Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel (PB) - A Novel of Fevers, Delirium and Discovery

Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel (PB) - A Novel of Fevers, Delirium and Discovery (English, Paperback, Amitav Ghosh)

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Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel (PB) - A Novel of Fevers, Delirium and Discovery  (English, Paperback, Amitav Ghosh)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin
    • ISBN: 9780143066552, 0143066552
    • Edition: 1stEdition, 2009
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    The Calcutta Chromosome is a thrilling novel that is loosely based on the life of Sir Ronald Ross, who won the Nobel Prize for his discoveries on malaria.

    Summary Of The Book

    When L. Murugan requests to be transferred to Calcutta, he intends on studying the discoveries and the life of renowned scientist Sir Ronald Ross. However, the story takes an unexpected turn with the sudden disappearance of Murugan and a series of seemingly disconnected events.

    Sir Ronald Ross had made a series of path-breaking discoveries on malaria, which had eventually caused him to receive the Nobel Prize. These discoveries were made in Calcutta in the year 1898. A character named Antar is introduced at the start of the novel and this person recounts his meeting with L. Murugan. The sudden disappearance of Murugan is explained to some extent and bears a distinct connection with the mysterious Calcutta Chromosome.

    The Calcutta Chromosome is said to be an elixir that grants eternal life by the transference of chromosomes. The author also gives details about the discoveries made by Sir Ronald Ross but the timelines of all these events are disconnected to a great extent.

    The striking aspect of this novel is the fact that the settings and timelines rarely overlap and this tends to complicate the plot. The novel has earned a great degree of fame for the author.

    About Amitav Ghosh

    The author of this book, Amitav Ghosh, is well-known for his contributions to English Literature.

    Some of the books published by the author include In an Antique Land, The Glass Palace, and The Circle of Reason. The books written by the author have won him several awards, most notably the Prix Medicis etranger, which is one of the most highly esteemed awards for literature in France.

    The author hails from Calcutta, India, and has completed his doctor of Philosophy degree from St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He was studying Social Anthropology. In the year 2007, he was given the Padma Shri award by the Government of India. He currently resides in New York along with his spouse and two children. Apart from being an author, the author has also held the position of a lecturer at Queens College, City University of New York, where he has taught comparative literature. Apart from that, he has also been teaching literature at Harvard University, from time to time.

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    • 2009
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    • Arthur C Clarke
    Award Year
    • 1997
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    • 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.Books by Amitav GhoshMore
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    The Calcutta Chromosome

    The story definitiely begins as a Science fiction and Ghosh's Ava (Antar's super intelligent computer) is something very gruelling in today's scenario. This book feeds some good nutrient on Microbiology and British effort of developing Indian camps (Calcutta, Secunderabad etc)
    Ghosh also narrated old Calcutta well with budding real estate giants, bengali food, calcutta streets, age old craftsmen making idols, PG hospital and Sealdah station back then and many more scenes where Calcutta remain...
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    Arimitra Maiti

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    25 Aug, 2012

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    Interesting begining but looses tempo.

    It's a science fiction set in history and in future, however most of the story happens in 1990s.

    Author has been able to create the mystique atmosphere. The book is very interesting in the beginning but the same level of interest is not maintained till the end. The end, which should take the story to crescendo, seems abrupt. I thought that author could have made the last section of the book more interesting.

    You have to read the book carefully and with attention so as not to miss important...
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    Mandar

    9 Dec, 2014

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    5

    Fabulous!

    great book!
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    Supriti Das

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    8 Feb, 2019

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    5

    Brilliant

    Great
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    ANKITA MANDAL

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    9 Nov, 2018

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    Bad quality

    This book leads us through the streets of Calcutta, Bengali culture, British colonial past and most importantly the development of medical science & discovery of malaria. But hang on; this was supposed to be a thriller unwinding all the mysteries and drawing a single conclusion to say the least. That's where it went wrong. The ending is not convincing at all and would let the reader search for some missing pages( I wish I could get few more pages giving explanation ).
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    Sandeepan Kamley

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    27 Oct, 2018

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    Must buy!

    the delivery and packaging was good
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    Flipkart Customer

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    5

    Classy product

    One heck of a good read
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    Flipkart Customer

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    9 Jan, 2018

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    5

    Nice Book

    Although its a Birthday gift for one of my friend but before packing it in for birthday rap, i read first few pages and it is a nice book. Dont worry i will borrow it from her later to read.
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    Rohit Chhatry

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    5 Dec, 2017

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    not so good

    I bought it after reading hungry tide but this one dint live up to my expectations
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    Mita Chakraborty

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    9 Jun, 2017

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    Highly recommended

    Very good book ....way of writing as usual amazing..
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    Bitta Manan

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    21 May, 2017

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