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The Hungry Tide: A Novel by Amitav Ghosh
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The Hungry Tide: A Novel (original 2004; edition 2006)

by Amitav Ghosh

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Off the eastern coast of Inda lies an extraordinary cluster of islands known as the Sundarbans. It is a raw but a beautiful sea--a place of man-eating tigers, river dolphins, huge crocodiles and devistating tides that sweep across the terrain without remorse. In this exotic land, marine biologist Piya, fisherman Fokir and translator Kanai meet. As they travel deep into the remote archipelago, they experience a territory at risk not only from natural disaster, but also from human foolishness and volatile politics.… (more)
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Title:The Hungry Tide: A Novel
Authors:Amitav Ghosh
Info:Mariner Books (2006), Paperback, 352 pages
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A fantastic book, my third by Amitav Ghosh.
The descriptions are amazing: detailed, empathetic, and never boring.
The storyline is very non-pretentious. Still not out of place as a modern novel. ( )
  raheelahmad | Mar 22, 2020 |
Amitav Ghosh translates the world of Sundarbans, the mangrove forrests in the Ganges delta in West Bengal and Bangladesh. ( )
  linuskendall | Mar 22, 2020 |
Three disparate characters meet in the Sundarbans, the swampy Bay of Bengal mangrove forest at the confluence of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna Rivers. A young cetologist, originally from India but raised in the U.S., has come to see if she can find remnants of a dolphin population long thought gone from the area. She develops friendships with a local fisherman who seems to have an instinct for the waters and their wildlife (but speaks no English) and with a New Delhi-based linguist who is visiting in the area and agrees to serve as a translator.

The plot is developed in ways that give the author a wide opportunity for exploring the natural and human history of the area, and there is a huge amount of information Westerners will normally not have run across. Although some of the locations mentioned are fictional, much of the historical information is based on real events and real locations. The story is packed with background material, sometimes seeming a little forced into the storyline, but overall the reader will walk away satisfied with a good story and a comprehensive introduction to a little-known part of the world.

This is the first work by Ghosh I've read but it won't be the last, that's for sure. ( )
  auntmarge64 | Jul 20, 2019 |
Amitav Ghosh has an extraordinary way of writing about people – their lives, motivations and personal identity. The stories of his novels are mostly taking place in India and Southeast Asia and give an understanding of what life was and is like in these countries – also containing a lot of Asian folklore – as the author himself has Indian roots. His style of writing is clearly different from the Angloamerican narrative style.

His novel The Hungry Tide takes place in the Indian Sundarbans where the lives of three very different people cross: marine cetologist Piyali, self-centered translator Kanai and local illiterate fisherman Fokir. The novel is covering a variety of topics like humanism, environmentalism and the Morichjhanpi massacre (1978/79), all woven together to one main story. ( )
  Dariah | Oct 2, 2018 |
2004 novel, set in the Sundarbans of eastern India, where a young American cetologist travels to study the endangered Irrawaddy, or river, dolphin. I found this pleasing, smart, majestic.

Piyali Roy hails from Seattle, and though of Bengali roots is a typical young, English speaking American woman. As she makes her way into the harsh archipelago of constant ebb and flow, she overcomes manipulative officials before finding safety, as well as near-magical river guidance, in the person of a humble, kindly fisherman, Fokir, and his young son. She encounters a pod of the elusive "Orcaella", and forms a wordless bond with Fokir. Much of the instructive, as well as beautiful, passages in the book come while she surveys and silently watches in his company, criss-crossing the wide channels, among dense mangroves, the unseen, otherworldly menace of the tiger always looming.

A dandified Calcuttan businessman, Kanai Dutt, is Piyali's co-resident in the home of their host, Nilima, who came to the region to found a medical cooperative. Kanai was beckoned to her home to receive a lengthy diary from Nilima's late husband, a former associate, and excerpts from this text are shared in the novel, revealing both a revolutionary mindset, as well as giving a history lesson on the (very real) Marichjhapi crisis of the 1970s. At one stage the sharp delineation of Kanai's and Fokir's livelihoods, not to mention their points-of-view about Piyali, is portrayed in a dreamlike confrontation, the abject fear of the resident man-eater, I believe, effectively related.

The final episodes have Piyali and Fokir searching further afield for another glimpse of the dolphin, as a cyclone approaches. Signs, some traumatic, alert them that something is amiss, and the race to shelter begins. Deeper meanings and changed attitudes result from tragedy, unfurled skillfully by the author. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Sep 17, 2018 |
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Kanai spotted her the moment he stepped onto the crowded platform: he was deceived neither by her close-cropped black hair, nor by her clothes, which were those of a teenage boy—loose cotton pants and an oversized white shirt.
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She imagined the animals circling drowsily, listening to echoes pinging through the water, painting pictures in three dimensions—images that only they could decode.  The thought of experiencing your surroundings in that way never failed to fascinate her: the idea that to “see” was also to “speak” to others of your kind, where simply to exist was to communicate.
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Off the eastern coast of Inda lies an extraordinary cluster of islands known as the Sundarbans. It is a raw but a beautiful sea--a place of man-eating tigers, river dolphins, huge crocodiles and devistating tides that sweep across the terrain without remorse. In this exotic land, marine biologist Piya, fisherman Fokir and translator Kanai meet. As they travel deep into the remote archipelago, they experience a territory at risk not only from natural disaster, but also from human foolishness and volatile politics.

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