“River of Smoke,” the second volume of his ambitious Ibis trilogy, is the It is clear that Ghosh is fascinated by the history of Canton and, within. River of Smoke has ratings and reviews. Arah-Lynda said: The absence of food doesn’t make a man forsake hunger – it only makes him hungrier . by Amitav Ghosh (Farrar, Straus & Giroux; $28) River of Smoke The second book in Ghosh’s Ibis trilogy is set in the eighteen-thirties, when.

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For the opium consignment, Modi has a Chinese buyer and courier services from a white free-trader.

While amiatv in the book is as tedious as a visit to the Ents, there were times I was ready for the end. If you decide to skip the words that you don’t understand or can’t pronounce, you will miss a lot.

I was not disappointed. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. For foreigners, opium proved to be a highly profitable counter-trade product which ensured a two way flow of s,oke.

He is joined by Paulette Lambert aka Puggly, daughter of a French botanist, in his search for the rare Golden camellias.

Feb 21, Betty rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is extremely annoying to discover how the British businessmen justify their smuggling killing actions by giving self righteous sermons about the God given principal of “free trade” and how the Chinese Government has no authority to stop them.

When one has read the first book, I becomes more clear what the connection is between England, India and China. Also, the high and mighty ones said: Pages with related products.

Did the same storm upend the fortunes rivwr those aboard the Anahitaan opium carrier heading towards Rier If I think back on this book I recall millions of people living in squalor, druglords living in opulent splendor, dark and doom lurked everywhere, greed was openly shared on the scrumptious menus of the rich, and life was but a fleeting streak of luck for the tough and fortunate as much as it was for the lowest of the poor.


Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. A trade that has all along been illegal in China. Before this Britain’s imports of tea from China were so high, but exports of anything TO China so low, that the country’s coffers to silver were draining fast. She also goes on to lament “The novel feels stitched together clumsily in a few places.

I also loved msoke the references to Indian cultural practice and activities that an Indian reader would take for granted. This reads like an early draft where he just needed to get all the material down and then he lost interest and didn’t do the revising and tightening that would make it compelling.

River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh

Sep 16, Arah-Leah Hay rated it it was amazing Shelves: The research in this book is astounding. All will converge in Canton’s Fanqui-town, or Foreign Enclave, a powder keg awaiting a spark to ignite the Opium Wars. The convicts Neel Rattan, a Bengali Zamindar, and Ah Fatt, a criminal from Canton, escape from the ship along with a couple of lascars. Her memories were drawn all over a cavern on the island of Mauritius. Views Read Edit View history. Generous helpings of humour, adventure the hunt for the golden camellia was a favouritehistory, romance, villainy and suspense are expertly blended into the narrative to make for a rich and entertaining read”.

In particular, the section narrated in letters from Robin Chinnery illegitimate, mixed-race and presumably fictional son of George Chinnery, a real-life painter of South China scenes to Paulette the botanist, who appears in the previous book.

River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh – review

Jun 09, Doug Bradshaw rated it it was amazing. When you read about Macau, you will have an instant craving for this amitqv of Chinese cuisine. After reading a scene like that, one inevitably wants to see what happens to said couple. In Septembera storm blows up on the Indian Ocean and the Ibisa ship carrying a consignment of convicts and indentured laborers from Calcutta to Mauritius, is caught up in the whirlwind.

River of Smoke

Work on it and work it out. The short answer is regrettably no. Dec 27, Mark Staniforth rated it liked it. The story he intends to tell is that of the Opium trade itself.


The political, economical, rivrr moral issues raised by the opium trade are central to the story, so I learned a lot about this aspect of British colonialism and was struck by the extent to which the arguments defending that trade anticipate contemporary justifications for the exploitation of poorer countries by wealthier one.

Among them are Bahram Modi, a wealthy Parsi opium merchant out of Bombay, his estranged half-Chinese son Ah Fatt, the orphaned Paulette and a motley collection of others whose pursuit of romance, riches and a legendary rare flower have thrown together. Attention spans have dwindled, the pundits say, brevity is all, and the grand narrative is to be consigned to the trash heap. I kept an iPad nearby to check maps and vocabularies – and I learned a lot.

The worst offense is that there are no emotional connections anywhere: ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Though this is only the second book in the proposed trilogy, who knows where he will leave us stranded now. Sea of Poppies had a lot of focus on the smaller people in the story.

Embedded in the story, that’s how I felt. Ghosh may have left me completely drenched and clinging to the storm swept decks of the Ibis at the end of Sea of Poppies but all is now forgiven. But then things get going and we also discover that Ghosh has something larger in mind. His most recent novel, Sea of Poppies, amotav the first volume of the Ibis Trilogy.

Jun 15, Biogeek rated it really liked it Ghlsh Penrose find the rare plant he is looking for?

In Bahram, Ghosh brilliantly ghohs the struggles of an individual whose desires and interests are ultimately defeated by far-reaching historical, economic, and political events. A man is neither good nor evil because he sails his ship upon the wind.