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Published in the year 2011, River Of Smoke is a novel that revolves around the Opium trade, which originated from the poppy fields in India.
Summary Of The Book
River Of Smoke is the second novel in the The Ibis Saga trilogy, which revolves around the opium trade, which led to the Opium Wars in China. In this second novel, the opium drug is on its way to China, and three ships are brought together due to an unexpected storm.
One of the three ships, The Anahita, was carrying an opium cargo to China, and it’s owner was Bahram Modi, a Parsi businessman, who was the son-in-law of a wealthy shipbuilder. With the passing away of his father-in-law, Modi’s brother-in-law tries his best to convince him to stop the business. However, Modi decided to quit, but only after his last order, which was to ship opium to China, before the ban on this substance came into effect.
Ah fat, who is Modi’s son, and Neel Rattan, who is a landlord, are both convicts, having escaped from The Ibis. The three of them meet Paulette Lambert, and Fitcher Penrose, near Canton. What happens next? Read on to find out.
About Amitav Ghosh
Amitav Ghosh is a renowned Bengali author from India.
Apart from this book, Ghosh has written a number of other books, and they include Dancing In Cambodia And At Large In Burma, The Calcutta Chromosome, In An Antique Land (1992), and The Glass Palace (2000).
Ghosh was born on the July 11, 1956, in Calcutta, India. He completed his schooling from The Doon School, and later went on to attend St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. He later attended the Delhi School Of Economics, and finished his D. Phil in Social Anthropology from St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He first began work at the Indian Express newspaper company in New Delhi. He now resides in New York, along with his spouse, Deborah Baker, who is the senior editor at Little, Brown And Company. In the year 2007, Ghosh was awarded with the Padma Shri by the Indian Government. He is also a visiting professor at several universities, including Harvard University. He is also a fellow of the Centre For Studies In Social Sciences, Calcutta.
|Number of Pages||560 Pages|
|Awards||Longlisted Man Asian Literary Prize|
It was with mixed feelings of anticipation and fear of disappointment that I began reading the River of Smoke many weeks after I bought the book and at the end of one long reading session by the poolside in Sentosa, my fears were justified. All the wonderful skills that one admires in Amitav Ghosh's works come to light but so do, in equal measure, the failings. His style of writing, it almost seems like a travel book complete with history and anthropology making the story come to life, is so endearing that one cannot resist any piece of writing that has his name on it. His ability to deligh... (Expand)
This is a good book. Let me say that from the start. I read Sea of Poppies and I loved it. I loved it because it was engaging and filled with plot and twists and turns.
If that book is hot, then this one is thanda. There is less of plot and a lot of deliberation mostly on the philosophical aspects of trade. In between are (potentially) useful snippets on botany and painting and Amitav creates this illusion of Canton as the perfect city to be in in the 1800's before the Opium War.
The first one, being called Sea of Poppies, followed the trail of opium in it's production and this one follow... (Expand)
I read this book, couldn't wait to buy it off the book shelf and then actually read it too.
Amitav doesn't quite outdo himself in this one, but keeps the momentum from Sea of Poppies. This book focuses on Macau and the drums beat closer to the Opium War. I'm guessing the third book will wholly focus on the war and its aftermath.
Again, the story transports you to a different part of the world, that you may well be familiar with, but did not quite connect to India. Focusses on Balram Singh, and Ah Fatt's relationship, the life of the old age NRIs and their businesses & interactions w... (Expand)
I woudnt go as far as to say that Ghosh has outdone himself with 'The River of Smoke' but it nonetheless is indeed another illuminating and mesmerizing journey, typical of Ghosh, where the characters all find their fate a bit too intertwined. The novel drags a bit towards the beginning but it's most striking setback would be the biased set-point of the characters, which Ghosh has considered as use and throw objects where in he brings them in the story and banishes them too upon his whims, abruptly!
Have been following Amitav Ghosh for long and his masterpieces are just amazing. The details, the pictures painted by his words - they just stay with you for a long time. But the most important thing is the way his books have added and changed my perspective regarding the history of various things. Waiting for the 3rd part now!
Have been following Amitav Ghosh for long and his masterpieces are just amazing. The details, the pictures painted by his words - they just stay with you for a long time. But the most important thing is the way his books have added and changed my perspective regarding the history of various thing... (View complete review)
Amitav Ghosh has done it again.River of smoke is equally entertaining and educational about the lives of india at british times. (View complete review)
Its a breath taking journey!
Absolutely absorbing and delightful
Another riveting masterpiece from Amitav.
Must Read. (View complete review)
It was a timely delivery in good condition! Although its time Flipkart should think giving some incentive to the returning & loyal customers. After all, competition is increasing day by day in online market too! (View complete review)