Sea Of Poppies: Book One Of The Ibis Trilogy

Paperback | October 6, 2009

byAmitav Ghosh

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At the heart of this epic saga, set just before the Opium Wars, is an old slave ship The Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean; its crew a motley array of sailors, stowaways, and convicts. In a time of colonial upheaval, the ship boasts a diverse cast of Indians, coolies, and Westerners, from a bankrupt raja to a widowed village woman, from a mulatto American to an evangelical opium trader. As their family ties wash away, they come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais, or ship-brothers, and an unlikely dynasty is born. The vast sweep of this historical adventure spans the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling high seas, and the back streets of China. But it is the panorama of sharply drawn characters that brings Sea of Poppies so breathtakingly alive. The first in a trilogy, this is a masterpiece by a world-class novelist.

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At the heart of this epic saga, set just before the Opium Wars, is an old slave ship The Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean; its crew a motley array of sailors, stowaways, and convicts. In a time of colonial upheaval, the ship boasts a diverse cast of Indians, coolies, and Westerners, from a bankrupt raja ...

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 published the first of seven novels, The Circle of Reason, in 1986. He currently divides his time between Calcutta, Goa, and Brooklyn. The first novel in the Ibis trilogy, Sea of Poppies, was shortli...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 8.3 × 5.3 × 1.1 inPublished:October 6, 2009Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143053418

ISBN - 13:9780143053415

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable! I found the first half slow and hard to get into but by the second half I was really into the book. I was drawn to Paulette and Deeti's characters. I'm looking forward to reading the 2nd and 3rd book in the trilogy.
Date published: 2011-08-23

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"Self-assured and nimble, Sea of Poppies fuses the best work of Ghosh's substantial career." - The Globe and Mail

" This novel can stand without embarrassment in the company of Melville, Conrad, and Patrick O'Brien." - Ottawa Citizen