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Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh
  

Flood of Fire

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June 2015 Book of the Month.

A thrillingly realised and richly populated novel, imbued with a wealth of historical detail, suffused with the magic of place and plotted with verve. It is difficult to know if this huge, sprawling novel would have quite the same appeal if you had not read the first two but I suspect you could probably dive into this as a complex historical adventure of India and China in the middle of the 19th century when the East India Company had great power. It mostly revolves round opium. Here four main characters relate the tale in different voices creating their own individual atmosphere, for the fans let me tell you they are Bhyro Singh’s secretary, his wife, his assistant and a soldier, Kesri Singh. The story jumps from one strand to another for the first half of the book with some truly lovely cameo pieces, a joy. It is also a beautiful novel in its own right, and a compelling conclusion to an epic and sweeping story - the bestselling Ibis trilogy from the author of Booker-shortlisted Sea of Poppies - it is nothing short of a masterpiece. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

The Ibis Trilogy:
1. Sea of Poppies
2. River of Smoke
3. Flood of Fire

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Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.  You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Alan Brown - 'A Dickens like classic. Deserves to be read by as many people as possible for years to come. The three books bring out the Opium Wars from the dusty shelves of history. Beautiful language.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'The last book in the amazing heart stopping Ibis Trilogy.'
  • Janet Gilliard - 'was gripped from the start and really became immersed in the story and the characters. I learnt a lot about the colonial history of the East and was sad when I finished the last book. Highly recommended.'
  • Barbara Goldie - 'The final part of a great trilogy, absorbing read with great impact, stays with you long after the book is closed!'
  • Magdalena Vidgen - 'Although it was interesting from the historical point of view, I think it was the weakest part of the trilogy.'
  • Neil Beattie - 'Flood of Fire is a wonderful installment to the already thrilling Ibis saga. Full of historical detail and the colour of the different countries and cultures.'
  • Jan Kirkcaldy - 'it certainly brought life into a largely forgotten era.  Not an easy read but definitely an education.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This is probably one of my favourite books in this trilogy...with laugh out loud moments these characters were impossible not to like.'
  • Anita Wallas - ' I was enthralled from start to finish. Flood of Fire is a giant of a book and a fitting conclusion to the truly astonishing Ibis trilogy.'

Synopsis

Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh

It is 1839 and tension has been rapidly mounting between China and British India following the crackdown on opium smuggling by Beijing. With no resolution in sight, the colonial government declares war. One of the vessels requisitioned for the attack, the Hind, travels eastwards from Bengal to China, sailing into the midst of the First Opium War. The turbulent voyage brings together a diverse group of travellers, each with their own agenda to pursue. Among them is Kesri Singh, a sepoy in the East India Company who leads a company of Indian sepoys; Zachary Reid, an impoverished young sailor searching for his lost love, and Shireen Modi, a determined widow en route to China to reclaim her opium-trader husband's wealth and reputation.

Reviews

'A masterpiece ... Flood of Fire is not just a work of literary imagination but also an exercise in deep and original historical reflection' Chris Clark, author of Sleepwalkers


About the Author

Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh was born in India and spent his childhood in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and northern India. He was educated in Delhi, Oxford and Egypt and has taught in a number of Indian and American universities. He is the author of a travel book and three novels. His work has appeared in publications worldwide, including the New Yorker, the Observer and the New York Times. He is married with two children and lives in New York.

Author photo © Dayanita Singh - Dream Villa Production

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Book Info

Publication date

28th May 2015

Author

Amitav Ghosh

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Publisher

John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of John Murray General Publishing Division

Format

Hardback

Categories

Literary Fiction
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ISBN

9780719569005

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