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Sea of Poppies (Paperback)

Author:  Amitav Ghosh
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312428596
ISBN-13: 9780312428594
Sku: 211282760
Publish Date: 9/29/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  543
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Preparing to fight Chinas nineteenth-century Opium Wars, a motley assortment of sailors and passengers establish family-like ties that eventually span continents, races, and generations. *Author: Ghosh, Amitav *Publication Date: 2009/09/29 *Number of Pages: 543 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25
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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).
The setting of Amitov Ghosh's deeply compelling novel is China during the time of the Opium Wars, when British colonial powers forced the mass cultivation of opium along the banks of the Ganges, relentlessly pushed the addictive drug on the people of China, and turned to military force to protect the dark trade when the Chinese emperor decreed a ban on the flower. Against this unsettling backdrop, Ghosh assembles a cast of characters as motley and exotic as they are psychologically rich and complex: the young wife of an opium addict, raped by her brother-in-law, and barely rescued from being forced to burn herself alive; her savior and lover, a lower-caste man who becomes the target of a massive manhunt; the daughter of a French scientist who was raised by an Indian nanny; a freed slave from Baltimore with a mysterious past; and many more, each as colorfully evoked as the novel's lustrous descriptions. All eventually become passengers aboard the Ibis, a ship bound for Africa, and the interplay at sea of their histories, motivations, and desires is a pleasure to read. SEA OF POPPIES was selected as one of the Best Books of the Year by Publishers Weekly and short-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2008.


"Coarseness and violence, cruelty and fatalism are relieved with flashes of emotion and kindness....[SEA OF POPPIES] is profoundly moving." - John Murray 06/06/2008

"Ghosh writes with impeccable control, and with a vivid and sometimes surprising imagination..." 10/27/2008

"It is a rollicking tale, or rather collection of tales--politically forceful, historically fascinating, and rarely subtle...,this new work is a linguistic triumph." - Cathleen Schine 01/15/2009

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