Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The Hungry Tide

Title: The Hungry Tide
Author: Amitav Ghosh
Publisher: Harper Collins

The Hungry Tide is a tale of the tide country of West Bengal, where islands change shape on a daily basis. Although it is a work of fiction, it is rooted in local tradition, history and marine biology.

I found the reading enjoyable, although I still haven't got the 'love story' part of the book. Seriously, why is anyone falling in love with anyone here? The characters are together for something like a week, and some can't even communicate with each other... The character development seems to be happening via flashbacks of their past, but little about things that happen per se. Its a bit different form of storytelling, but it was enjoyable.

Anyway, I learnt a lot about fresh water dolphins, about West Bengal and the history of that little-known area. It made me feel like visiting that part of India, where the mighty Ganges river meets the ocean.

Read this if you are curious about India, but not if you like good love stories.

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