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Amitav Ghosh

Sea of Poppies

Amitav Ghosh Sea Of Poppies
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The first in an epic trilogy, Sea of Poppies is ""a remarkably rich saga . . . which has plenty of action and adventure à la Dumas, but moments also of Tolstoyan penetration--and a drop or two of Dickensian sentiment"" (The Observer [London]).


At the heart of this vibrant saga is a vast ship, the Ibis. Her destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean shortly before the outbreak of the Opium Wars in China. 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. As their old family ties are washed away, they, like their historical counterparts, come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais, or ship-brothers. 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. With a panorama of characters whose diaspora encapsulates the vexed colonial history of the East itself, Sea of Poppies is ""a storm-tossed adventure worthy of Sir Walter Scott"" (Vogue).



 

A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year A Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year A Washington Post Best Book of the Year An Economist Best Book of the Year

 

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize



""A wonderful book, a large ambitious novel in which extraordinary people come to life and vibrant, exotic places are memorably depicted.""--The Rocky Mountain News

""A delight . . . [Ghosh's] descriptions bring a lost world to life.""--The Washington Post

“Brilliant...By the book’s stormy and precarious ending, most readers will clutch it like the ship’s rail awaiting, just like Ghosh’s characters, the rest of the voyage to a destination unknown.”--USA Today

""Ghosh's best and most ambitious work yet. . . . Ghosh writes with impeccable control, and with a vivid and sometimes surprising imagination.""--The New Yorker

""Ghosh, on behalf of history, is unforgiving, but his novel is also a delight.""--Miami Herald

""A storm tossed adventure worthy of Sir Walter Scott.""--Vogue

""Amitav Ghosh's new novel speaks in tongues, marvelously capturing the polyglot nature of its characters. . . . Sea of Poppies is marvelous, its range and authority astonishing.""--The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

""Sea of Poppies is a veritable cauldron of energy intermingling with craft.""--Chicago Sun-Times


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