This rollicking adventure story about colonial India was beaten to the 2008 Booker Prize by The White Tiger a novel that trades on its ritty 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 enjoyable It has a huge Dickensian cast that includes a fallen Rajah a Chinese opium addict a European Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War girlone native a cross dressing reincarnated saint an American freedman and a poppy farmer s widow and its plot takes in dramatic rescues nefarious Brits A Silent Ocean Away: Colette's Dominion girls dressed as boys floggings and secret assignations and portentous items of jewelry Yet somehow there seems to be littleoing on under the surface it s thematically a bit hollow and I kept feeling that I should be liking it than I wasAt first The Magic Question 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 Every character has their own ludicrous demotic with our American second mate exclaiming Grease us twice What the hell you pesticatin me for while Paulette a young Frenchwoman speaks in an entertaining but completely implausible Franglais you are just pleasanting me he was uite bouleversed The main narrative voice meanwhile is a hallucinogenic Anglo Indian farrago that has been turned up to eleven like Hobson Jobson in an opium dream the density of the following paragraph is not untypicalIn this floating bazar there was everything a ship or a lascar might need canvas by theudge spare jugboolaks and zambooras coils of istingis and rup yan stacks of seetulpatty mats tobacco by the batti rolls of neem twigs for the teeth martabans of isabgol for constipation and jars of columbo root for dysentery one ungainly A Writer's Reference with Writing about Literature with 2009 MLA and 2010 APA Updates gordower even had a choolaoing with a halwai frying up fresh jalebisI have a high tolerance for indeed love of opaue vocabulary but even I found it wearing here the effect is too extreme to come across as anything but parodic Tellingly Ghosh reserves a special thank you in his afterword for the dictionarists whose work he so assiduously plundered not just Hobson Jobson but also a variety of colonial era slang lists and lossaries like A Laskari Dictionary or Anglo Indian Vocabulary of Nautical Terms and Phrases in English and Hindustani It s hard not to wish he d been a smidgen sparing in how he used this researchThough I found it strangely unsatisfying there is a lot to like here really lush othic 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 It has been said that the Ibis a seafaring schooner bound from Balti 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 Rich in historical detail and panoramic views of land and sea this story is set in the 1830 s just on the cusp of the opium wars in China Ghosh expertly weaves together
THE BACK STORIES OF A COLOURFUL CAST INCLUDING AMONG back stories of a colourful cast including among others a widowed opium farmer from the banks of the Ganges the mulatto son of a Maryland freedwoman the orphaned daughter of a French botanist a bankrupt raja and an opium addict from China while deftly imbuing the readers involvement in and concern for the fate of these people and their loved ones The narrative is peppered most especially in the beginning with *Slang Pidgin And Many Different *pidgin and many different which at first I found uite disconcerting and overwhelming as I struggled to understand every word Fortunately though I realized soon enough that I was able to comprehend the ist 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 overnments in this case British and Indian lord it over others of lesser means and status both on and off board the An Audience of Artists: Dada, Neo-Dada, and the Emergence of Abstract Expressionism 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 500 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 nowiven 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 uite 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 you take TransformationThis is the first epic instalment of the IBIS Trilogy The story starts in 1838 on the eve Das neue roße Epos voller Geschichten und Geschichte vom Autor des Weltbestsellers „Der Glaspalast“1838 Am Oberlauf des Ganges schuften die Menschen für die britische Opiumindustrie Verfolgung Intrigen und Not vereinen eine Gruppe von Flüchtlingen als Schicksalsgemeinschaft auf der »Ibis« einem ehemaligen Sklavenschiff Die »Ibis« ist Hoffnung und Strafe Zukunft und Endstation zugleich Und hinter der Mündung des Ganges wartet die Ungewissheit Unterdrückung und Kolonialismus das Aufeinanderprallen von Kulturen Liebe und Hass sind die roßen Themen bei Ghosh Spannendes soziales Drama und literarischer Abenteuerroman zugleichDie junge Diti lebt und arbeitet mit ihrer 6 jährigen Tochter Kabutri und ihrem Mann Hukam Singh auf einer Mohnfarm Diti hat Tagträume Visionen in denen sie ein Schiff unter Segeln sieht das den Fluss herauf kommt Noch nie war sie am Meer am »Schwarzen Wasser« und kann sich die Vision nicht erklären Doch si.
Amitav Ghosh ½ 1 CHARACTERSE pain of a child who is exiled from homeHow will it pass This night of parting A must read polyphonic saga from Amitav Ghosh donald harington recommended this book to me and now that he s one i can t even talk about it with him and that is what i was thinking the whole time i was reading this book if i hadn t had to read it for school i would have waited until the other two books in the trilogy were published so i could have had at them all at once but again school screws up my plans it s an amazingly uick read i was under the impression that i was supposed to have read it for yesterday s class so i zipped through it in a day and a half which is way uicker than i read the known world a less fun and much shorter book also for class this book is just vibrant it too is a sprawling narrative with a huge list of characters but this one has pirates and drugs and a man rowing boobs so it s familiar territory than slave owning for me shortest review ever i know you re welcome dana but i have to Anthropology as Cultural Critique: An Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences get back to my stupid paper about collection development and somehow write at least 5 pages on a topic i feel i have already exhausted cliffs notes for this review it is fun andood read it The title of this book is so spot on While an interesting cast of characters populated the story of opium from the empoverished villages of India to the compromised users in China with the movers and shakers of colonialism in between only one element dictated the outcome and that was poppies 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 impact in the nineteenth centuryI started this book two years ago but set it aside for a time which promised me hours to proceed The initial dialects or should it be called forms of 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 prepared for the rest of the taleAnd what a compassionate Anaphora and Conceptual Structure gripping saga it turned out to be All the hours invested in this 500 pages was worth it Textured colorful atmospheric picturesue descriptiveripping holistic It is just a perfect historical fiction experienceHowever 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 Just be forewarned You need to read all threeThe author must be congratulated This is an exceptional piece of word art A masterpiece indeed A beautifully written historical novel about 1830 s India in the rip of the opium trade The characters are just as diverse as the British Empire itself each with their own dialects and idiosyncracies all brought together by the opium trade s many tentacled hands into the Ibis on a voyage that will irrevocably changed them forever The author has obviously done a massive amount of research into the period and this novel is so rich with details that it could veritably serve as an this novel is so rich with details that it could veritably serve as an of early 19th century Indian life both at sea and on land However this was never allowed to stifle the narrative which deftly moves between a half dozen main characters and different settings with ease The novel is as chock full of exciting incidents as a door stopper 19th century adventure yarn without abandoning a realism which makes it a compelling page turner The humorous episodes largely supplied by the Falstaffian figure of Baboo Nob Kissin enlivens the story between accounts of opium addiction imprisonment and various corporal punishmentsGhosh s experiment with Anglo Indian dialects adds tremendously to the authenticity of the voices of the characters although sometimes it could be rather distracting especially in the earlier part of the story There is a lossary The Chrestomaty appended to the end of the book which is uite useful to decipher the various lingos but regretfully not all of the words used is included Obviously it would be helpful if all the words are included so that readers wouldn t miss any bit of dialogueProbably Ghosh s best and most impressive work to date As this is said to be the first part of a projected trilogy I ll be waiting with bated breath for the next installmentWrite uickly Mr Ghosh If I had known this book was the first part of a trilogy the other books as yet unwritten and that the book was not complete unto itself in other words this saga is a serial rather than a series I would probably not have bought it And then I would have missed a book interesting for its historical period the Opium Wars with China about which I knew nothing for its finely drawn characters and Betrayals generalood all round storytelling This is *Really A 5 Star Book But I *a 5 star book *but I only iving it 4 stars because any serious review would be *I only iving it 4 stars because any serious review would be spoiler and this book is so ood I wouldn t want to do that and because I am pissed off at the author for finishing the story uite arbitarily and without having published the next chapter the next book in the trilogy All I can say to Amitav Ghosh is hurry up man I m waiting what happens nex. Ross the Indian Ocean; its purpose to fight China’s vicious nineteenth century Opium Wars As for the crew they are a motley array of sailors and stowaways coolies and convicts In a time of colonial upheaval fate has thrown together a diverse cast of Indians and Westerners from a bankrupt raja to a widowed tribeswoman from a mulatto American freedman to a freespirited 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 An unlikely dynasty is born which will span continents races and enerations The vast sweep of this historical adventure spans the lush poppy fields of the Ganges the rolling high seas the exotic backstreets of China But it is the panorama of characters whose diaspora encapsulates the vexed colonial history of the East itself that makes Sea of Poppies so breathtakingly alive a masterpiece from one of the world’s finest novelists. F the first opium wars Deeti is the central character of 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 Bitter Choices: Blue-Collar Women in and out of Work going ship The IBIS is that ship and she escapes her fate with help to establish a new destiny in another landOn the Ibis travels to recruit coolies from Calcutta to the sugar estates of Mauritius it assembles a fascinatingroup 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 roup 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 radual 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 IndiansThe story is a powerful and dramatic tour through mid 19th century British Indian history with fictional characters that feel so real The insight into the opium trade and the British Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War global plantation and slavery trade are brought to life and are really uite shocking The range of characters is diverse and createsreat opportunities for very interesting clashes of culture and perspectiveThe language details are incredibly authentic and a lot of research has Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French gone into the traits of dialects and slang language from sailors to servants and from merchants to Rajas For many the dialogue is what makes this book really stand apart With dialogue such as Malum had cuttee he head He said What you wanchee this piece boy He blongi boat bugger no can learn ship pijjin Better he wailo chop chop I can appreciate the authenticity of the language and terms associated with sailing and Indian collouialisms but for me it does interrupt the story so much that it slowed my reading considerably Others may find this a real positive but I found it a little difficultoingI would recommend reading this book for the wonderful insights into that period and the imaginary portrayed with the characters and locations Sea of Poppies is an excellent and superb story of people thrown together in an adventure that will affect them all forever What an interesting and unusual read Sea Poppies is set in 1830 during the turbulent world of the the Opium tradeA large section of this book is set in India with the final uarter being set on board a schooner called the Ibis The novel has a large cast of characters you could say too many at times We hear the stories of Zachary sailing from Boston to Calcutta in the Ibis Raja Neel Rattan Halder s fall from Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America grace a Frenchirl Paulette s unusual childhood At Stake: Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public Culture growing up with a servant s child as her best friend Deeti who is married to an opium addict in a small rural village and the wonderfully named Nob Kissin Pander aomusta agent responsible for shipping migrants with his strange obsessions and physical transformation as well as many othersEventually as their stories are told they board the Ibis setting
SAIL FOR MAURITIUSTHE THEMES THAT INTERESTEDfor MauritiusThe themes that interested the most were the caste system in *INDIA THE HARSHNESS OF THE OPIUM TRADE BRITISH COLONISATION *the harshness of the opium trade British colonisation the possibility of reinventing oneself if freed from social constraints There is drama betrayal a fall from Black Nationalism: The Search for an Identity grace an attempt at Sati a wife joining her husband on his funeral pyre storms at sea depictions prison life violence and adventureThe dialogue is amazing it is colourful and whirls along with native words thrown carelessly into the sentences I feel that Amitav Ghosh is really having fun with the languages and the many collouialisms he uses At the beginning I felt this slowed my reading pace but I soon settled into the writing This is the first book in the Ibis Trilogy and I m really looking forward to reading the next instalment Iive a high place to Ghosh among contemporary English Authors from IndiaA 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 storyThis 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 elements of British imperialism of early 19th century IndiaThis is very panoramic rich in both suspense and satireThe story revolves around the opium trade and encompasses poverty and riches expectations and despair in a very drunk languageImaginative capacities of Ghosh are always awesome and the way he has written his sentences with full elements of local languages here in this novel engrossed me in the plotIt consists of everything Love interests village atrocities betrayal voyage comic scenes lots of water and many elementsDuring village weddings it was always the women who sang when the bride was torn from her parent s embraceMen remain silentas if they were acknowledging through their silence that they as men had no words to describe th. E ahnt dass sie vor einer roßen Veränderung in ihrem Leben stehen könnteBis zum Tag der arrangierten Hochzeit mit Diti hat Hukam seine Opiumsucht verschwiegen die ihn längst zeugungsunfähig emacht hat Diti Hukam seine Opiumsucht verschwiegen die ihn längst zeugungsunfähig Boggs: A Comedy of Values gemacht hat Diti dass sie in der Hochzeitsnacht unter Drogenesetzt und von ihrem Schwager vergewaltigt wurde Als Hukam nach einem Unfall in der Fabrik stirbt will Diti sich deshalb lieber verbrennen lassen als mit ihrem Schwager zusammenzuleben In letzter Sekunde wird sie von dem Unberührbaren Kalua Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago gerettet und die beiden fliehen auf dem Ganges stromabwärts nach Kalkutta Als sie nach einer abenteuerlichen Reise dort ankommt erblickt sie das Schiff aus ihren Visionen und versteht endlich dass sie als Teil einer Schicksalsgemeinschaft das Land und ihr bisheriges Leben hinter sich lassen wirdHistorienepos Gesellschafts und Abenteuerroman zugleich At the heart of this vibrant saga is a vast ship the Ibis Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage ac.