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Sea of Poppies

Amitav Ghosh

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Completed on 24 May 2022
ISBN : 9780143424703

A motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts is sailing down the Hooghly aboard the Ibis on its way to Mauritius. As they journey across the Indian Ocean old family ties are washed away, and they begin to view themselves as jahaj-bhais or ship brothers who will build new lives for themselves in the remote islands where they are being taken. A stunningly vibrant and intensely human work, Sea of Poppies, the first book in the Ibis trilogy, confirms Amitav Ghosh’s reputation as a master storyteller. 


Great book and highly recommended. On board the Ibis, a motley crew of sailors, stowaways, coolies, and prisoners are making their way to Mauritius while travelling down the Hooghly. Old familial ties are washed away as they travel across the Indian Ocean, and they start to think of themselves as jahaj-bhais, or ship brothers, who will create new lives for themselves on the isolated islands where they are being brought. Sea of Poppies, the first novel in the Ibis trilogy, is a beautifully colourful and profoundly human masterpiece that upholds Amitav Ghosh's reputation as a master storyteller.

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