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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... show more
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).  
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780312428594 (0312428596)
ASIN: 0312428596
Publisher: Picador
Pages no: 560
Edition language: English
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Boston Bibliophile
Boston Bibliophile rated it
4.0 Sea of Poppies
Dense, gripping drama about a diverse cast of characters in 1800s India all in one way or another in the grip of the opium trade. Deeti is a married woman whose husband works harvesting and processing the stuff; Paulette is an orphan lodged with a missionary family; Zachary works on a ship transport...
Bibliomaniac Scarlet
Bibliomaniac Scarlet rated it
3.0 Sea of Poppies
3.5I understand why this would be Booker nominated. Seriously, I do. Sea of Poppies is a great book; I just feel it wasn't the book for me. Some parts were absolutely memorable, some were not. What was great: The book features a multitude of characters - an eclectic mix of people from different back...
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Ad Girl-Book Worm rated it
3.0
2.5 starsI concur with Jessica Hislop's review.
Whitney
Whitney rated it
4.0 Sea of Poppies
A ripping yarn involving a disparate cross-section of characters caught up in the opium trade. It definitely falls in the ‘adventure’ category; it clearly has the characters to root for and the ones to loathe. The book gives an excellent view on a personal level of how the opium trade affected colon...
Sacred Space
Sacred Space rated it
For all the hype it has generated, this book was sorely disappointing. It is a very fast read, and a good adventure yarn...and that is all. From a booker prize nominee, I expected something more.The characters lack depth. The bad guys are evil, the good guys good. And some, like Nob Kissin Pande...
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