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Sea Of Poppies is a master piece by a master storyteller , a cliche I dare say.But, Amitava Ghosh is brilliant storyteller and his story of myriad characters aboard a slave ship carrying indentured laborers from north India (south west Bihar and eastern U.P.), prisoners etc. with a Mulatto as its head and an Opium Trader as the owner brings before before us an era which we feel so far away as to be irrelevant and better be forgotten about. Indeed we had forgotten about them all but the Author brings all the characters alive and makes us relate to them.
As an Indian, this brought before me a forgotten chapter of my History (colonial India) which hitherto had been appluaded for all the British brought to us (English language included) . This book and its characters brought to life the fact how British colonised India and enslave China by supplying Opium (growm in India ) to it. Infact, the novel hints at the buliding up of the First Opium War with China.It might sound anachronistic in present era with freedom as theme but brings forth the fact that economic enslavement can be much more or equally devastating as conquering land.
Besides, the characters are well etched out. Their motives, changes in rhe Indian social system(a Rajah being convicted, a Rajput woman Deeti fleeing with a low-caste Bheema , taboo even in present day India), ruination of local economy (symbolized by the Opium Factory), new opportunities (Gumashta), the prejudices of the era (Mullatto vs. the White ), are well illustrated . The language is fluid and contains enough local dialect words without diluting the fact that narration is in English. English language is being wielded by a magician of words to provide a lyrical picture, a song sung by our ancestors which was lost somewhere in the ether.
The words paint pictures and the novel is graphic enough without descending into a landscape . Rather, the harmony of landscape and players on it is a beautifully done mosaic which covers a huge canvas but is coherent enough to present a vast picture of amazing clarity.
The way the story threads and charaters intertwine makes us feel a part of the voyage. I for one, am definitely looking forward to going forrader on the Voyage and waiting eagerly for the sequel. Cruise along this voyage , not as a pleasure ride but as a ride with history and to experience past so as to have a better perspective on the present and future, to be one with tradition and yet lok at it with all new eyes.
 

Beautiful writing

User Review  - Rahul Kotabage - Flipkart

The book is so fluid in its portrayal...that the vivid pictures as described by the writer would emerge infront of you. Pure joy of reading the writing style more than anything else!! Read full review

Immersive virtual reality!

User Review  - RB - Flipkart

To me, Sea of Poppies is the best work of fiction that Amitav Ghosh has ever produced, and that's saying something! The descriptions of people and places sucks one in and refuses to let go. The ... Read full review

A gripping tale.. transports you back in time!

User Review  - Subhojit Dey - Flipkart

Amitav Ghosh has been one of my most favorite writers among those writing historical fiction/fiction. I have read most of his books and couldn't miss this one. This is a gripping tale that transports ... Read full review

Must read book - A Literary masterpiece

User Review  - Sudhiir Krishnan - Flipkart

This book is a literary masterpiece.I read this book a long time ago. I enjoyed it. I would argue that this book is certainly not for you if you like Chetan Bhagat.This is a very unique novel,one of ... Read full review

Awesome, awesome, awesome!

User Review  - Adite Banerjie - Flipkart

Sea of Poppies is an adventure/historical fiction that will take your breath away. In terms of its canvas it doesn't get any bigger or better than this -- poppy fields of the Ganges, aboard a storm ... Read full review

A fine work of fiction

User Review  - Arindam Moulick - Flipkart

The first book in the Ibis trilogy. What a book! I finished reading this novel in two weeks and was left wanting for more. One had to wait for the next book River of Smoke which was due in the year ... Read full review

This book will give definitely give you a High.

User Review  - Samir Bodkhe - Flipkart

Plot:The story follows different characters and at some point they come together in the same boat(literally).The story is based in colonial times with characters beautifully carved out.It is a Bengal ... Read full review

Enthralling and addictive-A perfect 'Ghosh'

User Review  - Saranya Biswas - Flipkart

I am an ardent fan of Amitav Ghosh.In the present scenario of Indian English Literature which is scattered with juvenile writings in an english language which can,t be termed 'Pedestrian'as its even ... Read full review

Excellent ethnographic novel

User Review  - Ravi SS - Flipkart

A very good ethnographic work that would be of interest to the lay reader as well as students of history, enthography, anthropology and development studies. The book is extremely absorbing and offers ... Read full review


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