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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The farmers are ghhosh forced to give up growing life sustaining crops like rice and vegetables, to make way for useless opium. Yet somehow there seems to be little going on under the surface — it’s thematically a bit hollow and I kept feeling that I should be liking it more than I was.

‘Sea of Poppies’: An Epic Tale Of Opium And Empire

wmitav A big disappointment from Ghosh. The entire trilogy can be diagrammed as follows: Others may find the clutter of words distracting, or off-putting however, or be frustrated by being unable to find definitions for the unusual spelling of some of these words.

As this is said to be the first part of a projected trilogy, I’ll be waiting with bated breath for the next installment.

I feel that Amitav Ghosh is really having fun with the languages and the many colloquialisms he uses. Land, River, Sea, moving the story along from the introduction to all amltav these very colorful characters to their assembly and journey on the Ibis which used to carry slaves and now transports sfa and convicts to Mauritius.


The story begins with Deeti, a shy woman who struggles growing poppies to sell to the Opium factory. The insight into the opium trade and the British global plantation and slavery trade, are brought to life and are really quite shocking. View all 22 comments.

That said, there are some very heroic and excellent moments of sacrifice and good. It happened at the end of winter, in a year when the poppies were strangely slow to shed their petals: The language of the lascars I found to be a bit confusing at first but after a while you find yourself immersed.

It was visited by Kipling. This really sums up my main issue which this novel. May 03, Bfisher rated it really liked it Shelves: The purpose of the voyage of the schooner Ibis was NOT to fight the 19th century’s opium wars.

Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy, #1) by Amitav Ghosh

All I can say to Amitav Ghosh, is hurry up man, I’m waiting, what happens next??? Their …more No, that is their first meeting, even though the book mentions that Deeti foresaw their meeting and Zachary will later be added to her shrine.

Apr 28, Chrissie rated it it was ok Shelves: He blongi boat-bugger — no can learn ship-pijjin. It is almost as though he stops telling his tale mid sentence. View all 17 comments.

Ghosh has not forgotten the agricultural calendar; it’s just that he will no more waste a fact than MacArthur wasted poppy. Having recently come back poppjes a trip to India, I was once again intoxicated by the sights, sounds, and smells of India as depicted in this gorgeous novel.

I cannot tell whether we are headed for Mauritius or China, but am happy to sail. This is not the mark of a great novel. It was very informative and interesting, but it didn’t make me feel anything. Textured, colorful, atmospheric, picturesque, descriptive, gripping, holistic.


It’s a romance, an adventure, a history all combined with a colorful cast of characters and exotic settings. 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-sp At the heart of this vibrant saga is a vast ship, the Ibis. Simply put, there were too many characters, a problem exacerbated by the fact that several had very similar sounding names so I kept thinking one description was referring to one character before finding out a chapter or so later that it must have been referring to someone else.

I have a high tolerance for indeed love of opaque vocabulary, but even I found it wearing here — the effect is too extreme to come across as anything but parodic. Burnham and pressure to marry his friend, the stern, elderly Justice Kendalbushe.

Yes that would no doubt have quite successfully pissed me off. Beautifully styled – extravagantly written. There was some retribution in the end of the book but it came at a huge cos This is quite a book and I have given it five stars because it is brilliant, well researched, beautifully written and right up there with some of the very best, similar in some ways, for example, to the Master and Commander series.

So be forewarned and arm yourself with River of Smoke before you set sail on this journey over the black water which I highly recommend you take. With the Raja, there is a wonderful gradual erosion of his lofty position, as he becomes bankrupt and his social standing starts to disintegrate.

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