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River of Smoke free pdf A "Washington Post" Notable Fiction Book for 2011The "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 Frederick "Fitcher" Penrose, a horticulturist determined to track down the priceless treasures of China that are hidden in plain sight: its 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 converge, 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.

About Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh is the internationally bestselling author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, including "The Glass Palace," and is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. Ghosh divides his time between Kolkata and Goa, India, and Brooklyn, New York.

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Author : Amitav Ghosh
Publisher : Farrar, Straus
Data Published :
ISBN : 0374174237
EAN : 9780374174231
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 522 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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