By Amitav Ghosh
A Washington publish striking Fiction e-book for 2011
The Ibis, loaded to its gunwales with a shipment of indentured servants, is within the grip of a cyclone within the Bay of Bengal; one of 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 place of birth along with her lover, Kalua.
The typhoon additionally threatens the clipper send Anahita, groaning with the most important consignment of opium ever to go away India for Canton. And the Redruth, a nursery send, consists of Frederick "Fitcher" Penrose, a horticulturist decided to trace down the valuable treasures of China which are hidden in simple sight: its crops that experience the ability to heal, or decorate, or intoxicate. All will converge in Canton's Fanqui-town, or international Enclave: a tumultuous international unto itself the place civilizations conflict and occasionally fuse. it's a powder keg watching for a spark to ignite the Opium Wars.
Spectacular coincidences, startling reversals of fortune, and gentle love tales abound. yet this can be even more than an impossible to resist page-turner. The blind quest for funds, the primacy of the drug alternate, the concealment of base impulses in the back of the rhetoric of freedom: in River of Smoke the 19th and twenty-first centuries converge, and the result's a eating historic novel with strong modern resonance. Critics praised Sea of Poppies for its shiny storytelling, antic humor, and wealthy narrative scope; now Amitav Ghosh keeps the epic that has charmed and forced readers all around the globe.
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