Sea of Poppies
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ISBN10: 0312428596 ISBN13: 9780312428594 Publisher: Picador USA Published: Sep 29 2009 Pages: 543 Weight: 1.25lbs. Height: 8.25" Width: 5.50" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
The first in an epic trilogy, Sea of Poppies is a remarkably rich saga . . . which has plenty of action and adventure la Dumas, but moments also of Tolstoyan penetration--and a drop or two of Dickensian sentiment (The Observer London]).At the heart of this vibrant saga is a vast ship, the Ibis. Her destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean shortly before the outbreak of the Opium Wars in China. In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a diverse cast of Indians and Westerners on board, 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. The vast sweep of this historical adventure spans the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling high seas, and the exotic backstreets of Canton. With a panorama of characters whose diaspora encapsulates the vexed colonial history of the East itself, Sea of Poppies is a storm-tossed adventure worthy of Sir Walter Scott (Vogue).