The Hungry Tide

The Hungry Tide

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An epic in its scope and ambition.

The Hungry Tide

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Between the sea and the plains of Bengal, on the easternmost coast of India, lies an immense archipelago of islands. These are the Sundarbans. Here there are no borders to divide fresh water from salt, river from sea, even land from water. Here, for hundreds of years only the truly dispossessed braved the man-eating tigers and the crocodiles who rule there, to eke a precarious existence from the mud. Here, at the beginning of the last century, a visionary Scotsman founded a Utopian settlement where peoples of all races, classes and religions could live together.

The settlers of the Sundarbans believe that anyone without a pure heart who ventures into the watery labyrinth will never return. It is the arrival of Piyali Roy, of Indian parentage but stubbornly American, and of Kanai Dutt, a sophisticated Delhi businessman, that disturbs the delicate balance of settlement life. Kanai has returned to the islands on the request of his aunt, a local figure, for the first time since the death of his uncle, a political radical who died mysteriously in the aftermath of a local uprising. When Piya, who is on the track of the rare river dolphins, hires Fokir, an illiterate but proud local man to guide her through the backwaters, Kanai becomes her translator. From this moment, the tide begins to turn.

Amitav Ghosh has discovered new territory, summoning a singular, fascinating place, another world, from its history and myth and bringing it to life. Yet The Hungry Tide also explores another and far more unknowable jungle: the human spirit. It is a novel that asks at every turn: what man can take the true measure of another ?

Softcover, 403pgs, page edges lightly tanned. Near new. .

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Short Description An epic in its scope and ambition.
Weight (g) 553.0000
Author Amitav Ghosh
Publisher Harper Collins
Date Published 2004
ISBN 0007179871
Size 232mm x 153mm

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