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The Hungry Tide: A Novel by Amitav Ghosh

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

by Amitav Ghosh

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Title:The Hungry Tide: A Novel
Authors:Amitav Ghosh
Info:Mariner Books (2006), Paperback, 352 pages
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The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh (2004)


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Wonderful book- as all Amitav Ghosh's work is. If you read this book, try read this New Yorker article about the Sundarbans and the Bengal Tiger.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/04/21/080421fa_fact_alexander?currentPag... ( )
  ltfitch1 | Jun 5, 2016 |
Beautiful book.
  LindsayCal | Feb 15, 2016 |
I feel unworthy to review this beautifully written book. Ghosh's writing put a bit of a spell on me. The characters are rich and lovely. ( )
  pinetastic | Aug 14, 2015 |
Amitav Ghosh loves interlinked stories. Here we have the stories of Piya - American biologist and dolphin expert - and Kanai - Delhi businessman. They come together by accident in the Sundarban archipelago, where their stories start to intertwine with Kanai's aunt and uncle, and a local family, whose story unfolds in two time frames through the medium of a diary left to Kanai by his dead uncle. Lusibari, in the Sundarbans, is a place built by a British eccentric to bring prosperity and riches to an impoverished people, but a place very much at the mercy of the elements. The characters in the novel are all caught somewhere between the rhythms of nature (often red in tooth and claw) and the thirst for progress - the way things are and the uncertain future overseas. Relationships develop in predictable and less predictable ways, and Ghosh makes the love felt between the characters real and elemental, even when words might be lacking. A fascinating read.
  otterley | Mar 19, 2015 |
I'm enjoying this, especially being transported to the Sundarbans, which is a part of the world that had barely pierced my awareness. ( )
  jdukuray | Dec 31, 2014 |
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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.
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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A contemporary story of adventure, history, and identity by acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh.


Off the easternmost corner of India, in the Bay of Bengal, lies the immense labyrinth of tiny islands known as the Sundarbans, where settlers live in fear of drowning tides and man-eating tigers. Piya Roy, a young American marine biologist of Indian descent, arrives in this lush, treacherous landscape in search of a rare species of river dolphin and enlists the aid of a local fisherman and a translator. Together the three of them launch into the elaborate backwaters, drawn unawares into the powerful political undercurrents of this isolated corner of the world that exact a personal toll as fierce as the tides.

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Off the easternmost coast of India lies the immense archipelago of tiny islands known as the Sundarbans. Life here is precarious, ruled by the unforgiving tides and the constant threat of attacks by Bengal tigers. Into this place of vengeful beauty come two seekers from different worlds, whose lives collide with tragic consequences. The settlers of the remote Sundarbans believe that anyone without a pure heart who ventures into the watery island labyrinth will never return. With the arrival of two outsiders from the modern world, the delicate balance of small community life uneasily shifts. Piya Roy is a marine biologist, of Indian descent but stubbornly American, in search of a rare dolphin. Kanai Dutt is an urbane Delhi businessman, here to retrieve the journal of his uncle, who died mysteriously in a local political uprising. When Piya hires an illiterate but proud local fisherman to guide her through the crocodile-infested backwaters, Kanai becomes her translator. From this moment, the tide begins to turn. A contemporary story of adventure and romance, identity and history, The Hungry Tide travels deep into one of the most fascinating regions on earth, where the treacherous forces of nature and human folly threaten to destroy a way of life.… (more)

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