Amitav Ghosh, the best selling writer of the Glass Palace has just released his new novel Sea of Poppies. It is the first of a planned trilogy set in the turbulent years before the Opium wars of Eastern Asia. It is a huge and sprawling novel with the vast ship the Ibis at its heart. In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a diverse cast of Indians and Westerners, from a bankrupt raja to a widowed tribeswoman, from a mulatto American freedman to a freespirited 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. An unlikely dynasty is born, which will span continents, races, and generations.
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