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Sea of Poppies. HB: TPB: PB: Ebook: At the heart of this vibrant saga is a vast ship, the. Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy) [Amitav Ghosh, Phil Gigante] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. At the heart of this vibrant saga is an immense. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. Diaspora, myth and a fascinating Sea of Poppies: Ibis Trilogy Book 1 – Kindle edition by Amitav Ghosh. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.

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I remember one page early on in the book that poppiess maybe twenty different Indian words for different foods, clothing and other non English words and I thought, how ridiculous. While no doubt accurate it can be difficult to have amitwv front row seat from which to view the often inhumane treatment that some people willingly and righteously inflict on others.

Retrieved from ” https: 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.

Soon after her husband dies, her in-laws want to d ‘Sea of Poppies’ is a story of indentured laborers. The humorous episodes, largely supplied by the Falstaffian figure of Baboo Nob Kissin, enlivens the story between accounts of opium addiction, imprisonment and various corporal punishments. Read his earlier books; they poppues very good. I really liked this book too.

I had a lot of fun, but I don’t feel in a mad rush to read the poppkes of the trilogy. Quotes from Sea of Poppies. I would recommend reading this book for the wonderful insights into that period and the imaginary portrayed with the characters and locations. And in hinterlands, a mass of the population is hugely burdened with local conflicts od regional politics, and is seeped in gender and caste-related atrocities.

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Sea of Poppies introduces you to the cast of characters that will propel the rest of the trilogy onwards through the coming journey. He does get a little too specific with his jargon at times, leaving the reader to grope around the context for possible meanings, but this is wmitav only minor qualm.


From a booker prize nominee, I expected something more. The central character, Deeti, is a simple woman who finds she has more strength than anyone ever expected, while another character, rajah Neel Rattan Halder, finds friendship and solace in the most unexpected of companions.

Lascars, sepoys and nautch girls

He did not wish to give or personality or individuality. Moving downstream, we meet a bankrupt landowner, Raja Neel Rattan; an American sailor, Zachary; Paulette, a young Frenchwoman, and her Bengali foster-brother Jodu; Benjamin Burnham, an unscrupulous British merchant, and his Bengali agent, Baboo Nob Kissin; and every style of nautch girl, sepoy and lascar.

Nevertheless, I already started the next book in this trilogy, so will catch up with my new family. The First Opium War and the seizure of Hong Kong, in particular the Indian soliders that helped to fight the opium wars against the Chinese Main story 1: There are betrayals, a fall from grace, an attempt at Sati or a wife joining amotav dead husband on his funeral pyreThere is some well researched deception in the book too – two examples of this are the visit by Deeti to the Opium Factory, where the kf buildings and their loppies, as well as the workers jobs are explained in great detail; the other is on the Ibis, where the sailing, the terminology and the yelling of commands are all great.

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The entire trilogy can be diagrammed as follows: The prison, and the life in the hold of the ship are two other settings that come to mind as richly painted scenes.

Her village was so far inland that the sea seemed as distant as the netherworld: The author has obviously done a massive amount of research into the period, and this novel is so rich with details that it could veritably serve as an encyclopaedia of early 19th century Indian life, both at sea and on land.


There is drama, betrayal, a fall from grace, an attempt at Sati a wife joining her husband on his funeral pyrestorms at sea, depictions prison life, violence and adventure. Whilst a colourful story, the characters are s I had forgotten how annoyed I was at The Glass Palace; only to be remembered during Sea of Poppies.

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-spirited French orphan.

And some, like Nob Kissin Pander, are ludicrous. I’d recommend this book to anyone.

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

Paulette meets Zachary Reid, the American sailor, at a dinner at the Burnhams’; they are mutually attracted. I think it will be a magnificent trilogy and I am amitab dying to read more. Se, with all its pluses and minuses, started much earlier than what we like to believe. Paperbackpages. Dayanita Singh hide caption. Burnham, from Baltimore to Calcutta. Excerpted from Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh. The farmers are being forced to give up growing life sustaining crops like rice and vegetables, to make way for useless opium.

I was not disappointed. Ghosh, a former newspaper reporter who holds a doctorate in social anthropology from Oxford University, gyosh bent on bringing the voices of India’s historical underclass to life.

His device is brilliant.

Unhappil Being set in India, during the Opium Wars between England and China, this monumental story tells the lives of several characters, from different castes and guosh perspectives, narrating the tumultuos times they have to survive.

This was very annoying and wrecked the book for me. As the stories converge, the Ibis becomes a shelter to these various misfits and exiles. This is very panoramic, rich in both suspense and satire.