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Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy 1) - Amitav Ghosh

Sea of Poppies (Ibis Trilogy 1) - Amitav Ghosh
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Title: Sea of Poppies

Author:  Amitav Ghosh

ISBN:  9780719568954

Weight:  990g

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dated first edition, first printing

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Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh

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.

Peer & Press Reviews

Sea of Poppies boasts a varied collection of characters to love and hate, and provides wonderfully detailed descriptions of opium production… utterly involving and piles on tension until the very last page.

Peter Parker, The Sunday Times

The fantastic Anglo-Asian language they speak is infectious, and the sombre yet uncertain conclusion leaves one eager for the second novel in the trilogy

Daily Telegraph

Ghosh’s narrative is enriched with a wealth of historical detail… as well as intricate characterisation that makes interaction among the diverse group truly absorbing.

The Times

Bibliographic Info

AttributeDetails
Title:Sea of Poppies
Author:
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Series:Ibis Trilogy – book 1
Book features:Dark green cover with gold coloured text / pattern on spine, gold and copper coloured decorative head and tail bands.  The cream endpapers are printed with the same red poppy design as the jacket.
Jacket features:Matt laminate finish, gloss varnish and metallic red highlights (on the poppies)
Overall condition:Fine / Very fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed:Yes – on the title page
Lined:Yes – The vision of a tall-masted ship.. [start of first sentence]
Dated:Yes – 1/5/08 [publication day]
Book Stats
Publisher:Hodder & Stoughton
Imprint:John Murray
Awards and prizes:

Vodafone Crossword Book Award 2009 (English Fiction) – winner

Indiaplaza Golden Quill Award 2009 (Best Book) – winner

Indiaplaza Golden Quill Award 2009 (Readers' Choice) – winner

Man Booker Prize 2008 – shortlist

Publication date:
Printed by:Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13:9780719568954
ISBN 10:0719568951
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages:468
Size (h x w x d):241 x 161 x 44mm
Weight:1.071kg [heavy book]
Design Credits
Jacket illustration:Stephen Johnston
Jacket lettering:Stephen Johnston

Collectors Notes & Author Links

  • Besides his novels, Amitav Ghosh has had numerous essays published in The New Yorker, The New Republic and The New York Times.  Likewise, Penguin India and Houghton Mifflin USA have both published collections of his essays (The Imam and the Indian, and Incendiary Circumstances, respectively).  His work is now available in more than 20 languages.
  • Ghosh’s historical epic, The Ibis Trilogy, began in 2008 with the Man Booker shortlisted Sea of Poppies.  The story will end in 2015 with the publication of Flood of Fire
Sea of Poppies 01 May 2008
River of Smoke 09 Jun 2011
Flood of Fire 28 May 2015

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