John Thieme

World’s End

Flood of Fire

By Amitav Ghosh

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Flood of Fire is the concluding part of Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis trilogy, a sprawling epic about the events leading up to the First Opium War. Like the first two parts of the trilogy, Sea of Poppies and River of Smoke, the novel’s canvas is vast, following the fortunes of a varied group of travellers who journey from Bengal to south China. It brings history alive by providing multiple perspectives on the origins and early stages of the war, particularly in its portrayal of events through the eyes of Indian and Indian-based characters. 

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