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River of smoke, Amitav Ghosh

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River of smoke
Title
River of smoke
Statement of responsibility
Amitav Ghosh
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The Ibis, loaded to its gunwales with a cargo of indentured servants, is in the grip of a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal; among the dozens flailing for survival are Neel, the pampered raja who has been convicted of embezzlement; Paulette, the French orphan masquerading as a deck hand; and Deeti, the widowed poppy grower fleeing her home­land with her lover, Kalua. The storm also threatens the clipper ship Anahita, groaning with the largest consignment of opium ever to leave India for Canton. And the Redruth, a nursery ship, carries "Fitcher" Penrose, a horticulturist determined to track down the priceless treasures of China that are hidden in plain sight: plants that have the power to heal, or beautify, or intoxicate. All will converge in Canton's Fanqui-Town, or For­eign Enclave: a tumultuous world unto it­self where civilizations clash and sometimes fuse. It is a powder keg awaiting a spark to ignite the Opium Wars. Spectacular coincidences, startling re­versals of fortune, and tender love stories abound. But this is much more than an irresistible page-turner. The blind quest for money, the primacy of the drug trade, the concealment of base impulses behind the rhetoric of freedom: in River of Smoke the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries meet, and the result is a consuming historical novel with powerful contemporary reso­nance. Critics praised Sea of Poppies for its vibrant storytelling, antic humor, and rich narrative scope; now Amitav Ghosh con­tinues the epic that has charmed and com­pelled readers all over the globe"--
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Ghosh, Amitav
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • Schooners
  • Voyages and travels
  • Sailors
  • Social classes
  • Opium trade
  • India
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River of smoke, Amitav Ghosh
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Publication
Control code
BTA-3189
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
522 p.
Isbn
9780374174231
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011024409
Label
River of smoke, Amitav Ghosh
Publication
Control code
BTA-3189
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
522 p.
Isbn
9780374174231
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011024409

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