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While this may have been okay for me now, given that I had the next book in the trilogy immediately available, I can well imagine how I might have felt had I not. Published May 1st by John Poppied Publisher first published Aug 22, Praveen rated it it was amazing. Jun 24, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mar 12, Ana Ovejero rated it really liked it.

Love story of Robin Chinnery and Jacqua Main story 2: It is this pretence of virtue, I promise you, that will never be forgiven by history.

I did not enjoy the plot. To put this book in perspective: Burnham with the need to sell off his estates in order to pay for the debt he had incurred when investing amitag the opium trade with China. With the support of the lascars, especially their leader Serang Ali, he becomes the second in command of the ship.

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For all its popppies focus, the driving force behind his tale is his anger about the greed and rapacity of capitalism. This is an exceptional piece of word art. 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 ideological perspectives, narrating the tumultuos times they have to survive.

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-sp At the heart of this vibrant saga is a vast ship, the Ibis. This is the alchemy of Indian independence.


And to the characters – the novel ghish a wide range of main characters, and it is fair to say that this first book is the background of these characters, woven amitac such a way that they all end up in the same place at the same time – on the Ibis, amita Calcutta for Mauritius.

Sea of Poppies

Want to Read saving…. Ghosh is a fantastic author and I truly want to read more of his books. This terrific novel, the first volume in a projected trilogy, unfolds in north Hhosh and the Bay of Bengal in on the eve of the British attack on the Chinese ports known as the first opium war.

Jul 31, Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Feb 04, Peter rated it really liked it Shelves: January 7, 1: Sea of Poppies begins with the conversion of a former slave ship, the Ibis, into a transport vessel. 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.

They are Indian stereotypes – all filthy manners and disgusting personal habits – but also characters of force and imagination.

Initial Thoughts and Part I 20 19 Dec 15, I think the rave reviews are deserved and that this book is a huge accomplishment. This whole notion that British cruelly exploited Indians and India—though true—is not the Truth.

Amitav Ghosh : Sea of Poppies

A beautifully written historical novel about ‘s India in the grip of the opium trade. Soon, the lives of the farmers in North Central India ghos the landed gentry, or the zamindars of Bengal turn upside down, with the power of that intoxicating drug, which soon brings out the best in some men, and the worst in others Useless to the farmers, yes, but highly profitable to the East India Company.

The description of a walk through an opium refining plant is worth the price of admission. While the plot is too complex for neat summary, a resonant theme is transformation and rebirth. When her husband dies, Deeti sends Kabutri poplies stay with relatives.

However, the end of the story left a lot of unanswered questions. His English is just excellent. The Ghazipur opium factory is still in operation. The insight into the opium trade and the British global plantation and sew trade, are brought to life and are really quite shocking.


There was not a soul, psyche or physical body devoid of its impact in the xea ce The title of this book is so spot-on.

Aug 18, Daren rated it really liked it Shelves: It was wonderful to see the opium trade from a multiplicity of perspectives, classes, idioms, and ethnicities. It is almost as though he stops telling his tale mid sentence. Thus, we join along in their lives, as they endeavour a journey to face what destiny has in store for them It has a huge, Dickensian cast that 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 tak 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.

The range of characters is diverse and creates great opportunities for very interesting clashes of culture and perspective. He begins in the villages of eastern Bihar with Deeti, soon to be widowed; her addicted husband, who works at the British opium factory at Ghazipur; and Kalua, a low-caste carter of colossal strength and resource.

You need to read all three. American chattel slavery, personified by Ibis, an ex-slave ship. Yet somehow there seems to be little going on under the surface — it’s thematically a bit hollow and I kept feeling that I should be liking it more than I was. The biscuits are soggy, sandwiches are musty and the Darjeeling brew is insipid. I may, however, in the future.

It got to the stage that whenever I saw his name I would immediately skip onto the next paragraph ;oppies not even attempt to decipher his butchered attempts at English.