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The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Fevers, Delirium & Discovery Paperback – January 23, 2001
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The Calcutta Chromosome is one of those books that's marketed as a mainstream thriller even though it is an excellent science fiction novel (It won the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award). The main character is a man named Antar, whose job is to monitor a somewhat finicky computer that sorts through mountains of information. When the computer finds something it can't catalog, it brings the item to Antar's attention. A string of these seemingly random anomalies puts Antar on the trail of a man named Murugan, who disappeared in Calcutta in 1995 while searching for the truth behind the discovery of the cure for malaria. This search for Murugan leads, in turn, to the discovery of the Calcutta Chromosome, which can shift bits of personality from one person to another. That's when things really get interesting. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Ghosh's latest novel, after the accaimed The Shadow Lines (LJ 5/1/89), is part medical thriller, part science fiction, and part literary conspiracy novel, but entirely readable.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I finally put it down it was so boring. The topic held great potential for a super medical suspense story. Hey it didn't deliver. The book was one of his earlier ones and I think if he were to write it now, after he experienced many years of honing his writing, it would probably be a better book.
It is the first book I have read by him that I didn't love!! Every author deserves patience and understanding as he is growing as a writer.
The characters are talking heads; nobody's personality is distinguishable. It's impossible to care about anyone because all they do is explain things to each other. The unique perspectives are rendered unnecessary because everyone's perspective reads the same. Interesting bits from the beginning are dropped partway through and forgotten by the author completely.
This should have been an essay or a fun, clean short story instead of a novel.