9780312428594

Sea of Poppies

Ghosh, Amitav

ISBN 10: 0312428596 / 0-312-42859-6
ISBN 13: 9780312428594
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: 2009
Binding: Softcover
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The first in an epic trilogy, Sea of Poppies is "a remarkably rich saga . . . which has plenty of action and adventure à la Dumas, but moments also of Tolstoyan penetration--and a drop or two of Dickensian sentiment" ( The Observer [London]).


At the heart of this vibrant saga is a vast ship, the Ibis. Her destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean shortly before the outbreak of the Opium Wars in China. In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a diverse cast of Indians and Westerners on board, from a bankrupt raja to a widowed tribeswoman, from a mulatto American freedman to a free-spirited French orphan. As their old family ties are washed away, they, like their historical counterparts, come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais, or ship-brothers. The vast sweep of this historical adventure spans the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling high seas, and the exotic backstreets of Canton. With a panorama of characters whose diaspora encapsulates the vexed colonial history of the East itself, Sea of Poppies is "a storm-tossed adventure worthy of Sir Walter Scott" ( Vogue ).


 

Review:
Audio is the perfect format for SEA OF POPPIES, a well-told novel with scores of far-flung characters--from a widowed Indian poppy grower to an American sailor, a bankrupt raja, a young French woman, and an autistic giant of a laborer. Exciting, touching, and beautifully paced, Phil Gigante's narration carries the audiobook, embellishing it with accents: Indian (Hindi, Urdu, Hindustani), British (upper crust, seafaring, working class), French, and even Chinese. It's a wildly fantastical adventure story at the confluence of the opium and slave trades, the caste and class systems, with overarching themes involving race, gender, and spiritual equality. While Gigante's accents, especially the Indian ones, can be imperfect, the personality of each character shines through in an outstanding performance. R.M. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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