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The Hungry Tide

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In de Golf van Bengalen ligt een uitgestrekte archipel van eilanden de Sundarbans genaamd In dat gebied vermengen de wateren van de Himalaya zich met het inkomend getij van de zee Dagelijks verdwijnen duizenden hectaren oerwoud in het water om uren later weer droog te vallen De plaatselijke kol If Shadow Lines enthralled you Amitav Ghosh's latest masterpiece the Hungry Tide will sweep you off your feet and into the precarious waters of the SundarbansIn the typical Ghosh style the narrative moves fluidly between past and present You will be transported into the mindset of the superstitious yet brave folk who have adapted themselves to the constant ebb and flow of the tide and are living in continuous fear of the Bengal tigers The tide begins to turn with the advent of two seekers from the outside world Piyali Roy an Indian American marine biologist in search of the Irrawaddy dolphins and Kanai Dutt an urbane translator from New Delhi who's there to retrieve his deceased uncle Nirmal's journal Their lives become intertwined particularly with Fokir an illiterate but proud fisherman who has the rivers in his heart As the narrative progresses they are forced to respect nature in order to survive and to communicate with people who differ not only in language but also in euations of existence It is a story of love revolution brutal history and the place of man within the treacheries of nature It seems to underscore Nirmal's observation that nothing escapes the maw of the tides

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Onisten geloven dat wie zonder zuiver hart het waterlabyrint in gaat niet terugkeertDe komst van Piya Roy een jonge onafhankelijke vrouw Indiaas van geboorte maar Amerikaans opgevoed en Kanai Dutt een zakenman uit Delhi verstoort de gevoelige balans van het lokale leven Piya wil ecologisch onde I have mixed feelings about The Hungry Tide Amitav Ghosh tells a large story firmly set in a particular place the Mangrove covered islands in the estuary of the Ganges River The story has everything love class difference political conflict natural and man made catastrophes and of course dolphins tigers and crocodiles dangerous encounters with the latter two friendly encounters with the first And that's the problem The story is contrived and contains dialogue that freuently doesn't ring true Moreover Ghosh is maybe too eager to teach us what he knows of the natural history of his native land about the Irrawaddy Dolphin for example than I ever wanted to know Overarching all of this is a kind authorial sensitivity working manfully towards a suitably acceptable happy ending Still one reads forward swept along by Ghosh's big story He is trying I think to write a best seller with enough literary art to stop just short of being embarrassing He succeeds for the most part but it all seems a little too calculated and nice to this cynical reader Yes I liked it sort of but is that enough La République radicale (1898-1914) onafhankelijke vrouw Indiaas van geboorte maar Amerikaans Caulaincourt : Diplomate de Napoléon opgevoed en Kanai Dutt een zakenman uit Delhi verstoort de gevoelige balans van het lokale leven Piya wil ecologisch Le colonel Mayer - De l'affaire Dreyfus à de Gaulle onde I have mixed feelings about The Hungry Tide Amitav Ghosh tells a large story firmly set in a particular place the Mangrove covered islands in the estuary Les Français sous le Second Empire of the Ganges River The story has everything love class difference political conflict natural and man made catastrophes and Souvenirs : 1859-1871 of course dolphins tigers and crocodiles dangerous encounters with the latter two friendly encounters with the first And that's the problem The story is contrived and contains dialogue that freuently doesn't ring true Moreover Ghosh is maybe too eager to teach us what he knows 1812 : La campagne tragique de Napoléon en Russie of the natural history Les Trois Cents Jours de Napoléon à l'île d'Elbe of his native land about the Irrawaddy Dolphin for example than I ever wanted to know Overarching all Joséphine : vie de l'impératrice of this is a kind authorial sensitivity working manfully towards a suitably acceptable happy ending Still Mémoires inédits: Les Cahiers Rouges one reads forward swept along by Ghosh's big story He is trying I think to write a best seller with enough literary art to stop just short La Moskowa - Borodino- La bataille des Redoutes of being embarrassing He succeeds for the most part but it all seems a little too calculated and nice to this cynical reader Yes I liked it sort Napoléon III et Franceschini Pietri of but is that enough

Amitav Ghosh ´ 8 review

Rzoek doen in de uitgestrekte en gevaarlijke Sundarbans en laat zich daarbij begeleiden door Fokir een ongeletterde man uit de omgeving Kanai wordt haar vertaler Vanaf dat moment begint het tij te keren Piya's zoektocht naar de biologische omstandigheden wordt vooral een zoektocht naar zichzelf One of Amitav Ghosh's best books I would say The setting of the book is in the 'Sundarbans' in Eastern India– a vast forest in the coastal region of the Bay of Bengal and considered one of the natural wonders of the world There is not much of a story as such in the novel but there are excellent characters and visual depictions of the Sundarbans The landscape plays a prominent role in the book One could almost breathe 'Sundarbans' However unlike forests in Himalayan ranges in the North 'Sunderbans' display a certain kind of calm and beauty but also leave a trail of heavy suffocation especially during the monsoon; they are dark humid uninviting and there is always a sense of danger lurking in the airOn the brighter note I loved reading about the landscape shown in the book it is like I am knowing deeply a character with its varied shades in the novel The fact that such a region exists– with its flora and fauna– is delightful The immense density of these forests the presence of white tigers the Bengal tiger make this place among other things preciousThe other thing I liked about the book is the character portrayal of Fokir a fisherman a native of the place– he acts like a guide to Piya Roy an Indo American biologist who comes to Sundarbans to study the rare varieties of river dolphins in the region Fokir's character is wonderfully written; he has the same ualities and a certain uniueness about him which are similar to the landscape that sustains and nurtures him Fokir knows the region the way a lover knows the body of his beloved– deeply intimately and with an acute sense of love concern and ownership He has rivers in him the swish of a running stream the virility of fertile landscape and the agility of a wildcat His body is as smooth and supple as that for a fish the sheer force of these sensual descriptions of Fokir can easily be assigned to the landscape at least to certain aspects of itGhosh's background in history probably persuaded him to write about Sundarbans– these primordial virgin regions carrying within them treasures but the current infatuations with thoughtless development is playing havoc in the area So the human presence apart from Fokir's is largely intrusive and destructive It unfolds in regional politics and in complicated ways is shaped by the global capitalThe hungry tide the Sundarbans is hungry because it is one of its kind; it is ferocious because it is just nature at its best– wholly unmediated by any external presence On the other hand the hungry tide is hungry in the sense of 'deficient' due to the aggressive and ever increasing human interventions in the region It is probably this that makes Ghosh write this bookAnd he wrote it brilliantly

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