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The Hungry Tide

A Novel

by Amitav Ghosh

The Hungry Tide
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    May 2005, 352 pages
    Jun 2006, 352 pages

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The estuarine delta of the Sundarbans is a harsh area prone to natural disasters, such as the cyclone in 1970 which killed 300,000 people. During 'normal' cyclones the mangrove swamps absorb much of the first shock which is why the people of the area do not build close to the sea.

Despite this a business group have ambitious plans to build an enormous tourism complex in the region, with everything from 'virgin beaches' to shopping centers, restaurants and mini-golf courses.

As Ghosh, and many others, point out, this would not only be an ecological disaster for the area but also a likely financial disaster for the group. The river system carries 8 times as ...

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