By Amitav Ghosh
The first in an epic trilogy, Sea of Poppies is "a remarkably wealthy saga . . . which has lots of motion and experience à l. a. Dumas, yet moments additionally of Tolstoyan penetration--and a drop or of Dickensian sentiment" (The Observer [London]).
At the guts of this brilliant saga is an enormous send, the Ibis. Her future is a tumultuous voyage around the Indian Ocean presently prior to the outbreak of the Opium Wars in China. In a time of colonial upheaval, destiny has thrown jointly a various forged 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 previous kin ties are washed away, they, like their ancient opposite numbers, come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais, or ship-brothers. The significant sweep of this old experience spans the plush poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling excessive seas, and the unique backstreets of Canton. With a landscape of characters whose diaspora encapsulates the vexed colonial background of the East itself, Sea of Poppies is "a storm-tossed experience necessary of Sir Walter Scott" (Vogue).
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