Ibis Trilogy

3 books in series
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Sea of Poppies Summary

At the heart of this epic saga, set just before the Opium Wars, is an old slaving-ship, The Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean, its crew a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts.

In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a truly diverse cast of Indians and Westerners, from a bankrupt Raja to a widowed villager, from an evangelical English opium trader to a mulatto American freedman. 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 spans the lush poppy fields of the Ganges, the rolling high seas, and the exotic backstreets of China. But it is the panorama of characters, whose diaspora encapsulates the vexed colonial history of the East itself, which makes Sea of Poppies so breathtakingly alive - a masterpiece from one of the world's finest novelists.

©2008 Amitav Ghosh (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • Sea of Poppies

    • By: Amitav Ghosh
    • Narrated by: Kish Sharma
    • Length: 15 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 114
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 99

    In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a truly diverse cast of Indians and Westerners, from a bankrupt Raja to a widowed villager, from an evangelical English opium trader to a mulatto American freedman. 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • wonderful!

    • By alli on 26-08-15

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 2

    • River of Smoke

    • By: Amitav Ghosh
    • Narrated by: Lyndam Gregory
    • Length: 22 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 62
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42

    In September 1838 a storm blows up on the Indian Ocean and the Ibis, a ship carrying a consignment of convicts and indentured laborers from Calcutta to Mauritius, is caught up in the whirlwind. When the seas settle, five men have disappeared - two lascars, two convicts and one of the passengers. Did the same storm upend the fortunes of those aboard the Anahita, an opium carrier heading towards Canton?

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • What were they thinking?

    • By 72trails of smoke on 17-10-16

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 3

    • Flood of Fire

    • Ibis Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Amitav Ghosh
    • Narrated by: Raj Ghatak
    • Length: 23 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    The final book in the best-selling Ibis trilogy from the author of Booker-shortlisted Sea of Poppies. It is 1839, and tension has been rapidly mounting between China and British India following the crackdown on opium smuggling by Beijing. With no resolution in sight, the colonial government declares war. One of the vessels requisitioned for the attack, the Hind, travels eastward from Bengal to China, sailing into the midst of the First Opium War.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Last & least

    • By M. Griffiths on 19-12-15

    Regular price: £19.99