The characters in this book are connected through lines, some of them visible, but sometimes not.Love, memories, feeling like a stranger, family ties and family secrets are the threads that make this story, both in India and in England.
Politics play a role in the background, because the story is set in the years after the independence of India and the partition that followed. The unrest of the sixties and the riots in those years also leave their mark on the family.
The family life in Calcutta is written very vividly and I never read a book before that showed me how London can be exotic to people who are not from Western Europe. The differences between East and West, India and England are very well written.
This was the first book I read by Amitav Ghosh, but it won’t be the last one. I already have Sea of poppies here, and I am very curious to read more books by this great Indian author.
Published in 1988