The Calcutta Chromosome Paperback – 3 Feb 2011
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'Sea of Poppies Boasts a varied collection of characters to love and hate, and provides wonderfully detailed descriptions of opium production ... utterly involving and piles on tension until the very last page' (Peter Parker, Sunday Times)
'A glorious babel of a novel ... marvellously inventive ... utterly involving ... The next volume cannot come too soon' (Sunday Times)
'An utterly involving book' (Sunday Times)
'This is a panoramic adventure story, with a Dickensian energy and scope' (Sunday Telegraph)
'Ghosh's narrative is enriched with a wealth of historical detail ... as well as intricate characterisation that makes interaction among the diverse group truly absorbing' (The Times)
'There can be fewer more exciting settings for a novel than a sea-tossed sailing ship ... Ghosh piles detail upon detail in a rumbustical adventure' (The Times)
'Ripping post-colonial yarn ... Ghosh spins a fine story with a quite irresistible flow, breathing exuberant life ... an absorbing vision' (Guardian)
'A remarkably rich saga' (Observer)
'Each scene is boldly drawn, but it is the sheer energy and verve of Amitav Ghosh's storytelling that binds this ambitious medley' (Daily Mail)
This is a corker (Spectator)
Ghosh turns the ship into something robustly, bawdily and indelibly real . . . a plot of Dickensian intricacy (New York Times)
'A master of fiction' (Economist)
'A richly drawn cast of characters ... gilded with expertly-mined historical detail' (Sunday Business Post)
'The fantastic Anglo-Asian language they speak is infectious, and the sombre yet uncertain conclusion leaves one eager for the second novel in the trilogy' (Daily Telegraph)
'A captivating cast ... Ghosh's saga is enriched with a blizzard of Laskari- and Hindi-derived words that add irrepressible energy to the narrative' (Metro)
'Beautifully written, this totally absorbing novel will leave you eagerly awaiting a second instalment' (She Magazine)
'...this first volume in a promise trilogy is a gem.' (Guardian)
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The story is incredibly imaginative and has some complex and facinating ideas in it. I won't reveal too much, as I think part of the joy of the book is finding out things as the story goes on, but the plot centres around the man who discovered how malaria is transmitted, Ronald Ross. One of the main characters, Murugan, is a huge Ross enthusiast, and devotes much of his life to studying the great man's work. But then he discovers something far more intriguing that puts him in danger of knowing too much...
My only problem with the book is that I thought the ending was a little muddled, and I was left with a vague idea of what had happened but was still bit fuzzy about some points. However, I still very much enjoyed reading it, and hopefully a re-read might make things a bit clearer!
We were unanimously disappointed. Our ranking ranged from 2/10 'because it's probably got some depth if anyone could be bothered to read it twice' down to 1/10 'because it's got a lovely cover and it is a book, after all.'
The title of my review sums up our collective view. We felt the whole book had been carefully and elaborately constructed but it never seemed to achieve its potential. We all read to the end of the book, deluded that it would all become clear and the conspiracy would be revealed in the end. We were disappointed.
We are all educated professionals who read avidly. Many of us have studied English literature and so it seems astonishing that the entire novel appears to have gone over all our heads.
We are sure that there must be more to this book than any of us could find. If there is anyone out there who has read the book more than once (with the exception of the author and the editor!) we'd love to know what you think!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There must have been a story there somewhere but it somehow evaporated in the telling. Pity. I would have liked to read more. Maybe he will finish it one day.Published 13 months ago by RoMo
I've read several of Amitav Ghosh's books, including The Hungry Tide, The Glass Palace, Sea of Poppies and River of Smoke. Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2014 by M. Bamford
The Calcutta Chromosome is the third novel by Indian author, Amitav Ghosh. Egyptian-born Antar, an employee of the International Water Council sits working from home in his New... Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2014 by Cloggie Downunder
What makes this book so great is the headiest mixture of lightly worn scientific research & humanity. I found the book irresistible. Read morePublished on 12 May 2013 by mary curry
This author is really worth reading. Hi written English is a pleasure to read and you instantly become part of the storyPublished on 27 Mar. 2013 by Mrs. M. Wallace