The Hungry Tide,by Amitav Ghosh is the latest finish. I have read quite a few books from the author earlier ,and i have quite liked them; Sea of Poppies, Calcutta chromosome to name a few.
What i really like about the books is that having had the setup in India, they are more relatable and even the character sketching is much in depth giving a lot of edge to the story.
Much like the others, this one also has bengali characters and is setup is in the islands situated near the sundarbans. The description is vivid and elaborate, projecting an image in front of you , as you read. The main characters , include Kanai, a businessman, Piyali a cetologist, Fokir a fishermen. The story revolves around the life and situations , in the tide country , describing in detail the surviving techniques and life style struggles for people inhabiting the mangroves.
The descriptions about the dolphins, their movements and other marine biological facts are quite detailed and well researched. I really liked the character of Piya, she is unconventional , innocent , earthy yet quite complex in her own ways. The pace is good start to end, i actually managed to finish it in a week’s time. It keeps you glued. Other characters like moyna, kanai’s aunt & uncle , and horen are also quite well drafted.
Barring the bengali poems and some mythological references in the book , the book is actually quite an easy read and language also is much comprehensible.
All in all a good read and one to inspire me to pick up one more amitav ghosh creation soon…