Sunday, January 1, 2012

River of Smoke


River of SmokeRiver of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book of the Ibis Trilogy, which follows the development of the Opium Trade in the mid 1800s.

The first book left off with the characters sailing from Calcutta to Mauritius, following the movement of opium from the production site to shipment. This book centers on the trade in Canton which eventually precipitates into the Opium Wars between Britain and China.

As with the first book, this book appears extensively researched. It is refreshing to read about this chapter in history from the point of view of an Indian Parsi, rather than the usual British/American or Chinese. I enjoyed reading it because of the wealth of information it provided, though the writing was not as compelling in parts.

I'm looking forward to the last installment of the trilogy.


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