Off the eastern coast of India lies an extraordinary cluster of islands known as the Sundarbans. It is a raw but beautiful area, a place of man-eating tigers, river dolphins, huge crocodiles, and devastating tides that sweep across the terrain without remorse. In this exotic land, marine biologist Piya, fisherman Fokir, and translator Kanai meet. As they travel deep into the remote archipelago, they experience a territory at risk not only from natural disaster, but also from human foolishness and volatile politics.
Hailed as "a novelist of dazzling ingenuity" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Ghosh delivers a rich and evocative story of profound truths staged against an unforgettable backdrop.
©2005 Amitav Ghosh; (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC
"Another triumph of gorgeous writing, intelligent romance, and keen philosophical inquiries." (Booklist)
"One doesn't so much read Ghosh's masterful fifth novel as inhabit his characters and the alluring if treacherous Sundarban archipelago." (Publishers Weekly)
I almost gave this 4 stars. Interesting well paced story that creates a vivid picture of a very exotic and little known area and its inhabitants in India. My problem with this book was the characters; they just really never come to life. If the backdrop is enough for you, then you'll enjoy this book. If you want engaging characters, this comes up short.
I listened to this book after once attempting to read the hard cover version. As with the actual book, I was very bored early on and it wasn't easy to get into the story. But give it time. The author tells a great tale, and I learned a lot about the Sunderbans too. As an Indian American, I can relate a lot to the main character, Pia. A nice read.
Amitava Ghosh's writing is sublime and nuanced, and Firdous Bamji gets Ghosh. What more can I say? It is a beautiful book, and a beautiful audio rendition.
dolphin research and characters not found at the mall, makes fascinated reading, I read it 3 times.
I was surprised at how much I liked this it was beautiful and poetic. I had to read it for class and usually the books are somewhat dull. this one kept me engaged and it reminded me of Jack London.
I probably missed a lot along the way. The story was very engaging. I love it.
I didn't read the book so I don't know spelling. Folkire.
Pia. She deserves a good meal.
I love Ghosh and this novel didnt disappoint. The performance was terrific with a variety of accents and correct pronunciation of words in Bengali and Hindi. Definitely enhanced the novel
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