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The Ibis Trilogy,Amitav Ghosh

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The Ibis, Anahita and Redruth- what do they have in common? Amitav Ghosh!!!

In his books Sea of Poppies and River of Smoke,Amitav Ghosh weaves an interconnecting, intricate tale of  three ships and their passengers.  In September 1838, a storm blows up on the Indian Ocean and the Ibis, a ship carrying a consignment of convicts and indentured labourers from Calcutta to Mauritius, is caught up in the whirlwind.  When the storm blows over, five people go missing.

In the second book of the Ibis trilogy, River of Smoke, Ghosh reintroduces us to Ibis and the survivors on reaching Mauritius. He also introduces the Anahita, with it’s consignment of opium, bound for China and the Redruth, traversing the seas in search of the mysterious botanical treasures of the far east.

Set in the 1800s in India, Mauritius and China, the books centre around the profitable opium trade and the emerging British Empire.

Ghosh’s research is impeccable as always and through the characters depicted, he presents the idiosyncrasies and the motivations behind the events of the 19th century, that wrote the fate of the three great empires.

Amitav Ghosh’s excellent prose makes these books truly classic. Watch out for Flood of Fire which is due to release in 2015.

Rating- 4/5

 

The Ibis Trilogy

Amitav Ghosh

Penguin

Sea of Poppies 528 pages; River of Smoke 560 pages

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Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika co-manages thegoodbookcorner.com. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master's degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika's articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror and Daily News and various blogs, such as, talkingcranes.com, sikhchic.com, sikhnet.com. She is actively involved with SAARC Women's Association of Sri Lanka. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. Her short stories have been published online and she is also working on her own novel. Artika has published My Little Sikh Handbook and is currently working on her second children's book, with Sikhism as its central theme. You can reach Artika at bakshiartika@gmail.com .

2 comments on “The Ibis Trilogy,Amitav Ghosh

  1. libs
    October 14, 2014

    good

    Like

    • Preeti Singh
      October 14, 2014

      thanks!

      Like

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