seeped in gender and caste-related atrocities.

At the beginning I felt this slowed my reading pace but I soon settled into the writing. The story goes at a breakneck pace without stopping for a moment to consider, rather ghoxh a well directed bollywood movie only the songs and dance numbers were missing!

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