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Author: Amitav Ghosh Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781423373780
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At the heart of this vibrant saga is an immense ship, the Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean, its purpose to fight China’s vicious nineteenth-century Opium Wars. As for the crew, they are a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts. 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 free-spirited 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. The vast sweep of this historical adventure embraces the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling high seas, and the crowded backstreets of Canton. But it is the panorama of characters, whose diaspora encapsulates the vexed colonial history of the East itself, that makes Sea of Poppies so breathtakingly alive – a masterpiece from one of the world’s finest novelists. "Such is the power of Ghosh's precise, understated prose that one occasionally wishes to turn the pages three at a time, eager to find out where Ghosh's tale is headed." - The Boston Globe Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Ghosh orchestrates his polyphonic saga with a composer’s fine touch…The density of settings, from rural India to teeming Calcutta to the Sudder Opium Factory, is historically convincing, and the author pays close attention to variations in speech…Planned as the first of a trilogy, this astonishing, mesmerizing launch will be hard to top.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “The cast is marvelous and the plot majestically serpentine, but the real hero is the English language, which has rarely felt so alive and vibrant.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “[A] majestic epic…Ghosh masterfully weaves the economic tumult of 1830s India and the calculations of British imperialism into the lives of an array of finely wrought characters…In addition to fascinating back stories, Ghosh expertly utilizes language to delineate the differences between the characters…Complementing Ghosh’s nuanced portrayal of linguistic variation is his richly detailed treatment of seamanship…Mesmerizing.”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • “Amitav Ghosh’s literary costume drama Sea of Poppies gathers together a boisterous Babel of characters…for a storm-tossed adventure worthy of Sir Walter Scott.”


  • “[A] sprawling and rather wonderful new historical novel…Ghosh’s own beautifully made sentences and paragraphs buoy up ship, plot, characters, and the setting itself with a natural ease and beauty.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “[A] remarkably rich saga…which has plenty of action and adventure à la Dumas, but moments also of Tolstoyan penetration—and a drop or two of Dickensian sentiment.”

    Observer (London)

  • “One leaves this long page-turner wishing it could continue. One waits eagerly for its sequels. Sea of Poppies is a tremendous novel…[The] Ibis trilogy will surely come to be regarded as one of the masterpieces of twenty-first-century fiction.”

    Literary Review

  • “Bedazzling…Amitav Ghosh’s Sea of Poppies, the first volume in his Ibis trilogy, revisits in new, breathtakingly detailed and compelling ways some of the concerns of his earlier novels…We await with eagerness the second volume of the trilogy.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Rich and panoramic, Amitav Ghosh’s latest novel—the first of a promised trilogy—sees this Indian author on masterly form…Sea of Poppies is a sprawling adventure with a cast of hundreds and numerous intricate stories encompassing poverty and riches, despair and hope, and the long-fingered reach of the opium trade…Lustrous.”


  • “One does not need the impressive bibliography of sources at the end to be struck by the wealth of period detail the author commands. His descriptions bring a lost world to life…Ghosh relegates his British colonists to the margins of his story, giving pride of place to the neglected subjects of the imperial enterprise: colonialism’s impoverished, and usually colored, victims…His novel is also a delight. I can’t wait to see what happens to these laborers and seamen, the defrocked raja and the transgendered mystic in the next volume.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • Sea of Poppies works well as a free-standing novel. But it also lays the groundwork for Mr. Ghosh’s larger project. By the time this book ends, the reader has been caught up in a plot of Dickensian intricacy, the Ibis readied for whatever its mission may be, and the characters firmly enveloped in new, self-created identities.”

    New York Times

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2008 Economist Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2008 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year for Fiction
  • A 2008 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2008 New York Times Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2008 Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year for Fiction
  • A 2008 Publishers Weekly Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2008 Man Booker Prize Finalist

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About the Author

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956 and raised and educated in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Iran, Egypt, India, and the United Kingdom, where he received his PhD in social anthropology from Oxford. Acclaimed for fiction, travel writing, and journalism, his books include The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In an Antique Land, and Dancing in Cambodia. His previous novel, The Glass Palace, was an international bestseller that sold more than a half-million copies in Britain. Recently published there, The Hungry Tide has been sold for translation in twelve foreign countries and is also a bestseller abroad. Ghosh has won France’s Prix Medici Etranger, India’s prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the Pushcart Prize. He now divides his time between Harvard University, where he is a visiting professor, and his homes in India and Brooklyn, New York.

About the Narrator

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.