Amitav Ghosh Flood of Fire

Amitav Ghosh Flood of Fire (English, Hardcover, Amitav Ghosh)

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Amitav Ghosh Flood of Fire  (English, Hardcover, Amitav Ghosh)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • Publisher: PENGUIN
    • Genre: Indian Writing
    • ISBN: 9780670082162, 0670082163
    • Edition: 2015
    • Pages: 624
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    The grand finale of the IBIS trilogy - the year's most anticipated novel. One of the masterpieces of twenty-first-century fiction' - Literary review / It is 1839. The British, whose opium exports to China have been blockaded by Beijing, are planning an invasion to force China's hand. Their demands - an island base on the Chinese coast from which to continue their trade and a princely sum in compensation for their losses.

    In Calcutta, Zachary Reid, an impoverished young sailor, dreams of his lost love and of a way to make his fortunes. His chance comes when the wealthy opium merchant Mr. Burnham gives him a job of a lifetime even as his wife provides Zachary with other allures.

    Heading towards Calcutta is Havildar Kesri with his captain, Neville Mee, to lead a regiment of Indian volunteers in the upcoming war. Alert, battle-hardened, Kesri must turn his ragged, ill-equipped band of men, who know nothing about either China or sailing, into an efficient machine if they are to emerge out of this doomed expedition.

    In Mumbai, Shireen Modi waits anxiously for news of her opium trader husband only to discover that he has died mysteriously in Hong Kong and lost all his fortune in the opium blockade. She must sail alone to China as war clouds loom to reclaim his wealth and reputation and in risking everything find a new life for herself again.

    In Canton, Neel becomes an aide and translator to a senior Chinese official as Beijing begins to prepare for war with Britain. The more he sees, the more worried he becomes - for the Chinese have neither the ships nor the artillery to match the British in modern warfare. The future seems clear but do the Chinese know it? Fusing a profound understanding of history with page-turning narration, Flood of Fire - the final part of the Ibis Trilogy - is nothing short of a masterpiece. This is Amitav Ghosh writing at the height of his powers.

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    • HAMISH HAMILTON
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    • 2015
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    • Amitav Ghosh
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    Enthralling read!

    It is difficult to put in words the sheer engagement I experienced with this read. Amitava Ghosh is quite simply brilliant (such an overused word but in this case, apt). His research is meticulous and it is evident that much hard work has been expended in this. His ability to blend the his learnings into the stories is and its characters is marvellous.

    For those who have read the first 2 parts of the Ibis Trilogy (Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke), this book brings it all together. [If you ha...
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    Dylan Fan

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    10 Jun, 2015

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    Best in the market!

    Gripping and extremely well researched.

    A riveting tale of the momentous events leading to and including the First Opium war; makes you think you were actually witnessing it.
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    Deep Mondal

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    3 Jun, 2017

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    5

    Great value for money

    I received the book within 3 days of ordering. Excellent delivery, as always.

    The book was perfect except for the corners of the hardcover which were a bit smeared. The page quality was a bit disappointing for a hardcover. Although, at 500 Rs, you can't ask for better than this.

    The font size and the margins make sure that reading is a very pleasurable experience. The book itself is very immersing.

    Overall, a good buy at this price.
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    Saurabh Vashist

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    6 Jun, 2015

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    Good quality product

    This is amazing Read
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    4 Jan, 2017

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    Above-average product

    Cover page not found in good condition. Rest is all right.
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    12 Oct, 2016

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    Yes, I do accept that the book was good in parts

    Yes, I do accept that the book was good in parts.When i first read 'the Sea of Poppies', i was shocked to know about the brutality of legal workers employed in Ghazipur Opium factory.I was startled to learn how men can think of totally sabotaging a woman's life and yet build a shrine to cover up the mess. Moreover the usage of desi language all across the book had made it even more alluring. On the flip side, Amitav introduced too many bollywood style action settings which made it look forced...
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    Prabhakaran Manickkavachagam

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    10 Jun, 2016

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    Book of the year!

    Excellent book, as good it gets. Read it over and over again.
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    Saptak Mohanta

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    21 May, 2016

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    Brilliant prose, leaves a lot untold.

    As usual, the brilliance of Amitav Ghosh's prose and storytelling stands out as the most conspicuous characteristic of this book. The characters are infused with life and dealt with adequately to showcase their point of views brilliantly. Even Mrs. Burnham's role in seducing Zachary and using him as an object of pleasure seems to be a more thoughtful act on her part by the time she ends her life in the Anahita. However, not all loose ends have been strung together and leaves a lot untold, ...
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    rahul deb

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    10 Mar, 2016

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    Epic Conclusion to a Marvelous Trilogy

    Flood of fire is the concluding novel in the marvelous Ibis trilogy after Sea of Poppies and River of Smoke. The book chronicles the final stand off between the British and the Chinese in the opium war and how the characters of the previous books reappear, intermingle and redeem themselves. A characteristic tale from the greatest writer in English fiction, Flood of Fire brings forth the forgotten history of colonial exploitation, the ruthless disregard of ethics by capitalists and the life in...
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    Baharul Islam

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    8 Mar, 2016

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    A novel of a lifetime to be read and re-read!

    The IBIS trilogy is without doubt an epic masterpiece produced in recent times! The concluding part of the Trilogy is a fit ending to the previous parts of this novel series.
    A must read for any avid reader!
    Dear Shri Amitav Ghosh: Salutes to you Sir!
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    Ganesh Iyer

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    28 Jul, 2015

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