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River of Smoke
Author: Amitav Ghosh

ISBN: 9780719568893
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 592
Published: 10 May 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0 x 3.8
The sequel to the bestselling, Booker-shortlisted, Sea of Poppies.

In September 1838 a storm blows up on the Indian Ocean and the Ibis, a ship carrying a consignment of convicts and indentured laborers from Calcutta to Mauritius, is caught up in the whirlwind. When the seas settle, five men have disappeared - two lascars, two convicts and one of the passengers. Did the same storm upend the fortunes of those aboard the Anahita, an opium carrier heading towards Canton And what fate befell those aboard the Redruth, a sturdy two-masted brig heading East out of Cornwall Was it the storm that altered their course or were the destinies of these passengers at the mercy of even more powerful forces On the grand scale of an historical epic, River of Smoke follows its storm-tossed characters to the crowded harbors of China. There, despite efforts of the emperor to stop them, ships from Europe and India exchange their cargoes of opium for boxes of tea, silk, porcelain and silver. Among them are Bahram Modi, a wealthy Parsi opium merchant out of Bombay, his estranged half-Chinese son Ah Fatt, the orphaned Paulette and a motley collection of others whose pursuit of romance, riches a...

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