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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh. 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-sp At the heart of this vibrant saga is a vast ship, the Ibis. 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. Paperbackpages. Published May 1st by John Murray Publisher first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Sea of Poppiesplease sign up. Does any know,which character in this novel,is based on real persons? He stumbled upon mention of a zemindar named Pran …more Actually Ghosh states in an interview that the story for Neel Rattan Halder came from his research. He stumbled upon mention of a zemindar named Pran Krishna Ov, spelled as “Prawn Kissin Halder” who was tried for forgery. This is where Neel’s story comes from.
Don’t read this question if you haven’t finished the book. Did Deepti and Zachary ever meet somewhere along the way in the book and I missed it? Because it seemed to be akitav big deal in the end. John Shell This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ No, that is their first meeting, ghsoh though the book mentions that Deeti foresaw their meeting and Zachary will later be added to her shrine.
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Their …more No, that is their first meeting, even though the book wea that Deeti foresaw their meeting and Zachary will later be added to her shrine. Their meeting is ppoppies because it is their first meeting and they are arguably the two most prominent characters in the book. See all 4 questions about Sea of Poppies…. Lists with This Book. 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.
On the face of it, Sea of Poppies seems the more enjoyable. 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.
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 takes in dramatic rescues, nefarious Brits, girls-dressed-as-boys, floggings and secret assignations and portentous items of jewelry.
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. At first glance, it’s the sort of writing that should really appeal to me, because Ghosh’s entry into this world and to these characters is all linguistic. In this floating bazar there was everything a ship or a lascar might need: I have a high tolerance for indeed love of opaque vocabulary, but even I found it wearing here — the effect is too extreme to come across as anything but parodic.
It’s hard not to wish he’d been a smidgen more sparing in how he used this research. Though I found it strangely unsatisfying, there is a lot to like here, really — lush, gothic descriptions of an opium factory, a British jail, the hold of a slaving vessel are all well worth the cover price, and the characters are so bizarre that they rarely struggle to hold your interest.
I had a lot of fun, but I don’t feel in a mad rush to read the rest of the trilogy.
View all 24 comments. Aug 22, Praveen rated it it was amazing. I give a high place to Ghosh among contemporary English Authors from India. A saga of a ship, the Ibis, in the Indian Ocean and beautiful depiction of local characters in typical Indian way enthralled me and it kept me engaged with its characters and story.
This is a sprawling novel and its historical treatment is wonderful. I am sure, as Ghosh also acknowledges that he has toiled really hard, doing research of this certain period from the past. He has masterfully woven the economic hardship and el I give a high place to Ghosh among contemporary English Authors from India. He has masterfully woven the economic hardship and elements of British imperialism of early 19th century India.
This is very panoramic, rich in both suspense and satire.
Story revolves around the opium trade and encompasses poverty and riches, expectations and despair in a very off language. Imaginative capacities of Ghosh are always awesome and the way he has sda his sentences with full elements of local languages here in this novel engrossed me in the plot. It consists of everything Love interests, village atrocities, betrayal,voyage, comic scenes, lots of water and many more elements.
During village weddings,it was always the women who sang when the bride was torn from her parents embrace This night of parting? View all 17 comments. It has been said that the Ibis, a seafaring schooner, bound from Baltimore to Calcutta and destined to transport opium to China lay at the heart of this story and while I agree that the Ibis is central to the tale being told, the true heart of this saga and what ultimately brings together a diverse cast of characters is opium. Ghosh expertly weaves together t It has been said that the Ibis, a seafaring schooner, bound from Baltimore to Calcutta and destined to transport opium to China lay at the heart of this story and while I agree that the Ibis is central to the tale being told, the true heart of this saga and what ultimately brings together a diverse cast of characters is opium.
Ghosh expertly weaves amifav the back stories of a colourful cast including among many others: The narrative is peppered, most especially in the beginning, with slang, pidgin and many different dialects, which at first I found quite disconcerting and overwhelming as I struggled to poppise every word.
Fortunately though I realized soon enough that I was able to comprehend the gist of things just fine and decided henceforth to stop fretting about it and just allow the words and dialogue to wash over me. Ghosh paints a very dark picture of humanity at this time and place, showcasing how governments in this case British and Indian lord it over others of lesser means and status, both on and off board, the great ship Ibis.
While no doubt accurate it can be difficult to have a front row seat from which to view the often inhumane treatment that some people willingly and righteously inflict on others.
While I may have initially and through much of the reading of this first instalment been inclined to award this five full stars, the ending left much to be desired. Ghosh leaves the reader literally drenched and clinging to the storm swept deck of the Ibis, completely unaware of the immediate fate of the very people he has spent the last odd pages making you care about. It is almost as though he stops telling his tale mid sentence.
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. Yes that would no doubt have quite successfully pissed me off.
So be forewarned and arm yourself with River of Smoke before you set sail on this journey over the black water which I highly recommend amitavv take. View all 22 comments. View all 6 comments. View all 18 comments. The title of this book is so spot-on.
While an interesting cast of characters populated the story of opium: These happy little flowers invaded every single aspect of land, sea and all things alive, even innocent animals. There was not a soul, psyche or physical body devoid of its od in the nineteenth ce The title of this book is so spot-on.
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There was not a soul, psyche or physical body devoid of its impact in the nineteenth century. I started this book two years ago but set it aside for a time which promised me more hours to proceed. The initial dialects, or should it be called forms aitav English, demanded concentration, but it formed such an intricate part of the plot, since it was a world in one story, that I wanted to be more prepared for the poppjes of the tale.
And what a compassionate, gripping saga it turned out to be! Textured, colorful, atmospheric, picturesque, descriptive, gripping, holistic. It is just a perfect historical fiction experience. However, after so much time spent in the lives of these intriguing characters, nobody wants to be left hanging at an abrupt, inconclusive cliffhanger ending. And that’s where it lost a star. This book, as a stand-alone could have been a perfect read. Nevertheless, I already started the next book in this trilogy, so will catch up with my new family.
You need to read all three. The author must be congratulated. This is an exceptional piece of word art. View all 5 comments. Feb 04, Peter rated it really liked it Shelves: The story starts in on the eve of the first opium wars. Deeti is the initial character introduced to the story and she is the widow of an opium-addicted husband and avoids the immolation pyre a tradition she should have undergone to follow a vision of a journey on an ocean-going ship.
The IBIS is that ship and she escapes her fate with help, to establish a new destiny. On the Ibis’ travels to bring coolies from Calcutta to the sugar estates of Mauritius, it assembles a fascinating group of characters, with Deeti, joined by Kalua a low-caste servant, Raja Neel Rattan a bankrupt landowner, Paulette a young French botanist and her Indian foster-brother Jodu, Zachary an American sailor, Benjamin Burnham an unscrupulous British merchant, and his agent Baboo Nob Kissin.
The group face all sorts of adventures and trials and there is that inevitable cultural collision between the Indian caste system and the Western world. With the Raja, there is a wonderful gradual erosion of his lofty position, as he becomes bankrupt and his social standing starts to disintegrate.
How will other now see and deal with him, especially the low-caste Indians?