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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Canada; 1st Edition edition (Oct. 7 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670066648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670066643
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15 x 4.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Richardson on Feb. 10 2009
Format: Hardcover
This rich novel--the first in a trilogy--brings us to the plains of the Ganges during the beginnings of the Opium war, where the lives of a series of fascinating and diverse characters intersect: a wealthy, well-educated Raja, a young widow who grows poppies on a small plot of land, a British businessman who trades in opium, an American sailor, a group of culturally diverse and linguistically challenging sailors from around the Indian Ocean, a young French woman who grew up in India with her botanist father, a foul-mouthed and envious first-mate, and many many more. Ghosh invites us on a journey in time, in place, in language, and true to his previous works, it is so rich in detail, so convincing, so engaging that one truly feels they have been transported into another world. The reader, however, has to accept his proposal of entering into another culture (the culture of the trading ships in particular) and, similar to a journey to a foreign land, to not always understand the details of what is being said or done, but instead gather clues from the rest of the action and atmosphere. What is as much a tour de force--though so subtle as to be remarked only by those with a predisposition to thinking about such issues--is the way he evokes through his characters themes such as habitus, embodiment, identity and other concepts dear to anthropologists. As his characters migrate, change caste, fall or rise in social status and are generally confronted with sometimes radical shifts in their circumstances, they must also adapt their habits, diet, language, clothing, social interactions, perception of skin colour, and indeed their names. It must be emphasized, however, that Ghosh never is didactic (unlike some authors).Read more ›
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By Joan Page on May 3 2014
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The story is interesting but the indian expressions are not understood by most readers so it makes for annoying reading,
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At times difficult to read because of the patois and Hindi slang, really loved the story until the end which seemed to bog down at times. Well written generally.
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By Fred Boozzzo on March 9 2014
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This book does not fall under a regular classification. The style of writing belongs to a culture other than Western or English. The main character (if there is one) belongs to a genre that is quite foreign to the Westernized reader. Although the grammar is faultless, the style resembles western prose. I bought this book and it was a waste of time and money.
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