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Flood of Fire (Ibis Trilogy 3) - Amitav Ghosh

Flood of Fire (Ibis Trilogy 3) - Amitav Ghosh

Title: Flood of Fire

Author:  Amitav Ghosh

ISBN:  9780719569005

Weight:  990g

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Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh

The thrilling climax to the Ibis Trilogy that began with the 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 eastwards from Bengal to China, sailing into the midst of the First Opium War.  The turbulent voyage brings together a diverse group of travellers, each with their own agenda to pursue.  Among them is Kesri Singh, a sepoy in the East India Company who leads a company of Indian sepoys; Zachary Reid, an impoverished young sailor searching for his lost love, and Shireen Modi, a determined widow en route to China to reclaim her opium-trader husband’s wealth and reputation.  Flood of Fire follows a varied cast of characters from India to China, through the outbreak of the First Opium War and China’s devastating defeat, to Britain's seizure of Hong Kong.

Flood of Fire is a thrillingly realised and richly populated novel, imbued with a wealth of historical detail, suffused with the magic of place and plotted with verve.  It is a beautiful novel in its own right, and a compelling conclusion to an epic and sweeping story – it is nothing short of a masterpiece.

Peer & Press Reviews

It is a testimony to Ghosh’s great skills that he can both teach us history and create believable fictional characters…  What makes Ghosh's characters come alive all the more is the use of language…  Ghosh, occasionally, translates, but often does not, yet pulls off this presentation of the medley of tongues his characters use with great aplomb.

Mihir Bose, The Independent

The best bits of the trilogy, however, do not merely satirize the greed and hypocrisy of the foreign traders; but allow crosscurrents of sympathy… full of unforgettable vignettes.

The Spectator

Ghosh’s scrupulous depiction of army life is just one part of this tour de force of historical description.  Together, the novels are a weighty and precious chronicle of those times, a compendium of lost habits, languages and attitudes…  Flood of Fire has all the romance, subterfuge and ingenious plotting to keep Ghosh’s audience firmly lagowed.  But it is the integrity of his historical vision that will ensure his books outlast other literary dumbpokes.

FT Weekend

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Attribute Details
Title: Flood of Fire
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Series: Ibis Trilogy – book 3
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: On a tipped-in signature page immediately before the half title page.  This page also gives the book’s title and the author’s name.
Book Stats
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Imprint: John Murray
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780719569005
ISBN 10: 0719569001
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 607
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 161 x 52mm
Weight: 1.151kg [heavy book]
Design Credits
Jacket illustration: Stephen Johnston
Jacket lettering: Stephen Johnston
Maps: Rodney Paull

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