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Soon a squeaking wheel announced the arrival of the ox-cart that would take Hukam Singh to the factory where he worked, in Ghazipur, three miles away. Story revolves around the opium trade and encompasses poverty and riches, expectations ot despair in a very drunk language.

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I recently picked up a copy of the third in the Ibis Trilogy, Flood of Fireand given it was about 6 years since Se read Sea of Poppies, and perhaps 4 for River of SmokeI thought I had better re-read these before the finale. We are no different from yhosh Pharaohs or the Mongols: Don’t get frustrated with the ending, though; look at it as the start of an epic adventure. Initial Thoughts and Part I 20 19 Dec 15, 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 understand every word.

Jun 12, Ashley rated it did not like it Shelves: This was the first book I’ve read by Amitav Ghosh, and while he’s writing his second book in the trilogy, I’m going to backtrack and read some of his other work. For example, Robin Chinnery, a main focus in the second novel, is dealt with in a single line in the last novel. If GR had half stars perhaps it would have been a 4. To ask other readers questions about Sea of Poppiesplease sign up.


The book shows us unpleasing and queer dimensions of the world of yore and manages to draw parallels with the contemporary world.

The vision of a tall-masted ship, at sail on the ocean, came to Deeti on an otherwise ordinary day, but she knew instantly that the apparition was a sign of destiny, for she had never seen such a vessel before, not even in a dream: Ghosh writes of the opium trade and the First Opium War.

A group of random individuals end up on a former slave ship as it makes it way from India to China during the opening years of the Opium Wars, in the first half of the 19th century.

Lascars, sepoys and nautch girls

Of course, you’ll get the jokes better if you’re an Indian, or acquainted with Indian culture. Ghosh loses patience – and in comes a cutlass-heaving lascar or a farting Sahib.

All the while I found myself comparing this novel to its disadvantage to Paul Scott’s The Raj Quartetwhich was poignant in its capture of the dying days of the British Raj. The language of the lascars I found to be a bit amitv at first but after a while you find yourself immersed. Burnham take Paulette in after her father’s death.

Now that the trade has come to a standstill, as a result of the resistance shown by the Chinese authorities, he is unable to clear his debt. Aug 18, Daren rated it really liked it Shelves: In Calcutta, Zachary is mistaken for a gentleman and enjoys society life.

Now, what is good about the book: There are the producers, users, and traffickers, all with complex mo “The truth is, popppies, that men do what their power permits them to do.

Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy, #1) by Amitav Ghosh

Ghosh finds the educational programme of the Scottian novel very much to his purpose. Mar 12, Ana Ovejero rated it really liked it. I was not disappointed. Ghosh’s characterization and pacing are superb, not to mention he wields effortless control over imagery and language.

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When her husband dies, Deeti sends Kabutri to stay with relatives. The story starts in on the eve of the first opium wars.

View all 20 comments. I gave this four stars first time around, and that hasn’t changed in my second reading.

Sea of Poppies

Globalization, with all its pluses and minuses, started much earlier than what we like to believe. I don’t know how much Mr. There are also a group of people being transported to work in Mauritius, many of whom were caught up in the cycle of being forced to grow poppies for the British opium trade with China. Numerous plot developments are facilitated by Nob Kissin Baboo, a Vaishnavite would-be priest who is working as an overseer for Mr Burnham and comes to believe that Zachary is an avatar of Krishna.

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.

I feel he had a lot of fun with this one more so then his others. Deeti is the initial character introduced to the story and she is the widow of an opium-addicted husband and avoids loppies immolation pyre a tradition she should have polpies to follow a vision of a journey on an ocean-going ship.

However, this was never allowed to stifle the narrative, which deftly moves between a half-dozen main characters and different settings with ease.