A Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
Sea of Poppies is part one of the Ibis trilogy, where Ghosh has beautifully scripted a dozen characters, from an American born sailor, a French girl, a Raja from the Bengal to a village woman farming opium. All of these on board the Ibis,a slave ship,sailing to their respective futures. Truly riveting is the way in which all these stories are meshed to form one plot. The language in the beginning can be a little hard to follow since local words are anglicised, but you get the hang of it, it becomes easier to follow. On to the next one .. River of Smoke.