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|University Books Details|
|Imprint||Penguin Books India|
|Number of Pages||528 Pages|
|Territorial Rights||Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal|
|Authored By||Amitav Ghosh|
Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. He studied at the universities of Delhi and Oxford, and has taught at a number of institutions. River of Smoke is the second in the Ibis trilogy, which was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and The Hindu Lit...View More
Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. He studied at the universities of Delhi and Oxford, and has taught at a number of institutions. River of Smoke is the second in the Ibis trilogy, which was shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and The Hindu Literary Prize in 2011. The first of the trilogy, the bestselling Sea of Poppies, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. Ghoshs other works include The Circle of Reason (Prix Mdicis tranger Award), The Shadow Lines (Sahitya Akademi Award), In an Antique Land, The Calcutta Chromosome (Arthur C. Clarke Award), Dancing in Cambodia and Other Essays, Countdown, The Glass Palace (Grand Prize for Fiction at the Frankfurt International e-books Awards), The Imam and the Indian and The Hungry Tide (Best Work in English Fiction, Hutch Crossword Book Award). In 2007 he was awarded the Grinzane Cavour Prize and in 2010 the Dan David Prize.Amitav Ghosh currently divides his time between Calcutta, Goa and Brooklyn.
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Aug 5, 2015
Beautiful and terribly vivid book
Mar 30, 2015
In the shadow of Opium
Feb 14, 2015
worth a read
Sep 17, 2014
Must read book - A Literary masterpiece
Aug 25, 2014
Poppies, The English, natives and a rich tapestry of human emotions
Dec 28, 2011
Immersive virtual reality!To me, Sea of Poppies is the best work of fiction that Amitav Ghosh has ever produced, and that's saying something!
Sep 17, 2014
Must read book - A Literary masterpieceThis 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 its kind which only Amitav Ghosh can write.Not everyone will understand.It talks a lot about the East India company and about a history that few of us would have heard of.Its very surprising to hear that Opium was cultivates in large quantities in India and that some communities very actively involved in cultivation of plants like indigo and opium.This book is unputdownlable.Its an understatement … (Expand)
Jun 29, 2014
Book arrived in terrible shareThe book arrived in terrible shape -- the jacket is pockmarked with water and other assorted stains, some of the pages are also stained. For a full price product flipkart should have better quality control in place.
Nov 1, 2013
Beautiful writingThe book is so fluid in its portrayal...that the vivid pictures as described by the writer would emerge infront of you.
Feb 8, 2012
A journey through the life of charactersAnother good work by Mr. Ghosh. He is a master in creating characters and you get so involved with them that you want to know what their future holds. However, it will take you the first 100 or so pages to get used to the language used by the author and also to know the characters of the story. But I think its pretty reasonable considering the fact that this is the first part of 'Ibis' trilogy. It is not the usual 'juicy' fiction but will still keep you engrossed. A must have for the fans of Amitav Ghosh.
Jan 30, 2012
Impressive, Addictive and Engrossing StoryAmitav Ghosh has done a huge amount of research into the background of life 200 years ago in India. This is a truly engrossing historical novel that starts out in India of the 1830s, against the background of the opium trade between the East India Co. and China.The first part of a trilogy, the novel tells the story of how a variety of people come to find themselves on a ship, the IBIS, and of the events on board just as it is starting out on its voyage.But is more than that.Ghosh brings the India of the 1830s alive with vivid descriptions of Calcutta as it was called then, the lives of those w… (Expand)
Aug 5, 2015
Beautiful and terribly vivid bookThis is a book that surely lives up to its reputation. A very well researched book set at the onset of the 1st opium wars between British East India Company and China.
Mar 30, 2015
In the shadow of OpiumHistorical fiction is that rare thing that is difficult to research, hard to put into fiction and harder still to make it gripping. Amitav Ghosh has succeeded in doing all three and more in his Ibis trilogy and the 'Sea of Poppies' is our entryway into the great world that he creates.The Ibis trilogy aims to bring alive the opium trade, from its origins in India to its eventual destination of China along the way exploring the migratory history of the Indian people across the Indian ocean. This novel in particular traces the origins of the opium trade which Ghosh himself calls 'the dirty secret… (Expand)
Feb 14, 2015
worth a readA good read, esp. for those interested in the british raj era. although the sequel isn't all that engrossing..
Aug 25, 2014
Poppies, The English, natives and a rich tapestry of human emotionsDo you like slow, steadily engrossing human story without too much of literary jugglery? If yes, this novel will be a very good one for you. The story revolves around a couple with a little daughter, who got caught in the vortex of "Afeem", a touching relationship between a "Phirang" lady and a man, man enough to act as her brother in the face of extreme adversities, a bankrupt "Zamindar" and his last hurrah before he is summarily punished, a "Subedar" typifying the invertebrate "peoples" of his ilk and three Englishmen with a bizzare and sometimes phlegmatic relationships between them in the … (Expand)