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  • Ghosh on First Opium War

    Gripping and moving, as well as astonishingly informative.

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  • Opium wars

    Historically interesting but a bit laboured tale of events leading up to and during the first opium war.

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  • Excellent

    Very well written giving a great insight to the time and circumstances. Pleasing that the commentary played a straight bat that could have deviated in the hands or a lesser author. Just a small pity in my opinion that we do not know the further story of Deeti, Kasri and Maddow or Paullette and Zachary.

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  • A trilogy

    therefore, I shall treat this commentary accordingly. Book 1 -- fascinating, well-crafted; characters that come to life; plot like a 19th century adventure tale; India in all its mystery. Book 2 -- not as compelling, as the author shifts to the foreign enclave in Canton, China and the ignominious opium trade; plot moves slowly and gets bogged down in discussions amongst members of the cartel, very wordy with long passages not only on trade and commerce, but food, clothing, architecture, art ..... Book 3 -- basically in China and into the thick of the Opium War; more long-winded descriptions involving warfare and "blow by blow" accounts of naval and land battles; the author's style becoming more and more pedestrian; familiar characters doing complete "about turns" (I know they are meant to evolve -- just ask Tolstoy -- but it's not supposed to be overnight!); silly and grating sex scenes, irrelevant comments on Victorian sexuality. Conclusion: If there is one "character" I will remember from the trilogy, it's the schooner, Ibis, binding all the characters together. Flucutal mec nergitur.

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