Sea of Poppies : Ibis Trilogy Book 1
by Amitav Ghosh
Editor: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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At the heart of this epic saga, just before the Opium Wars, is a former slave of the ship, the Ibis HotelHis destiny is a tumultuous journey across the Indian Ocean, his colourful crew painting sailors and stowaways, coolies and convictsIn a time of colonial upheaval, fate launched a vast cast of Indians and Westerners, from a Raja bankruptcy to a village widow, from an English opium evangelical trading to an American mulatto freedmanAs their old family ties are washed they, like their real counterparts, come to consider themselves as jahaj-bhais or a sister shipUnlikely that the dynasty was born, which will spread across continents, races and generationsThe vast expanse of this historic adventure stretches over the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling high seas, and the exotic lanes of China’s alleyways.But it is the panorama of characters, whose diaspora encapsulates the controversial colonial history of the East itself, making the Sea of Poppies, so breathtakingly alive, a masterpiece of one of the greatest novelists
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