Amitav Ghosh’s River of Smoke (2011)
My new year of reading began with Sea of Poppies, the first in Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis trilogy.
It’s been highly recommended by Eva, Aarti, Karen, Jane and Mel (perhaps other readers too, do tell!).
Each of them commented on the fact that the book read more quickly than they would have guessed, based on the size: I wholeheartedly agree!
For some years now, I have been working to finish reading series not start them (my FictFact profile calculates that I am “following” 237 series and I excel at the Begin, Then Abandon pattern – perhaps you are familiar with it), so the length of these three novels was initially off-putting.
But I’m not even hesitating with this trilogy: onwards!
“The vision of a tall-masted ship, at sail on the ocean, came to Deeti on an otherwise ordinary day, but she knew instantly that the apparition was a sign of destiny, for she had never seen such a vessel before, not even in a dream: how could she have, living as she did in northern Bihar, four hundred miles from the coast?”
Sea of Poppies