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

    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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    Description

    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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    • Imprint
      • PENGUIN
    • Publication Year
      • 2009
    • Awards
      • Arthur C Clarke
    • Award Year
      • 1997
    Contributors
    • Authored By
      • Amitav Ghosh
    • Author Info
      • 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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    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

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    9 Dec, 2014

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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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    Highly recommended

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

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    Terrific purchase

    I read the book along with the glass palace. Enjoyed reading.
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    A really good read!

    Definitely a good read. The curiosity to read further increases by every chapter. The back and forth transitions between times in which story is set, narrated and researched are good. The sudden ending left me thinking about the plot backwards for sometime .
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    Amitav Knows How to Write

    Well, amitav ghosh for sure really knows how to write. the same book, the same topic, the same story line would be cheesy with some other writer.. but with amitav - he had a way of making things sound intelligent, a little research that gives that depth and credibility to the work. In all, a quirky book, its a science fiction and thriller and written quite well.. though its not a book I would recommend as after a while one tends to dismiss it as another science fiction that is pure story.
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    11 May, 2013

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    Amitav tried too hard

    The story started really beautifully and kept me engrossed till the end (almost). Every story needs to have answers at the end but this one didn't. Disappointed!!! as the author left me seeking answers which he too did not have an answer to or even if he has them they were so complicated that it wasn't meant for a general understanding. The City of Joy has been painted beautifully thou. But to be honest I am disappointed.
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    A Good read

    good read, an enjoyable mix of ghost story, medical thriller and science fiction..leads us through the streets of calcutta , through different time zones..its been quite long since i last enjoyed a book written by an Indian author..
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    Raghavendra Rao

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    6 Feb, 2013

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    Good sci-fi from an Indian author

    It cannot be really clubbed as a sci-fi thriller. It is mixed with supernatural elements, suspense, horror, medical research and science fiction. But from an Indian author, this is a very impressive work, when we consider that most of the other 'real' sci-fi thrillers written by Indians are mediocre. And I think, he has done a wonderful job in taking us through the streets of Calcutta and its lifestyle. The ending is a bit confusing and sudden, but it makes sense in the end.
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