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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,870 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amitav Ghosh Narrator: Sanjiv Jhaveri Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The 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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Aditya Lotia | 2/12/2014

    " Although I would rate the first part (Sea of Poppies) slightly higher than this one, but this is equally captivating, if not more. Story telling at its best! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ann Klefstad | 2/12/2014

    " A worthy successor to the dazzling, humanly rich, hilarious, tragic "Sea of Poppies." I am waiting for the third volume of this trilogy with anticipation and foreboding . . . history has little kindness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rachell | 2/7/2014

    " Like many reviewers, I read Sea of Poppies, loved it, and waited with bated breath for the sequel. Alas, River of Smoke proved to be less satisfying. It has many of the same elements that I loved in Sea of Poppies -- the historical detail, the linguistic playfulness, the quirky yet believable characters (many of them new). However, it was missing the narrative drive and emotion that made SoP addictive. In SoP, the characters are on a metaphorical as well as physical journey, and grow and develop in surprising ways. In RoS, the only character with significant change is Bahram Moddie, and his story arc was a bit too predictable for me to become fully invested. Also disappointing was that Paulette, who was captivating in SoP, was relegated to a narrative device in RoS. Still, I plan to read the third installment, and would recommend both books to anyone who thinks globalization is a modern phenomenon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eli | 2/1/2014

    " I didn't get what the first chapter or two had to do with anything else, but after that it was really good, with a whole bunch of different good characters all interlocked in interesting ways. I couldn't tell how much of the story was factual. "

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