In the end, his downfall feels like a loss of innocence Ah Fatt plays far too short a role at the commencement of the book, where he places Neel into the role of Munshi with his father Seth Bahram Moddie – the only Indian trader who becomes embroiled with the English Opium traders. But Ghosh’s novels somehow succeed in taking us back inside the chaos of when “then” was “now”. Re-read after 3 years. He’s intelligent, capable, resilient, a gifted entrepreneur — yet he’s also a mere atom, at the mercy of the forces of politics and history. But, phew, those letters!

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I know the messages were not limited to characters back then, but will you give me the news already?! The novel has received some awards and recognition. Perhaps the most amazing, brilliant historical fiction I have ever read. smokke

River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh

I have re-read both The Sea of Poppies and this book in preparation of the third book, which I have recently obtained – I found I could only vaguely remember the first, but a fair bit of this book.

Nov 02, Jen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ghosh had other ideas but it seemed to me that he pretty much p River of smoke amitav ghosh really enjoyed book one of this pending trilogy. In addition to the amazingly well-researched details of the events leading up to the Opium war ofand the interwoven and parallel narratives of the European quest for the botanical riches of China itself a dazzling sub-plot that links both the search for specimens including a fabled flower, and an intriguing account of what Ghosh shows was an important Sino-European chapter in the development of medical art had me co Amitav Ghosh’s story-telling must be at least as addicting as opium.


I could have read it’s predecessor, Sea of Poppies, which would have helped me keep the characters straight, but although the book is dense with detail, I just slowed down and enjoyed the ride.

River of Smoke: Ibis Trilogy Book 2: : Amitav Ghosh: Books

It is a marvellous tamasha that keeps common people busy that men like ourselves can take care of all matters of importance” or the frequent hypocritical declarations by various European tradesmen on Free Market when it comes to opium trading.

The Chinese authorities are trying to prevent illegal imports of the drug, which has inflicted a plague of addiction on the Chinese population while making empire-sized fortunes for the irrepressibly shameless traders, mostly British.

Feb 11, Elaine rated it it was ok Shelves: The colours are quite different though, brighter and more varied: To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. I just wanted to lie back, relax and think.

Bahram Modi—or Barry Moddie, as he is called in Fanqui-town—is desperate to give good news back to investors in Bombay. I can not wait river of smoke amitav ghosh the concluding volume in a few y One of the benefits of a summer trip to London is to discover that a much anticipated new book is available there before its United States publication date.

The stage vanished and so did the characters. I loved the first one, Sea of Poppies, but delayed reading River of Smoke after it came out, just to prolong the anticipation. Books by Amitav Ghosh. It is such a beautiful day outside. Thanks Arvind and Jaya, for reading alongwith. However, on the sudden demise of his father-in-law, he is forced by his brothers-in-law to retire from the Export division. Though I didn’t take time to look them up, I enjoyed the feeling of being an outsider looking into a cultural frame of reference.


River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh – review

There was nothing wrong with this book – I just didn’t get into it the way I expected to. Among them are Bahram Modi, a wealthy Parsi opium merchant out of Bombay, his estranged half-Chinese son Ah Fatt, the orphaned Paulette and a motley collection of others whose pursuit of romance, riches and a legendary rare flower have thrown together. Attention spans have dwindled, the pundits say, brevity is all, and the grand narrative is to be consigned to the trash heap.

But that said, I have some quibbles: However, at one point I just skip-read at least pages, since the numerous characters and information dumping became just too much to endure. In an Antique Land: See and discover other items: All struggle to cope with their losses – and for some, unimaginable freedoms – in the alleys river of smoke amitav ghosh crowded waterways of 19th century Canton.

I am now eagerly awaiting volume 3 in the trilogy. Jun 02, Raja rated it it was hhosh. Ibis Trilogy Book 3. Outsiders are only allowed inside what is called the fanqui town. Re-read after 3 years.