Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Hungry Tide” as Want to Read:
The Hungry Tide
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Hungry Tide

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  12,636 ratings  ·  964 reviews
Fom the author of the glass palace, the widely-acclaimed bestseller the hungry tide is a rich, exotic saga set in calcutta and in the vast archipelago of islands in the bay of bengal an indian myth says that when the river ganges first descended from the heavens, the force of the cascade was so great that the earth would have been destroyed if it had not been for the god s ...more
Paperback, 402 pages
Published by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2004)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Hungry Tide, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Hungry Tide

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Praveen
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The true tragedy of routinely spent life is that its wastefulness does not become apparent till it is too late.”

This quote does not reflect the theme of this book but it caught my eye in this green covered book in my hand when today I am flipping its pages thinking what to write about it.

It’s tea time and there is a tray ready on a side table with two pieces of cookies. A squirrel on the wall of the garden is eating something in a ravenous way. I have no idea what is that something, it’s scant
...more
Andrea
I know Amitav Ghosh isn't for everyone, but I just adore his writing. I can't think of another author who can transport me to another place the way he does - whether it's India, somewhere else in Asia, the US or the UK. I haven't yet visited the Sundarbans, but after reading The Hungry Tide I feel like I've squelched my toes in the mud and scratched my skin on the mangrove roots of that region.

Piya Roy and Kanai (rhymes with Hawaii) Dutt meet on a train when both are traveling to the Sundarbans;
...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The hungry tide, 2005, Amitav Ghosh,
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سی ام ماه دسامبر سال 2013 میلادی
عنوان: امواج گرسنه؛ نویسنده: آمیتاو گوش؛ مترجم: ناهیده هاشمی؛ تهران، آموت، در 590 ص؛ شابک: 9786005941845؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان هندی (انگلیسی) -- قرن 21 م
جوان بنگالی «پیا» که در آمریکا بزرگ شده با هدف تحقیق روی دلفینها به سانداربانز میرود، آنجا مجمع الجزایری است که رود گنگ به خلیج بنگال میریزد. از آنجایی که تحصیلات خود را در آمریکا گذرانده، او نیز همچون دیگر همنسلان آسیایی- آمریکایی خود از زبان مادری بی
...more
Foodie
Apr 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If Shadow Lines enthralled you, Amitav Ghosh's latest masterpiece, the Hungry Tide, will sweep you off your feet, and into the precarious waters of the Sundarbans.In the typical Ghosh style, the narrative moves fluidly between past and present. You will be transported into the mindset of the superstitious yet brave folk, who have adapted themselves to the constant ebb and flow of the tide and are living in continuous fear of the Bengal tigers. The tide begins to turn with the advent of two seeke ...more
Stephen Durrant
I have mixed feelings about "The Hungry Tide." Amitav Ghosh tells a large story firmly set in a particular place--the Mangrove-covered islands in the estuary of the Ganges River. The story has everything: love, class-difference, political conflict, natural and man-made catastrophes, and, of course, dolphins, tigers, and crocodiles (dangerous encounters with the latter two, friendly encounters with the first). And that's the problem. The story is contrived and contains dialogue that frequently do ...more
Khush
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Amitav Ghosh's best books, I would say. The setting of the book is in the 'Sundarbans' in Eastern India– a vast forest in the coastal region of the Bay of Bengal and considered one of the natural wonders of the world. There is not much of a story as such in the novel, but there are excellent characters and visual depictions of the Sundarbans. The landscape plays a prominent role in the book. One could almost breathe 'Sundarbans'. However, unlike forests in Himalayan ranges in the North, ' ...more
Eti Mishra
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amitav Ghosh, I must say is an amazing story teller and in this book he proved beyond doubt that literary skill of the Bengali is redoubtable!

Absolutely engrossing, this book is one such where you come across a great story which is amazingly written and make you an instant fan of the author.

This book is well researched and the story is set in the 70's, and it revolves around the Sundarbans and have this lovely descriptions of the land, the people and the animals(I would actually call it informat
...more
Em*bedded-in-books*
Home is where Orcaella are - says Pia
Home is where I can brew a perfect cup,of tea - says Nilima
Home is where books as fine as this reside - says Me

This was a very educational journey into the tide country - the Sunderbans.
So far, Sunderban has just been a printed name in my geography text books of yore. After years I encountered it in all its glory, ruthlessness and ethereal beauty, along with the magical folklore, which seems almost real to me, and the majestic man eating tiger.
I will never fo
...more
Doug Bradshaw
This book was written well before Sea of Poppies. It was a fairly interesting story set in an area of Eastern India in a "labyrinth of tiny islands known as the Sundarbans, where settlers live in fear of drowning tides and man-eating tigers."

It was almost more of a documentary giving interesting facts about the history of the settlers, how the government fought them using this ground, how they eked out a living there and were sometimes eaten by Tigers. Dang tigers!

The story of the American Mari
...more
Jane
May 11, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
... this guy is such a terrible writer, I don't know why I bother. Full review once I finish this abominable page-turner...

OK, done: I really can't bear Gosh's style, the dialogue is completely implausible, with nearly every character speaking as though they're declaiming to the wind. He has an unnecessarily high adjective count, and he just generally annoys me. On the upside, this book does some nice stuff with structure, pulling different characters' points of view together quite well. And the
...more
Sumallya Mukhopadhyay
The Hungry Tide, Amitav Ghosh
As always with Amitav Ghosh, his narrative technique refuses to follow a linear pattern, instead it criss-crosses across events of varying decades to foreground the concept of home and homelessness in The Hungry Tide. Probing into the politically charged massacre of Bangladeshi refugees in Marichjhapi, Ghosh investigates homelessness as a naturalized event that gripped South Asia during the years of 1940s and 1970s. He problematizes homeless all the more as he striki
...more
Girish
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amitav Ghosh's The Hungry Tide is an ode to the Tide Country. The prose does not unfold a story - but exists much like the background music for a scene out of a painting.

Based on a few real incidents, actual research and experiences - the book has 3 different themes. One that gives you the feel of watching a discovery channel documentary, one of reading a poet's muse and the other the tides of human emotions transcending language, faith and nature. And surprisingly in all 3 themes Ghosh prevails
...more
Gorab Jain
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, indian, buddy-reads
Oh my Ghosh!
What an adventurous read. I want to get a pair of binoculars and set sail to Sundarbans, which has more to offer than just its famous wild cats.
Informative with a gripping plot, across ethnically different characters, with flashbacks blending fiction and non fiction very smoothly.
This was my first book by Amitav Ghosh and am rooting for more.

P.S. : Reading Gora in parallel added to the joy of enjoying Bengal :)
Ashish
Apr 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I wish I could give this book 3.5 stars, it would have been ideal.

Ghosh paints a mesmerising picture of the Sunderbans, a part of the country that you don't hear or read about all that often. He doesn't sugar-coat things much, hence you see it in its true light; the description of natural beauty, along with the perils and dangers. My only issue was that he sometimes overdoes the whole ''tide country'' bit, and it sometimes felt a bit forced.

The book is definitely well-written, with interesting c
...more
Amlan Mostakim
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
জালের মতো ছড়িয়ে ছিটিয়ে থাকা সুনদরবনের অসংখয নদী। সেখানে জলে কুমীর , ডাঙগায় বাঘ। কখনও কখনও ইতিউতি দেখা মেলে শুশুকের দল। সেই ভয়াল সুনদরবনে ডলফিল নিয়ে গবেষণা করতে এলেন পিয়ালি রয়। কযানিং নামের কাদা থিকথিকে এক শহরে দেখা অনুবাদক ও বহুভাষাবাদিক কানাইয়ের সাথে। দয হাংরি টাইডের শুরুটা এভাবেই।

অমিতাভ ঘোষের লেখার যে জাদু, বিপুল বিসতারে ছড়িয়ে আসতে আসতে জাল গোটানো, তার ষোলআনা এই উপনযাসে আছে। এর আগে লেখকের “ইন অযান অযানটিক লযানড” পড়েছিলাম, সেটা অবশয ননফিকশন ছিল। এই বইয়ে অমিতাভ যেন ফিরে যেতে হয়েছেন শেকড়ের কাছে।
...more
Tanuj Solanki
Aug 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Supremely disappointing, considering the start it had.

In the first few chapters Ghosh takes ample time with his two main characters. Their histories and inner lives intermingle well. The plot too advances with a decent pace. But then two things overpower his novel

(1) The desire to be inventive
(2) Sobering down to elongated, unreal conversations when not being inventive.

Ghosh's inventive side gives us a plethora of side stories, some provided as the journal of a dead man, others as mere myths
...more
Mamta
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was an interesting but not a phenomenal, and in some part, even a disappointing read. The characters could have been fleshed out far far more.....it was almost as if the language barrier kept even the reader from understanding Fokir to any measurable depth. The relationships between the various characters were left largely unexplored. I wish that the human interactions/histories had been dealt with the same passion as the geology of the Sunderbans. The storms that shaped the lives of the peop ...more
Sairam Krishnan
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful novel of place, feeling, love, and language, The Hungry Tide demands of the reader an appreciation of the feeling the story burns with. In the tide country, lives are hard, easily extinguished, and seldom valued by the nation that contains it. And yet, the people for whom its ebbs and flows are time itself, home can be nowhere else. Amitav Ghosh's characters are sometimes hard to understand, they sometimes even threaten to become caricatures, but what holds this powerful, moving stor ...more
Shreya Vaid
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just like any other Ghosh's book, The Hungry Tide takes you to an unknown territory, The Sundarbans. For Indians, we associate Sundarbans with Tigers. But Amitav Ghosh through The Hungry Tide will make you read a totally different side of Sundarbans. A deep history of marshy swamplands, crocodiles, rebellion during Bangladesh war. The last book that I read by Amitav Ghosh was the Glass Palace, which took me to Burma, a place which was alien to me, but not anymore. And that is the beauty of Ghosh ...more
Sreelekha Menon
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set amidst the lush foliage of mangrove forests, The Hungry Tide tells us about the history and lives of people who inhabit the numerous islands of Sunderbans in the Bay of Bengal, the river dolphins, the man eater tigers of the tide country, the sea and the legends that float in these waters and forests. It reminds us of the fragility of human life and the helplessness that comes with it.

Story revolves around American born Bengali descent, Piyali Roy a.ka. Piya, a cetologist who comes to India
...more
Animesh
Mar 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amitav Ghosh, the author of The Circle of Reason and The Shadow Lines, weaves a complex fabric with some of the fundamentals of the deepest corners of our mind: the animistic instinct, the urge to discover, and the magnetism of finding one's roots. All this woven against a primitive landscape of water and silt, time set against tidal surges and mangrove forest, a flat land low against a stormy sky in the Bengal delta, a place that Ghosh brings alive with the apparent deftness of long familiarity ...more
Indrani Sen
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: india
A superb book on Sundarban. Lovely descriptions of the land and the people. A mindblowing climax. thoroughly enjoyed this.
Radhika (rads)
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it!

I dreaded picking it up, but for $1 at the local library's sale shelves, it wad hard to resist. I did. Then I sat on it a good while. Then I started and then kicked myself for not starting earlier.
I have been reading so many Indian authors that it got a bit repetitive. Then Bengali authors have the propensity to romance even dry bran, and I mean that in a nice way, so I was pleasantly shocked that though he was as descriptive as they are, he did not ramble. The descriptions were jus
...more
Rebecca
I think I was not able to do justice to this book as I was distracted during its reading especially in the last parts. But there were things that clung to me - the beauty and wildness of the Sunderbans( One day I will definitely go there) the Dolphins and the Tigers. The dolphins and the tigers were also characters and so much was new to me regarding them. I loved the way the story unfolded with the schoolmaster's memoir along with Piya's adventure . And Fokir!!!! What a character. Will read mor ...more
Martina Bučková
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another of Amitav Ghosh's novel, which is great and I am definitely slowly falling in love with his books. Ghosh is mixing his stories with the historical facts so perfectly that it's even magical. I'm starting to think that Indian authors are really one of the best narrators of the stories.
The Hungry Tide is telling us a story of Piya Roy, who comes to a tide country in West Bengal to study endangered river dolphins, their habitat and behavior. On the train to Canning she meets translator Kanai
...more
Catherine Adde
May 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh

This story has such an astonishing, heart-tugging ending, that I wish I had the time to read it again! What intrigued me about it is the setting: the Sundarbans, a group of thousands of islands in the bay of Bengal, India, bordering Bangladesh. Mr. Ghosh, a prize winning author and Oxford scholar, tells the tale while educating us in the ways of the tidal country: its man-eating tigers, exotic Mangrove trees, the extreme weather as in tsunamis and tidal waves (henc
...more
Palmyrah
Nov 28, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sorry to say I could not finish this. I got about a third of the way through. I greatly enjoyed The Calcutta Chromosome and Sea of Poppies and have liked other books by this author, more or less, but this was unbearable. The setting is squalid and hellish, an island half-drowned in the mud of the Ganges delta. The characters did not interest me, and a developing romance between an Indian-American marine biologist and a Bengali fisherman seemed preposterously unlikely, although in fairness I ...more
Jennifer
I have been listening to the audio of The Hungry Tide this week while working. I am so sorry it's over. The narrator was very good, which naturally helps, but the language was beautiful, the setting was fascinating and the characters were so real to me that I am still thinking about them. The story is about adaptation, and about the interaction between humans, plants and animals. The author presents an excellent question: Do we have the right to promote conservation efforts in a place where thos ...more
Eric
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book belongs on the shelf next to thrilling narratives such as _The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte_, which is to say, somewhere in a dark corner where we can leave it and forget about it.

Ghosh's star character is the Sundarban region of India. He presents the hard realities of civilization on the edge of wilderness in copious, poetic detail. By contrast, his human characters--especially the principals--are presented as somewhat boring and prosaic. Grand claims of romance alongside s
...more
Martha
Mar 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Another book by another Indian writer. I really like these writers.

This is a book about the Sandurbans (sp?), the islands in the Bay of Bengal and the animals and marine life there. The story involves characters from all walks of life. The main character is an American girl of Indian parentage, a marine biologist, who is there to inventory the marine animals.

There is much to learn here about the people, the marine and animal life (including the Bengal tiger), life for the people who inhabit the
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
  • The Alchemy of Desire
  • English, August: An Indian Story
  • Love and Longing in Bombay
  • The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay
  • Nine Lives
  • Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard
  • Cuckold
  • The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian
  • Swimming Lessons and Other Stories from Firozsha Baag
  • Chowringhee
  • The Sari Shop
  • Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found
  • The Great Indian Novel
  • The Age of Shiva (The Hindu Gods, #2)
  • Raj
  • Difficult Daughters
  • In Custody
  • Two Lives
2,051 followers
Amitav Ghosh is one of India's best-known writers. His books include The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, Incendiary Circumstances, The Hungry Tide. His most recent novel, Sea of Poppies, is the first volume of the Ibis Trilogy.

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956. He studied in Dehra Dun, New Delhi, Alexan
...more
“How do you lose a word? Does it vanish into your memory, like an old toy in a cupboard, and lie hidden in the cobwebs and dust, waiting to be cleaned out or rediscovered?” 101 likes
“(He) was in love with the idea of revolution. Men like that, even when they turn their backs on their party and their comrades, can never let go of the idea: it's the secret god that rules their hearts. It is what makes them come alive; they revel in the danger, the exquisite pain. It is to them what childbirth is to a woman, or war to a mercenary.” 15 likes
More quotes…