Sea of Poppies
Publish date: 2008-06-12
Publisher: John Murray
Pages no: 533
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Asian Literature
, Indian Literature
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...
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...
2.5 starsI concur with Jessica Hislop's review.
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...
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...