by Amitav Ghosh
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).
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 10/14/2008
Series: Ibis Trilogy Series, #1
Edition description: First Edition
Edition number: 1
Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)
Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy #1) *First Edition
- Historical -Schooners -Voyages and travels -Sailors -Travelers -Social classes -India -Opium trade -History -Social conditions -19th century -Historical fiction