Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy #1)

Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy #1)

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

At the heart of this vibrant saga is an immense ship, the Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean, its purpose to fight China’s vicious nineteenth-century Opium Wars. As for the crew, they are a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts.

In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a diverse cast of Indians and Westerners, 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. An unlikely dynasty is born, which will span continents, races, and generations.

The vast sweep of this historical adventure embraces the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling high seas, and the crowded backstreets of Canton. But it is the panorama of characters, whose diaspora encapsulates the vexed colonial history of the East itself, that makes Sea of Poppies so breathtakingly alive – a masterpiece from one of the world’s finest novelists.

"Such is the power of Ghosh's precise, understated prose that one occasionally wishes to turn the pages three at a time, eager to find out where Ghosh's tale is headed." - The Boston Globe

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455826896
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Series: Ibis Trilogy Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Amitav Ghosh is the internationally bestselling author of many works of fiction and non-fiction, including the novel The Glass Palace, and the recipient of numerous prizes and awards. He divides his time between Kolkata and Goa, India, and Brooklyn, New York.

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Sea of Poppies 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This carefully researched and beautifully written novel brought me back to my childhood of post independent India of the 1950ies, to Benares,Ghazipur, Patna and Calcutta. The places and people had hardly changed since the 1830ies. The Raj had still existed. The absorbtive power of Ghosh's construction of events is simply stunning. A very enjoyable novel. I am looking forward to the next in the Ibis series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ghosh's characters are amazing. I can't wait until the next book in the trilogy to find out what happens. The pidgin is a little hard in the beginning--but stay with it. Either use the strange lexicon in the back or a dictionary, or just keep reading. You don't really need to know the exact meaning of the words these characters use; the sense is clear. In his narration, Ghosh's language is beautiful.
maudieCO More than 1 year ago
the only drawback is the practically incomprehensible dialects encountered early on before the book grabs you and you can't put it down. I am looking forward to the next one as I am enthralled with the characters and their stories. you just have to keep reading in the beginning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Ibis Trilogy is magneficent and I can't wait for the third book to be published. This is the story of the British East India's actions which lead to the Opium wars. Sea of Poppies introduces you to most of the characters, and tells of the opium industry in India which was controlled by the East India Company. River of Smoke, the second in the trilogy is mainly set in Canton, and in the factory area where the European and American merchant live work. You'll really enjoy these books
AnnaSarah2 More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading Sea of Poppies and its sequel (whatever) and found the subject matter and various characters were portrayed in a humorous loving manner. The historical references and the period and places of this story were wonderful, BUT attempting to slog thru the pidgin English words, was a task that was more then difficult....the characters kept calling me back, to finish the books....but then again I was not happy with the unsatisfactory manner with which many of the characters that I had so cared for, were not referenced again, these folks were not just left hanging.....they were discarded.
MingLiSS8 More than 1 year ago
Quite possibly the best book I have ever read! Amitov Ghosh never disappoints, and in this trilogy he delivers the finest set of developed characters from every circumstance of life's trivals one could hope to encounter on it's journey. Destined to be a classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a rich and amazing story. I loved it all. The characters were wonderful. The dialects were very difficult to understand, but don't let that stop you. It's too good to miss. I am waiting for October.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It opened up a new world to me.
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I could not even finish reading Sea of Poppies. In fact, I wish I had stopped sooner. It depicts one miserable event after another.
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Very good read. I enjoyed it quite a lot!!!
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