Author: Amitav Ghosh
Publisher: Ravi Dayal
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175300523
Between the sea and the plains of Bengal, on the easternmost coast of India, lies an immense archipelago of islands. Some are vast and some no larger than sandbars; some are vast and some no larger than sandbars; some have lasted through recorded history while others have just washed into being. These are the Sundarbans. Here there are no borders to divide fresh water from salt, river from sea, even land from water from salt, river from sea, even land from water. Here, for hundreds of years, only the truly dispossessed braved the man-eating tigers and the crocodiles who rule there, to eke a precarious existence from the mud. Here, at the beginning of the last century, a visionary Scotsman founded a utopian settlement where peoples of all races, classes and religions could live together.
The settlers of the Sundarbans believe that anyone without a pure heart who ventures into the watery labyrinth will never return. It is the arrival of Piyali Roy, of Indian parentage but stubbornly American, and of Kanai Dutt, a sophisticated Delhi businessman, that disturbs the delicate balance of settlement life. Kani has returned to the islands on the request of his aunt, a local figure, for the first time since the death of his uncle, a political radical who die mysteriously in the aftermath of a local uprising. When Piya, who is on the track of the rare river dolphins, hires Fokir, an illiterate but proud local man to guide her through the back waters, Kanai becomes her translator. From this moment, the tide begins to turn.
Amitav Ghosh has discovered another new territory, summoning a singular, fascinating place, another world, from its history and myth and bringing it to life. Yet The Hungry Tide also explores another and far more unknowable jungle: the human spirit. It is a novel that asks at every turn: what man can take the true measure of another?
The Hungry Tide is a remarkable book, a whirlwind work of the imagination, as epic in its scope and ambition as Amitav Ghosh's previous, widely-acclaimed novels.
Ghosh has established himself as one of the finest prose writers of his generation of Indians writing in English.
A distinctive voice, polished and profound.
-Times Literary Supplements
I cannot think of another contemporary writer with whom it would be this thrilling to go so far, so fast.
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