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Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
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Oct 29, 2014

really liked it
bookshelves: first-reads, my-library
Read in December, 2009 , read count: 1

This is a very enjoyable read, a complex story that delves into and exposes a culture I will probably never see first-hand. Effectively moving, it manages to pull your emotions and affections in all directions at once. It brings to life traditions and history that have been nearly lost, and it asks us to consider our own society in the light of this one so very different and so very similar to our own. It makes me wonder if I would have had the guts and the ingenuity to make it in that world - instead, I just cheer on the characters, wondering with every page if they are going to survive either. My only criticism is that the frequency of non-English terms at times becomes very distracting, and I had to re-read passages or struggle over words on occasion, making it difficult to form a clear and vivid picture in my head. I supposed the glossary in the back was supposed to help with that, but I hate having to flip back and forth, as it is more distracting than just not understanding one word in a sentence or passage. But the story is touching, and the relationships leave behind a warm feeling. Sea of Poppies presents a social mandate to investigate the relationships between classes, and it asks us to reconsider them with a hopeful tone to its voice.

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