The Hungry Tide

The Hungry Tide

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The Hungry Tide is a very contemporary story of adventure and unlikely love, identity and history, set in one of the most fascinating regions on the earth. Off the easternmost coast of India, in the Bay of Bengal, lies the immense labyrinth of tiny islands known as the Sundarbans. For settlers here, life is extremely precarious. Attacks by deadly tigers are common. Unrest and eviction are constant threats. Without warning, at any time, tidal floods rise and surge over the land, leaving devastation in their wake.
In this place of vengeful beauty, the lives of three people from different worlds collide. Piya Roy is a young marine biologist, of Indian descent but stubbornly American, in search of a rare, endangered river dolphin. Her journey begins with a disaster, when she is thrown from a boat into crocodile-infested waters. Rescue comes in the form of a young, illiterate fisherman, Fokir. Although they have no language between them, Piya and Fokir are powerfully drawn to each other, sharing an uncanny instinct for the ways of the sea. Piya engages Fokir to help with her research and finds a translator in Kanai Dutt, a businessman from Delhi whose idealistic aunt and uncle are longtime settlers in the Sundarbans. As the three of them launch into the elaborate backwaters, they are drawn unawares into the hidden undercurrents of this isolated world, where political turmoil exacts a personal toll that is every bit as powerful as the ravaging tide.
Already an international success, The Hungry Tide is a prophetic novel of remarkable insight, beauty, and humanity.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2005
ISBN: 9780618329977
Branch Call Number: GHO
Characteristics: 333 p :,map ;,24 cm


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Mar 30, 2017

This is a “place” novel and the setting of the tide country of the Sundarbans comes alive as a character, reacting with the other characters who live or visit there. The themes played out there – environmental protection vs human provision, the value of revolution vs social work, homelessness vs a sense of home – were interesting but, without much plot, the book did not grip me. More like a documentary – I learned something.

Sep 27, 2015

If you're a dolphin/sea creatures lover, this book is for you, and since I'm not, attention wandered though I managed to push through as I was reading it on exer-cycle at as a way of taking my mind off pain I was in (relative broken bones etc.)

Sep 06, 2011

I too found this book more compelling than Sea of Poppies. The Sundarbans themselves left me in awe. This book has made an indelible impression on me. Ghosh is an artist of words and ideas.

Apr 05, 2010

In my opinion a better book than Sea of Poppies. Great story giving a feel for an unusual spot - Sundarbans. The idea of where we are from were we are going and the links between us all. Stories within stories, lives within lives. The complexity of ecosystems and nature reflected in the complexities of our individual lives. But nature can shock with great upheavals wild storms and great gifts of joy – a rainbow around the moon. A story with love and all it’s complexities.

Jul 18, 2007

One of the best books I've read. The story mingles seamlessly with facts and history. Ghosh's handling of the characters and emotions is quasi-detached, enabling the reader to glean whatever they can from the book. Understated, but tremendously emphatic.

Jun 21, 2007

Excellent read. Amitav does a fantastic job weaving fact and fiction together brining to light the plight of the people in the sunderbans. He also does a fantastic job talking about the environment in a way that everyone can understand. Also he is just an outstanding science historian and is able to weave it well into this stories. Another such book of his is the Calcutta Chromosome


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Sep 30, 2016

some simple thing shaped for generation after generation until it lives in our hands and in our eyes, and it's ours.

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