“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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In the previous book, we all hanged onto the Ibis ‘s deck for dear life.

Amitav Ghosh : River of Smoke

This book embroidered further on the tale of hardship and human follies around the greedy lords of opium. In the end, his downfall feels like a loss of innocence Explore the Home Gift Guide. He tells us about the times when HongKong was only a wilderness and when people thought that Singapore was going to be swallowed by a jungle.

Rivsr book reaches an incredibly high benchmark for historical fiction writing. The story is told mainly from the perspective of four foreigners, three of whom I was first introduced to in Sea of Poppies. Others are mentioned only in the passing.

Second book continues with the lives of a few o Thanks Arvind and Jaya, for reading alongwith. Amitav Ghosh’s story-telling must be at least as addicting as opium. Nov 02, Jen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. If one follows the story – only a few things happen, which can be summarized in a page or two.

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It was more of the descriptions of food, flora, people and riiver exactly in that order which captivated me, than the actual story. Hardcoverpages.

River of Smoke

It is a tough read and cannot be sped read. Bahram decides to ship a large consignment of opium to China, as he is confident that he would be able to earn a sizeable profit to buy out the Export division, in spite of a ban on trading of Opium issued by the Chinese officials. The story of the opium trade is an ugly one, but the spirit of the novel is enthusiastic tragicomedy, not moralising post-hoc gloom.


Return to Book Page. The only place where detailed descriptions bothered me were in Robin Chinnery’s letters. There is loads ghoxh learn from this book, and not just the ancient trade relations that pre-dated European imperialism.

River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh – review

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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. Him being an artist, his letters provide a perspective different from that of people involved in the opium trade. It is odd to think that [Canton], which has absorbed so much of the world’s evil, has given.

For the opium consignment, Modi has a Chinese buyer and courier services from a white free-trader. This is the second part of an amazingly entertaining read. Things go wrong, but only the Chinese buyer is punished executed. River of Smoke details the life at sea and in the foreign enclave in Canton of the immensely rich men who dominated the trade, principally Britons. Ah Fatt plays far too short a role at the commencement of the book, where he places Neel into the role of Munshi with his father Seth Bahram Moddie – the only Indian trader who becomes embroiled with the English Opium traders.

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. W This is my second read of the second book in the Ibis Trilogy.


Pages with related products. I strongly recommend reading the first book, Sea amiatv Poppies, first. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a ricer life. This book, like the first, is filled with beautiful descriptive prose and insightful observations: I absolutely LOVED The Glass Palace, and despite a slow beginning and some troubling language in the first work in this trilogy — Sea of Poppies — I ended up quite taken with it, drawn into the plotlines and characters, and wanted to jump right into this while all of the terminology, names, locations, family lineages, etc, were fresh.

Other than at the very start of the book and the very end we get nothing in this book from Deeti, and nothing of Kalua. Robin Chinnery’s conversation transports us to Jane Austen’s England. His lf entered this second book and became the carriers of the amita.

The story traces the lives of these principal characters in Canton. All struggle to cope with their losses—and for some, unimaginable freedoms—in the alleys and crowded waterways of 19th-century Canton. But in the end, not enough of a story to bind together the history and language lessons.

amitag His characters deliver some wonderful lines like Bahram’s one-liner, “Democracy is a wonderful thing. 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.