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The Hungry Tide: A Novel Paperback – June 7, 2006
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I was drawn to "The Hungry Tide" by its setting - the action takes place in the Sundarbans, the archipelago in the Bengal Bay, at the mouth of the Ganges, partially belonging to India and partially to Bangladesh, where the fresh river water mixes with the saltwater from the ocean. The tides make the Sundarbans a difficult place to live for humans, but, at the same time, a unique habitat for fauna and flora. The mangrove swamps are dominant, and they provide the shelter for many species of animals, which are specific to the region or very rare in other areas. The example is the Royal Bengal Tiger, a man-eater, featuring in "The Hungry Tide" together with several species of dolphins and deadly crocodiles.
The novel starts with the meeting of two main characters, Piyali (Piya), an Indian-American field biologist specialized in dolphins, and Kanai, a sophisticated interpreter and businessman, on the train to Canning. Piya has a plan to collect data on the life of the rare river dolphins, which are the subject of her research. Kanai was summoned by his aunt, Nilima, to the island of Lusibari (he spent there only one summer as a schoolboy), where she runs a charity, to get the package left to him in the will of his late uncle, Nirmal, a leftist schoolteacher with literary ambitions. Kanai is interested in Piya, and when they part in Canning, he invites her to Lusibari.
From this point, the narration is separated into alternating chapters devoted to the doings of Piya and Kanai.Read more ›
Sundarbans, a vast forest that insulates the inland of lower Bengal in India from the ocean, is slowly being denuded of its bio-diversity; the ecological balance is seriously being threatened. And all these are because the life of the ordinary, extremely poor people living there do not count for anything to the political establishments. As the scientist Mr. Piddington warned, if the forest is itself endangered that is certainly to diminish the possibility of Calcutta being protected any more against the devastating oceanic storms of Bay of Bengal. Interestingly that threat of a sad destiny where the guilty will not be spared destruction is hinted at very clearly through a metaphorical local tale of Bon-bibi and Dakshin Rai among the dwellers of Sundarbans.Read more ›
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I love all of Amitav's books. This one taught me so much about the mangroves and the effects of climate change on islands and the effects that climate change will have on people's... Read morePublished 29 days ago by brenda
A good read and compelling tale. Ghosh is a superb author, This was one of his first novels and doesn't quite stand up to later works, especially the Ibis trilogy and the Glass... Read morePublished 1 month ago by WyldWoodsWomyn
I had never heard of the Sundarban until an NPR story in which Amitav Ghosh was interviewed and this book was mentioned. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ann Travis
The tide country setting is as much a character as any human in this thought-provoking tale of human and nature interaction --- not just human and nature, but human and human as... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leslie Carter Rawls
I just finished this book for the second time. The writing is exquisite. The character development is compelling. So glad I revisited it.Published 2 months ago by Elayne Shapiro
This book has some unusual characters representing several cultures and social milieu. Life in a unique Indian ecological niche and the subculture, flora and fauna that populate... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dr. June M. Reinisch
This is the fourth novel that I have read by Amitav Ghosh and I remain astounded by his intelligence and his mastery of language. Read morePublished 5 months ago by NC Goodwin