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Reader recommendation: Sea of Poppies

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By Sue Raidy-Klein, Sandwich, Mass. / January 27, 2014

Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh had been recommended repeatedly by critics and friends, so I finally began reading it during the long weekend and snowstorm. This novel is a fascinating portrait of the terrible impact on Indian society of Britain's 19th-century naval engagement in the opium trade. At once personal and broadly historic, it is very dense in content but flowing in narrative.

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