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River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh
River of Smoke

bellajh, January 5, 2012

"River of Smoke" is the second book in a proposed trilogy by Amitav Ghosh. It follows the first book "Sea of Poppies". Readers who think they are familiar with the history of Colonialism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, will be surprised again and again with a startling realization of how little they actually know.The book is a compelling recreation of the era when the Opium wars of the 1800s impoverished, emasculated and abased two ancient civilizations, those of India and China. There is no judgement here, this is not merely a morality tale about Western greed and exploitation of the gullible East. The author is not blaming any particular race or nation, he just tells in gripping detail, a story of man's choice to either transcend his impulses of greed or avarice or sink to levels of depravity that leave destruction and despair in its wake. Read this book, it is historical fiction at its best.
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