By Amitav Ghosh
On the middle of this bright saga is an unlimited send, the Ibis. Its future is a tumultuous voyage around the Indian Ocean; its objective, to struggle China's vicious nineteenth-century Opium Wars. As for the workforce, they're a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts.
In a time of colonial upheaval, destiny has thrown jointly a various solid of Indians and Westerners, from a bankrupt raja to a widowed tribeswoman, from a mulatto American freedman to a free-spirited French orphan. As their previous kinfolk ties are washed away, they, like their old opposite numbers, come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais, or ship-brothers. An not likely dynasty is born, so that it will span continents, races, and generations.
The colossal sweep of this ancient event spans the luxurious poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling excessive seas, the unique backstreets of Canton. however it is the landscape of characters, whose diaspora encapsulates the vexed colonial background of the East itself, that makes Sea of Poppies so breathtakingly alive—a masterpiece from one of many world's best novelists.