Sea of Poppies (Bookray)
10 journalers for this copy...
P.S I'm in love with the gorgeous cover.
Bookray - Shipping order
-> franaloe (Netherlands) (Booker Roundabout)
-> Lari (Netherlands) (Booker Roundabout)
-> Xeyra (Portugal)(Booker Roundabout)
-> Sternschnuppe28 (Germany)(Booker Roundabout)
-> iliotropio (Belguim)(Booker Roundabout)
-> Cross-Patch (UK) (Booker Roundabout)
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MarthaK-H (UK, eu)
arturogrande (UK, EU)**its here**
MarcThomas (France, eu)
I thought I'd post some questions and things for people to think about for after they have read the book, to hopfully spark some discussion through the JEs
- What sort of a person is Deeti? How does her 'rebirth' change her? Where does this power come from?
- How did you feel about the friendship of the two convicts?
- On-board the women almost lose cast, yet heirarchical positions are still strongly held by the men onboard ship. Do you agree? Whay do you think this is so.
- Does the fact that Sea of Poppies is based on real historical events affect your reading of it?
- Sea of Poppies is the first in the Ibis Triology, does it work on its own? Do you have any predictions of what may happen in the later novels?
Some of these questions are taken from the books webpage http://www.ibistrilogy.com/
I felt that Deeti was freed from social contraits when she remarriaed and changed castes, the change and the openess and love of her new husband spurred her on to push for the happiness and rights of the others. The women accept her and they become equal, as they are all suffering in the same way, they are all also onboard as a means of escape and thus see the new place as a place without caste. Deeti comes to love several of these women and through this and her strength she is soon seen as the representative for the whole group.
I felt that the book was a complete story alone, but I will be interested to find out the fate of the characters particuarly Deeti, Paulette, Zachary and Neel in a future book.
I will be sending this out in the next week to start it moving.
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Starting its long journey around Europe, lets hope it arrives safely each step of the journey x
BTW, I really do like the cover, too!
I only realized at the end of the book that this is the first part of a trilogy. Although the book can theoretically stand alone, the end is too open to really satisfy. Too much is happening still, and too much is told and speculated about the future of the main characters to just consider this story as finished.
I had to keep reminding myself that times were different at the time of the story. I wish women could have stood up for their rights more, but of course that was out of the question then. Actually, they act quite independent and self secure, considering their caste and the time they are living in.
I will definitely keep my eyes open for parts 2 and 3, as I am very curious what will happen upon arrival...
The book is on its way to Laui. Enjoy!
In my opinion Deeti was more annoying in her new role. I don't see a woman 'mothering' like that, it was not very real to me anymore. Part of it (the annoying bit) is also part of me personally. I honestly don't think that anyone in such a situation would really behave like that. Other characters from the story were more true, like Zachary, though he maybe was painted as a bit of a softie. I don't know, I do believe his sentiments, but I feel that it might be a bit too modern?
The friendship between Neel and Ah Fatt seemed genuine to me, and it's like the guy in the prison says: they're all they've got, they have no choice but to be friends.
About the women aboard: I think it's easier to be equals when you're with a small number. And maybe this is because they're all in the same room, and not in different positions? Because I feel that the male coolies feel they're more equal, too. The only two standing out are Paulette and Deeti and they have big secrets to keep, so it's easier to blend in, as not to reveal yourself.
I'm quite curious about the next parts, just to know how it ends. Though I might have reservations if the sequel is as big as this one. It might be a little demotivating ;) Predictions: nah, I found this book not as predictable as I'd thought, so I'm in for a surprise!
I've asked Xeyra for her address, I'll post again when I send it out (hopefully within a week).
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I'm sorry for the delay, I've had it packed & ready for a few days, but just didn't make it to the post office...
It's on its way to Portugal now, though. :)
an amazon-reviewer wrote:
Set in nineteenth century India, Sea of Poppies is a picaresque novel with intellectual aspirations. The story is centered on the Ibis, a former slave ship sailed to Calcutta by a polyglot crew of lascars under the charge of Zachary Reid, a newly minted second mate. The Ibis has been purchased by British merchant Benjamin Burnham, who intends to use it to run Indian opium to China. The Chinese emperor has halted the opium trade, though, so Zachary and the crew are directed to load the hold with prisoners and indentured laborers and then transport the lot to Mauritius.
The Ibis brings together a multinational cast of jahaj bhais, or ship brothers. Zachary is a mulatto American freedman. The ship's bursar, Baboo Nob Kissin is a Bengali who believes his body has been inhabited by his dead guru. Plucky Paulette Lambert is a Frenchwoman seeking to escape from the prospect of an undesirable betrothal to an older man. Deeti and Kalua have fled their poppy growing Indian village hoping to find a a better life. Then there's Neel, a former maharajah brought down by debt and the collusion of Burnham and the British legal system.
All of their fates are brought to a boil as the Ibis makes its way across the "black water" to Mauritius. Every one of these characters is engaging, and the historical detail, from the shape of the Ibis' sails to the inside of Calcutta's Lalbazar jail, is extremely fine grained. Ghosh goes to great pains to use the correct terminology of the time, from the pidgin spoken by Indian villagers to the slang of British military men to the nautical terms bandied about by the multinational lascars. This slurry of language is what binds together the polyglot British Empire and the mini-nation assembled on the Ibis. Even if his obscure wordplay does illustrate the struggle for clarity that the characters go through in their interactions with one another, Ghosh's "abawans" and "puckrows," tossed liberally onto every page, make for tedious going at times.
The novel is rescued from its linguistic excesses by the energy, humor and intimacy with which Ghosh embraces his characters. Even though the climax of the story feels abrupt - this is the first book of a projected trilogy - it does leave us wanting to know more about the fate of the Ibis' crew and passengers.
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I have read part of the book and haved loved it, so when I saw a copy the other day I decided to get my own and move this one on. I hope you enjoy it. Happy reading!
Update to this release....For some unknown reason I mistakenly sent this book to Mafarrimond to whom I owe a massive vote of thanks for then forwarding it on to the rightful recipient. I am so grateful.
Hope the next reader has more luck. Wrapping up and sending to arturogrande this week.
I'm just waiting for MarcThomas's address, and then I'll get it in the post to him.
Sorry to have held onto this book and still not got round to reading it!
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
It looked big, but it was open at both ends and I could see bubble wrap inside and it didn't look heavy. He handed me the package and it was soooo heavy for one hand that I dropped it on my poor foot ! It hit like a brick! I couldn't bend down easily to pick it up one-handed because I was holding the bathrobe closed and both the delivery man and neighbour were watching me like hawks!
I had to take his little machine and sign on the screen whilst the book rested on my poor throbbing foot! Eventually I was able to turn my back on both of them and pick up this very heavy book without them seeing anything that they shouldn't have, but I was facing the neighbour's kitchen window at the time. I hope no one was in there looking out of the window! Please don't ask me why there was a German man delivering in Holland, and not able to speak the Dutch language! I don't know because I didn't hang around long enough to ask him.
Thank you so much MarcThomas for sending me this book! I certainly wasn't expecting anything so large and so heavy! I won't be carrying this one around in my handbag to read whilst travelling around on buses, that's for sure! The postage on this "brick" must have cost a fortune, or does France have a special book rate? I will be sending you a PM shortly. Meanwhile I'm going to go and put more poor throbbing foot up while I glance through the book. I really am happy to have a chance to read this book. Thanks for your generosity. I will be sending you a book too.