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The Hungry Tide I know Amitav Ghosh isn t for everyone, but I just adore his writing I can t think of another author who can transport me to another place the way he does whether it s India, somewhere else in Asia, the US or the UK I haven t yet visited the Sundarbans, but after reading The Hungry Tide I feel like I ve squelched my toes in the mud and scratched my skin on the mangrove roots of that region.Piya Roy and Kanai rhymes with Hawaii Dutt meet on a train when both are traveling to the Sundarbans Piya to study the Irrawaddy dolphin population and Kanai to visit his aunt and review a manuscript left to him by his long departed uncle Through a series of events, Piya unexpectedly finds herself on Lusibari island, taking up Kanai s casual invitation to look him up while she s in the area Both get caught up in the I have mixed feelings about The Hungry Tide Amitav Ghosh tells a large story firmly set in a particular place the Mangrove covered islands in the estuary of the Ganges River The story has everything love, class difference, political conflict, natural and man made catastrophes, and, of course, dolphins, tigers, and crocodiles dangerous encounters with the latter two, friendly encounters with the first And that s the problem The story is contrived and contains dialogue that frequently doesn t ring true Moreover, Ghosh is maybe too eager to teach us what he knows of the natural history of his native land about the Irrawaddy Dolphin, for example, than I ever wanted to know Overarching all of this is a kind authorial sensitivity, working manfully towards a suitably acceptable happy ending Still, one reads forward, swept along by Ghosh s big story He The hungry tide, 2005, Amitav Ghosh, 2013 590 9786005941845 21 If Shadow Lines enthralled you, Amitav Ghosh s latest masterpiece, the Hungry Tide, will sweep you off your feet, and into the precarious waters of the Sundarbans.In the typical Ghosh style, the narrative moves fluidly between past and present You will be transported into the mindset of the superstitious yet brave folk, who have adapted themselves to the constant ebb and flow of the tide and are living in continuous fear of the Bengal tigers The tide begins to turn with the advent of two seekers from the outside world Piyali Roy, an Indian American marine biologist in search of the Irrawaddy dolphins and Kanai Dutt, an urbane translator from New Delhi who s there to retrieve his deceased uncle Nirmal s journal Their lives become intertwined particularly with Fokir, an illiterate but proud fisherman, who has the rivers in his heart As the narrative progresses, they are forced to respect nature in order to survive, and to communicate with people One of Amitav Ghosh s best books, I would say The setting of the book is in the Sundarbans in Eastern India a vast forest in the coastal region of the Bay of Bengal and considered one of the natural wonders of the world There is not much of a story as such in the novel, but there are excellent characters and visual depictions of the Sundarbans The landscape plays a prominent role in the book One could almost breathe Sundarbans However, unlike forests in Himalayan ranges in the North, Sunderbans display a certain kind of calm and beauty, but also leave a trail of heavy suffocation especially during the monsoon they are dark, humid, uninviting and there is always a sense of danger lurking in the air.On the brighter note, I loved reading about the landscape shown in the book, it is like I am knowing deeply a character, with its varied shades, in the novel The fact that such a region exists with its flora and fauna is delightful The immense density of these forests, the presence of white tigers the Bengal tiger make this place, among other things, precious.The other thing I liked about the book is the character portrayal of Fokir, a fisherman, a native of the place he acts like a guide to Piya Roy, an Indo American biologist who comes to Sundarbans to study the rare varieties of river dolphins in the region Fokir s character is wonderfully written he has the same qualities and a Amitav Ghosh, I must say is an amazing story teller and in this book he proved beyond doubt that literary skill of the Bengali is redoubtable Absolutely engrossing, this book is one such where you come across a great story which is amazingly written and make you an instant fan of the author.This book is well researched and the story is set in the 70 s, and it revolves around the Sundarbans and have this lovely descriptions of the land, the people and the animals I would actually call it informative Why 4 stars to this book, even though it is such an amazing book Yes, because at times the writer seems to me a bit too cynical and calculative.And I m bi Off The Easternmost Corner Of India, In The Bay Of Bengal, Lies The Immense Labyrinth Of Tiny Islands Known As The Sundarbans, Where Settlers Live In Fear Of Drowning Tides And Man Eating Tigers Piya Roy, A Young American Marine Biologist Of Indian Descent, Arrives In This Lush, Treacherous Landscape In Search Of A Rare Species Of River Dolphin And Enlists The Aid Of A Local Fisherman And A Translator Together The Three Of Them Launch Into The Elaborate Backwaters, Drawn Unawares Into The Powerful Political Undercurrents Of This Isolated Corner Of The World That Exact A Personal Toll As Fierce As The Tides. Home is where Orcaella are says PiaHome is where I can brew a perfect cup,of tea says NilimaHome is where books as fine as this reside says MeThis was a very educational journey into the tide country the Sunderbans.So far, Sunderban has just been a printed name in my geography text books of yore After years I encountered it in all its glory, ruthlessness and ethereal beauty, along with the magical folklore, which seems almost real to me, and the majestic man eating tiger.I will never forget the beauty of a rainbow hanging low over moonlight, or the ruthless storm uprooting giant trees as if those were small twigs placed in the ground,,or the madly rushing tidal waters of the river, or the groups of river dolphins.I learnt a lot from Pia, Nirmal, Horen and Fokir.I learnt to love animals and nature I became an environmentalist, a zoologist, a thinker philosophy still eludes me The ending was majestic I will This book was written well before Sea of Poppies It was a fairly interesting story set in an area of Eastern India in a labyrinth of tiny islands known as the Sundarbans, where settlers live in fear of drowning tides and man eating tigers It was almost of a documentary giving interesting facts about the history of the settlers, how the government fought them using this ground, how they eked out a living there and were sometimes eaten by Tigers Dang tigers The story of the American Marine biologist from Seattle there to study two rare species of Dolphins, and her relationship wit this guy is such a terrible writer, I don t know why I bother Full review once I finish this abominable page turnerOK, done I really can t bear Gosh s style, the dialogue is completely implausible, with nearly every character speaking as though they re declaiming to the wind He has an unnecessarily high adjective count, and he just generally annoys me On the upside, this book does some nice stuff with structu


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About the Author: Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh is one of India s best known writers His books include The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, Incendiary Circumstances, The Hungry Tide His most recent novel, Sea of Poppies, is the first volume of the Ibis Trilogy.Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956 He studied in Dehra Dun, New Delhi, Alexan