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by Amitav Ghosh

Hardcover *Mint

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).

Series, #1Edition description: First EditionEdition number: 1Pages: 528Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy #1) *First Edition

SKU: 9780374174224
  • Amitav Ghosh (born 11 July 1956), is a Bengali Indian author best known for his work in English fiction.

  • ISBN-13: 9780374174224

    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    Publication date: 10/14/2008

    Series: Ibis Trilogy Series, #1

    Edition description: First


    -Schooners-Voyages and travels


    -Social classes-India

    -Opium trade-History

    -Social conditions-19th century

    -Historical fiction

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