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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday: Sea of Poppies

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh

Publisher/Publication Date: Picador, Sept 29, 2009

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).

Read an excerpt from Sea of Poppies.

AMITAV GHOSH is the internationally bestselling author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, including the novel The Glass Palace, and the recipient of numerous prizes and awards. He divides his time among Kolkata and Goa, India, and Brooklyn, New York.

What are you waiting for? Waiting on Wednesdays is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.


Mary said...

Wow, that's quite the blurb from the London Observer!

Danni said...

Aww cute title. :)

kaye said...

sounds good

Sheila Deeth said...

I guess they liked it! Sounds fascinating. I'm heading over to read the chapter.

Sheila Deeth said...

I like it too! Great excerpt.

bermudaonion said...

I want this one too!


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