The Hungry Tide

The Hungry Tide

Book - 2005
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Off the easternmost coast of India lies the immense archipelago of tiny islands known as the Sundarbans. Life here is precarious, ruled by the unforgiving tides and the constant threat of attack by Bengal tigers. Into this place of vengeful beauty come two seekers from different worlds, whose lives collide with tragic consequences.

The settlers of the remote Sundarbans believe that anyone without a pure heart who ventures into the watery island labyrinth will never return. With the arrival of two outsiders from the modern world, the delicate balance of small community life uneasily shifts. Piya Roy is a marine biologist, of Indian descent but stubbornly American, in search of a rare dolphin. Kanai Dutt is an urbane Delhi businessman, here to retrieve the journal of his uncle who died mysteriously in a local political uprising. When Piya hires an illiterate but proud local fisherman to guide her through the crocodile-infested backwaters, Kanai becomes her translator. From this moment, the tide begins to turn.

A contemporary story of adventure and romance, identity and history, The Hungry Tide travels deep into one of the most fascinating regions on earth, where the treacherous forces of nature and human folly threaten to destroy a way of life.

Publisher: Boston : H. Mifflin, 2005.
ISBN: 9780143015574
Branch Call Number: GHO
Characteristics: 333 p. : map


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Mar 30, 2017

This is a “place” novel and the setting of the tide country of the Sundarbans comes alive as a character, reacting with the other characters who live or visit there. The themes played out there – environmental protection vs human provision, the value of revolution vs social work, homelessness vs a sense of home – were interesting but, without much plot, the book did not grip me. More like a documentary – I learned something.

Sep 27, 2015

If you're a dolphin/sea creatures lover, this book is for you, and since I'm not, attention wandered though I managed to push through as I was reading it on exer-cycle at as a way of taking my mind off pain I was in (relative broken bones etc.)

Sep 06, 2011

I too found this book more compelling than Sea of Poppies. The Sundarbans themselves left me in awe. This book has made an indelible impression on me. Ghosh is an artist of words and ideas.

Apr 05, 2010

In my opinion a better book than Sea of Poppies. Great story giving a feel for an unusual spot - Sundarbans. The idea of where we are from were we are going and the links between us all. Stories within stories, lives within lives. The complexity of ecosystems and nature reflected in the complexities of our individual lives. But nature can shock with great upheavals wild storms and great gifts of joy – a rainbow around the moon. A story with love and all it’s complexities.

Jul 18, 2007

One of the best books I've read. The story mingles seamlessly with facts and history. Ghosh's handling of the characters and emotions is quasi-detached, enabling the reader to glean whatever they can from the book. Understated, but tremendously emphatic.

Jun 21, 2007

Excellent read. Amitav does a fantastic job weaving fact and fiction together brining to light the plight of the people in the sunderbans. He also does a fantastic job talking about the environment in a way that everyone can understand. Also he is just an outstanding science historian and is able to weave it well into this stories. Another such book of his is the Calcutta Chromosome


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Sep 30, 2016

some simple thing shaped for generation after generation until it lives in our hands and in our eyes, and it's ours.

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