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River of Smoke is set in 1838 and tells the story of three ships that are stuck off the Canton co... Read More

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River of Smoke is set in 1838 and tells the story of three ships that are stuck off the Canton coast due to a heavy storm. Bahram Modi, a Bombay-based parsi opium trader owns the Anahita, while Flitcher Penrose owns the Redruth and the Ibis. The Ibis is carrying convicts, Neel Rattan, a zamindar and Ah Fatt, a Canton-based criminal. This novel delves into the different levels and faces of these major characters. Bahram Modi is a lowly son-in-law who gets his rich father-in-law to give him the seed capital that he needs to step into the opium trade.

Bahram executes several successful expeditions to China, which helps him generate a great deal of wealth for his family. However, his father-in-law suddenly passes away, after which Bahram's brothers-in-law attempt to coerce him into giving up his trade. Bahram is adamant to ship a huge consignment of opium to China, despite its ban in the country. His family in Bombay are oblivious of the fact that Bahram has a son from a Chinese woman, Chi Mei. This son is Ah Fat. Flitcher Penrose is on a search for rare plants in China. He is joined by Lambert, a French botanist's daughter.

Is Bahram able to carry out his business plans, despite the Chinese government's ban? What happens to Flitcher's search for Golden camellias? This edition of River of Smoke was published by Penguin India in 2012 and is available in paperback.

Key Features:

The book was shortlisted for the Economist Crossword Book award and the Man Asian Literary Prize.

Product Details

Title: River Of Smoke
Author: Amitav Ghosh
Publisher: Penguin Random House India
ISBN: 9780670082155
SKU: BK0123769
EAN: 9780670082155
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Reading age : All Age Groups

About Author

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956. He grew up in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. He studied at the universities of Delhi and Oxford and published the first of eight novels, The Circle of Reason, in 1986. The first novel in his Ibis trilogy, Sea of Poppies, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He received the Jnanpith Award in 2018.

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