Packing a wildly varied cast of characters and all of their
stories on board a ship and expecting it to stay afloat through 500 pages seems
a dangerous proposition for a novel. With Sea of Poppies, Amitav Ghosh
proves it can also be a brilliant one. In a thoroughly enjoyable blend of
historical fiction, comedy of manners, linguistic play, and socio-political
underpinnings, the Ibis becomes its own sea-borne universe populated by
travelers cut off from the past, trapped and set free all at once by total
A fallen Raja; the son of a freed American slave and her white owner; a French orphan girl disguised as a man and seeking her heritage; the widow of an opium addict and indentured poppy grower; a mysterious prisoner; and dozens of others converge on the ship's decks as sailors, servants, laborers, spiritual seekers, and stowaways. Soon, men and women who...
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
- PW Starred Review
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