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River of Smoke (Ibis Trilogy) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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About the Author
Amitav Ghosh is the internationally bestselling author of many works of fiction and non-fiction, including the novel The Glass Palace, and the recipient of numerous prizes and awards. He divides his time between Kolkata and Goa, India, and Brooklyn, New York.
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Many of the characters from book 1 are present in one way or another. They have grown with the passing of years. Many exist in the surreal Fanki-town set in the midst of Canton but subject to British laws and customs. When the Chinese government decide to rid the country of the pestilence of opium addiction our characters face another life altering event.
The book has a cast of characters - Chinese and foreigners in Canton - and like a number of past characters in Gosh's books, one gets to see a land from the eye of an expat or a foreigner. I personally enjoy this style as it provides a certain amount of objectivity and sometimes provides a global context to events.
The only part of the book which I did not enjoy much was the long letters that Robert Chinnery, a new character introduced in this book, writes to Paulette Lambert (Puggly). The letters begin with Robert telling Puggly about Canton and these letters though informative are like social or historical lessons. It seems like Gosh wanted to give us a full picture of Canton and uses the letters as a device.
Definitely a book to read and I will wait for the last book of the trilogy. Now to talk about the film adaptation; who do you think would be the best director to take on this project?
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The different characters from different cultures are like a gem each.Read more