“River of Smoke,” the second volume of his ambitious Ibis trilogy, is the It is clear that Ghosh is fascinated by the history of Canton and, within. River of Smoke has ratings and reviews. Arah-Lynda said: The absence of food doesn’t make a man forsake hunger – it only makes him hungrier . by Amitav Ghosh (Farrar, Straus & Giroux; $28) River of Smoke The second book in Ghosh’s Ibis trilogy is set in the eighteen-thirties, when.

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River of Smoke

Sep 16, Arah-Leah Hay rated it it was amazing Shelves: Characters don’t develop and it’s hard to become engaged with them on any but the most perfunctory level. Generous helpings of humour, adventure the hunt for the golden camellia was a favouritehistory, romance, villainy and suspense are expertly blended into the narrative to make for a rich and entertaining read”. Quotes from River of Smoke. Take the case of how Paulette gets inside a ship heading towards Canton: He learns that the pent-up Chinese demand for opium means the prices that can be extracted are very high.

She also goes on to lament “The novel feels stitched together clumsily in a few places. He divides his time between Kolkata, Goa and Brooklyn. The political, economical, and moral issues raised by the opium trade are central to the story, so I learned a lot about this aspect of British colonialism and was struck by the extent to smoje the arguments defending that trade anticipate contemporary justifications for amtav exploitation of poorer countries by wealthier one.


: River of Smoke: A Novel (The Ibis Trilogy) (): Amitav Ghosh: Books

Of course Paulette, interested in botany, is happy to be on the journey. I’m hoping that it is an ambitious transition book between 1 and 3.

A second read often opens up hidden doors and clears the mental fugue. When the seas settle, five men have disappeared – two lascars, two convicts and one of the passengers.

What utter fascination and delight ghish read Amitav Ghosh. The ideas and conversations are preserved in records, and Ghosh incorporates them into the book without making it dry. The central plot-line follows the journey of a poor Indian Parsi Zoroastrian named Bahram who had risen to lead the trade division of a celebrated Mumbai shipbuilding company owned by his wealthy in-laws.

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Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Historical fiction, this reads more like a fictional novel, full of characters with longing and ambition in a wide range, from self-righteous, racist, imperi What utter fascination and delight to read Amitav Ghosh.

Other than at the very start of the book and the very end we get nothing in this book from Deeti, and nothing of Kalua. His grasp of the detail of the period is s,oke — he is so thoroughly submerged in it — that readers can’t possibly remember all the amigav he shows them, or hold on to all the life-stories of all the characters he introduces. It is more about the history shared in the book fiver a fast-moving riveting plot. Paulette is too absent and Robin feels like a contrivance to take us inside certain aspects of Canton life where Bahram can’t go.

Jun 02, Raja rated it it was amazing. Thank you for your feedback. It had taken two days to prepare, and included some thirty condiments — crisp shoots rkver bamboo and slippery sea-cucumbers; chewy tendons of pork and juicy sea scallops; taro root and abalone; fish-lips and mushrooms — a symphony of carefully harmonized contrasts of texture and taste, it was reputed to have lured many a monk into breaking his vows.


River of Smoke is a novel by Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh. If there is a war, Bahram stands to lose a lot. Another new major character is Robin Chinnery, If childhood friend, an artist who has made his way from Calcutta to Canton.

In the previous book, we all hanged onto the Ibis ‘s deck for dear life. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. See and discover other items: Paulette is too absent and Robin feels like a contrivance to take us inside certain aspects of Canton life where Bahram can’t go. Some of his letters went like this: Ghosh may have left me completely drenched and clinging to the storm swept decks of the Ibis at the end of Sea of Poppies but all is now forgiven.

Sea of Poppies had a lot of focus on the smaller people in the story. Much of the trilogy is based on the real people, which makes this one of the best historical fiction works on opium ever written. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.