Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
A local bookstore was going out of business, and, after a brief moment of sadness over the death of a bookstore, I grabbed as many 50% books off as my bank would let me. Sea of Poppies is the first one I decided to read.
This book is set in India in the early 1830s, as shipping evolves from slave trade to opium (and “indentured servant”) trade. This serves as the background for Ghosh to introduce unique sets of characters to the reader and one another.
I had a fancier description worked out, but, in essence, cultures meet, taboos are crossed and opium is smoked. Well-written and intensely researched. I enjoyed it.
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