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The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh
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Nov 23, 09

Read in October, 2009

Fabulously researched. Makes great reading, especially if you have been to Sundarbans. Amitav Ghosh makes it come alive to the last detail. Amazing realism. A book that can be a bit tiring to someone who cannot visualise the Sundarbans. In any case, the Sundarbans has to be seen to be believed. The book has incomparable documentary value and puts Amitav Gosh high up on the list of up thorough researcher-novelists of the world. It takes time to pick up pace, but when it does, it is absolutely stormy.

Want to know the real Sundarbans? More than just the Crocodiles and Tigers? Read The Hungry Tide with a little patience. Don't worry the Crocs and Tigers are there too. Just like they are at the Sundarbans... 'always present, but rarely seen'.

Mr. Ghosh proves once again that he is a master-craftsman of the art of the novel, weaving four simultaneous tales into a final crescendo without resorting to poetic escapes, as many other novelists do. It is atribute to his writing ability that in telling his story Mr.Ghosh manages to shun wordplay. He knows how to say in one line, what many would be tempted to say in a wordy paragraphs.

Is it as engrossing as The Sea of Poppies? Thats is what many seem to be asking. Don't compare it. Please. The Sea of Poppies is vast like the ocean. The Hungry Tide is focused and furrowed like the the delta itself. At places it runs deep. Real deep. It rises and falls like the tides of the Sundarbans. Float or get washed away. The choice is yours. But, dont miss the tide.
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