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Flood of Fire

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Editor: Penguin Canada
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It is 1839 and tension has been rapidly mounting between China and British India following the crackdown on opium smuggling by Beijing. With no resolution in sight, the colonial government declares war. One of the vessels requisitioned for the attack, the Hind, travels eastwards from Bengal to China, sailing into the midst of the First Opium War. The turbulent voyage brings together a diverse group of travellers, each with their own agenda to pursue. Among them is Kesri Singh, a sepoy in the East India Company who leads a company of Indian sepoys; Zachary Reid, an impoverished young sailor searching for his lost love, and Shireen Modi, a determined widow en route to China to reclaim her opium-trader husband’s wealth and reputation. Flood of Fire follows a varied cast of characters from India to China, through the outbreak of the First Opium War and China’s devastating defeat, to Britain’s seizure of Hong Kong. Flood of Fire is a thrillingly realised and richly populated novel, imbued with a wealth of historical detail, suffused with the magic of place and plotted with verve. It is a beautiful novel in its own right, and a compelling conclusion to an epic and sweeping story – it is nothing short of a masterpiece.

Fire & Flood

Fire & Flood Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Victoria Scott
Editor: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 0545537479
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A pulse-pounding thrill ride, where a teen girl must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life--and her own. Time is slipping away. . . . Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to the middle of nowhere for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying--and she's helpless to change anything. Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race. The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place? Victoria Scott's breathtaking novel grabs readers by the throat and doesn't let go.

Salt & Stone

Salt & Stone Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Victoria Scott
Editor: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 0545537495
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How far would you go to survive? In FIRE & FLOOD, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and a terrifying march across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can't stop - and in SALT & STONE, Tella will have to face the unseen dangers of the ocean, the breathless cold of a mountain, and twisted new rules in the race. But what if the danger is deeper than that? How do you know who to trust when everyone's keeping secrets? What do you do when the person you'd relied on most suddenly isn't there for support? How do you weigh one life against another? The race is coming to an end, and Tella is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the beginning of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the fourth and final part of the race, just forty-one are left . . . and only one can win. Victoria Scott's stunning thriller will leave readers' hearts racing!

The Year of the Flood

The Year of the Flood Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Margaret Atwood
Editor: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 0307398927
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From the Booker Prize–winning author of Oryx and Crake, the first book in the MaddAddam Trilogy, and The Handmaid’s Tale. Internationally acclaimed as ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by, amongst others, the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Village Voice In a world driven by shadowy, corrupt corporations and the uncontrolled development of new, gene-spliced life forms, a man-made pandemic occurs, obliterating human life. Two people find they have unexpectedly survived: Ren, a young dancer locked inside the high-end sex club Scales and Tails (the cleanest dirty girls in town), and Toby, solitary and determined, who has barricaded herself inside a luxurious spa, watching and waiting. The women have to decide on their next move--they can’t stay hidden forever. But is anyone else out there?

River of Smoke

River of Smoke Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Amitav Ghosh
Editor: Penguin Canada
ISBN: 0143185780
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The Ibis is in the grip of a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal; among the dozens flailing for survival are Neel, the pampered raja who has been convicted of embezzlement; Paulette, the French orphan masquerading as a deck hand; and Deeti, the widowed poppy grower fleeing her homeland with her lover, Kalua. The storm also threatens the clipper ship Anahita, groaning with the largest consignment of opium ever to leave India for Canton. And the Redruth, a nursery ship, carries “Fitcher” Penrose, a horticulturist determined to track down the priceless treasures of China: plants that have the power to heal, or beautify, or intoxicate. All will converge in Canton’s Fanqui-Town, or Foreign Enclave: a tumultuous world unto itself where civilizations clash and sometimes fuse. It is a powder keg awaiting a spark to ignite the Opium Wars. Spectacular coincidences, startling reversals of fortune, and tender love stories abound. But this is much more than an irresistible page-turner. The blind quest for money, the primacy of the drug trade, the concealment of base impulses behind the rhetoric of freedom: in River of Smoke the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries meet, and the result is a consuming historical novel with powerful contemporary resonance.

The Fire and the Flood

The Fire and the Flood Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Shelby McKinnon
Editor: Shelby McKinnon
ISBN: 1792336217
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Have you ever wondered where we came from? Or if we are alone in the universe? Do you ever feel there are forces outside of our understanding? Or question if one day the world will end? Conspiracies come to life in this riveting tale of mystery, magic, love, and loss. Shelby takes us on a journey through time and space, where we learn that extraterrestrials are living among us. Dangers are hiding within the shadows, and the sea of deception is vast. Lies carry devastating consequences, leaving the world to bear the scars. With each turn of the page, you are pulled further into the depths of this uniquely captivating story. We are left breathless, hanging on the edge of the unknown. Will they survive? Or will they be a sacrifice?

Flood Warning

Flood Warning Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jacqueline Pearce
Editor: Orca Book Publishers
ISBN: 1459802438
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Tom loves running through cow fields with his best friend, Peggy, and his dog, Amos – especially when he's pretending to be his favorite radio hero, the Lone Ranger. But when Tom learns the nearby Fraser River is about to flood, he may have to become a real-life hero and help save his family's herd of dairy cows. This story is based on real events that happened in the farming community of Agassiz during the Fraser River flood of 1948.

Leela's Book

Leela's Book Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Alice Albinia
Editor: Random House
ISBN: 1409019616
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Leela - alluring, taciturn, haunted - is moving back to Delhi after years of exile in New York. She knows her return will disrupt precariously balanced lives. Twenty years ago her sister Meera died, taking a devastating secret with her. Now, as the family gathers for a wedding, Leela must sift truth from fiction. Meanwhile the bride's father plots political conquest, the groom realises that he has fallen in love with his brother-in-law to be, and Ganesh - elephant-headed god and scribe of India's great epic, the Mahabharata - claims both Leela and the novel as his own creation. Brilliantly playful and entertaining, Leela's Book weaves a poignant tale of contemporary life in an ancient city.

Suitable Accommodations

Suitable Accommodations Pdf/ePub eBook Author: J. F. Powers
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374709688
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A wry, moving collection of letters from the late J. F. Powers, "a comic writer of genius" (Mary Gordon) Best known for his 1963 National Book Award–winning novel, Morte D'Urban, and as a master of the short story, J. F. Powers drew praise from Evelyn Waugh, Flannery O'Connor, Saul Bellow, and Philip Roth, among others. Though Powers's fiction dwelt chiefly on the lives of Catholic priests, he long planned to write a novel of family life, a feat he never accomplished. He did, however, write thousands of letters, which, selected here by his daughter, Katherine A. Powers, become an intimate version of that novel, dynamic with plot and character. They show a dedicated artist, passionate lover, reluctant family man, pained aesthete, sports fan, and appreciative friend. At times wrenching and sad, at others ironic and exuberantly funny, Suitable Accommodations is the story of a man at odds with the world and, despite his faith, with his church. Beginning in prison, where Powers spent more than a year as a conscientious objector, the letters move on to his courtship, marriage, comically unsuccessful attempt to live in the woods, life in the Midwest and in Ireland, an unorthodox view of the Catholic Church, and an increasingly bizarre search for "suitable accommodations," which included three full-scale emigrations to Ireland. Here, too, are encounters with such diverse people as Thomas Merton, Eugene McCarthy, Robert Lowell, Theodore Roethke, Sean O'Faolain, Frank O'Connor, Dorothy Day, and Alfred Kinsey. An NPR Best Book of 2013

Sister of My Heart

Sister of My Heart Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Editor: Anchor
ISBN: 9780307476791
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From the award-winning author of Mistress of Spices, the bestselling novel about the extraordinary bond between two women, and the family secrets and romantic jealousies that threaten to tear them apart. Anju is the daughter of an upper-caste Calcutta family of distinction. Her cousin Sudha is the daughter of the black sheep of that same family. Sudha is startlingly beautiful; Anju is not. Despite those differences, since the day on which the two girls were born, the same day their fathers died--mysteriously and violently--Sudha and Anju have been sisters of the heart. Bonded in ways even their mothers cannot comprehend, the two girls grow into womanhood as if their fates as well as their hearts were merged. But, when Sudha learns a dark family secret, that connection is shattered. For the first time in their lives, the girls know what it is to feel suspicion and distrust. Urged into arranged marriages, Sudha and Anju's lives take opposite turns. Sudha becomes the dutiful daughter-in-law of a rigid small-town household. Anju goes to America with her new husband and learns to live her own life of secrets. When tragedy strikes each of them, however, they discover that despite distance and marriage, they have only each other to turn to. Set in the two worlds of San Francisco and India, this exceptionally moving novel tells a story at once familiar and exotic, seducing readers from the first page with the lush prose we have come to expect from Divakaruni. Sister of My Heart is a novel destined to become as widely beloved as it is acclaimed.

Texas Flood

Texas Flood Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Alan Paul,Andy Aledort
Editor: St. Martin\'s Press
ISBN: 1250142849
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An instant New York Times bestseller! The definitive biography of guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan, with an epilogue by Jimmie Vaughan, and foreword and afterword by Double Trouble’s Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon. Just a few years after he almost died from a severe addiction to cocaine and alcohol, a clean and sober Stevie Ray Vaughan was riding high. His last album was his most critically lauded and commercially successful. He had fulfilled a lifelong dream by collaborating with his first and greatest musical hero, his brother Jimmie. His tumultuous marriage was over and he was in a new and healthy romantic relationship. Vaughan seemed poised for a new, limitless chapter of his life and career. Instead, it all came to a shocking and sudden end on August 27, 1990, when he was killed in a helicopter crash following a dynamic performance with Eric Clapton. Just 35 years old, he left behind a powerful musical legacy and an endless stream of What Ifs. In the ensuing 29 years, Vaughan’s legend and acclaim have only grown and he is now an undisputed international musical icon. Despite the cinematic scope of Vaughan’s life and death, there has never been a truly proper accounting of his story. Until now. Texas Flood provides the unadulterated truth about Stevie Ray Vaughan from those who knew him best: his brother Jimmie, his Double Trouble bandmates Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton and Reese Wynans, and many other close friends, family members, girlfriends, fellow musicians, managers and crew members.

Halo: The Flood

Halo: The Flood Pdf/ePub eBook Author: William C. Dietz
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 198211164X
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The bestselling adaptation of the iconic video game Halo: Combat Evolved featuring the Master Chief—part of the expanded universe based on the award-winning video game series! 2552. Having barely escaped the final battle for Reach against the vast alien alliance known as the Covenant, the crew of the Pillar of Autumn, including Spartan John-117—the Master Chief—and his AI companion Cortana, is forced to make a desperate escape into slipspace. But their destination brings them to an ancient mystery and an even greater struggle. In this far-flung corner of the universe floats a magnificently massive, artificial ringworld. The crew’s only hope of survival is to crash-land on its surface and take the battle opposing the Covenant to the ground. But they soon discover that this enigmatic ringworld is much more than it seems. Built one hundred thousand years ago by a long-lost civilization known as the Forerunners, this “Halo” is worshipped by the Covenant—a sacred artifact they hope will complete their religious quest for supposed transcendence, and they will stop at nothing to control it. Engaging in fierce combat, Master Chief and Cortana will go deep into the Halo construct and uncover its dark secret and true purpose—even as a monstrous and far more vicious enemy than the Covenant emerges to threaten all sentient life on Halo and the galaxy beyond…

Raiders' Ransom #2: Flood and Fire

Raiders' Ransom #2: Flood and Fire Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Emily Diamand
Editor: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 9780545388795
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The Riveting Sequel to the Award-Winning RAIDERS' RANSOM She survived the epic battle of the raiders on the rough waters that flood England. Now poor fishergirl Lilly is determined to return Lexy, the Prime Minister's kidnapped daughter, to her home. And since his father was killed in the clash, Zeph is equally determined to claim leadership of his family's clan before more savage tribes invade the marshlands. But will the electromagnetic pulse of an omnipotent computer set the world aflame and wipe out all humans so that artificial intelligence can take over the future?! It's up to the unlikely trio of children -- and their petulant, unpredictable gameboard PSAI -- to rage against the machines!

Gun Island

Gun Island Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Amitav Ghosh
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 0735239452
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From the award-winning author of the bestselling epic Ibis trilogy comes a globetrotting, folkloric adventure novel about family and heritage. “With sweeping exuberant style and extraordinary linguistic facility, Ghosh takes us into a world where desperate refugees trickle through borders like water from melting ice, but where massing animals find no escapes. Old legends and ancient myths take on new meaning. The difficulties of characters in the Sundarbans begin to appear the world over as the climate becomes a forcing element. Our ordinary lives with air travel, cell phones, friends in distant places, smart-mouth teenagers, life insurance, money and investment concerns intersect with forest fire, flooding, storms. This important novel is an account of our current world, the one few writers have had the courage to face.” ―Annie Proulx, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction Bundook. Gun. A common word, but one which turns Deen Datta's world upside down. A dealer of rare books, Deen is used to a quiet life spent indoors, but as his once-solid beliefs begin to shift, he is forced to set out on an extraordinary journey; one that takes him from India to Los Angeles and Venice via a tangled route through the memories and experiences of those he meets along the way. There is Piya, a fellow Bengali-American who sets his journey in motion; Tipu, an entrepreneurial young man who opens Deen's eyes to the realities of growing up in today's world; Rafi, with his desperate attempt to help someone in need; and Cinta, an old friend who provides the missing link in the story they are all a part of. It is a journey which will upend everything he thought he knew about himself, about the Bengali legends of his childhood, and about the world around him. Gun Island is a beautifully realised novel which effortlessly spans space and time. It is the story of a world on the brink, of increasing displacement and unstoppable transition. But it is also a story of hope, of a man whose faith in the world and the future is restored by two remarkable women.

Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Bibhash Choudhury
Editor: PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN: 8120351320
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Indian Writing in English has proliferated over the last few decades and has made a huge impact on English readers. Not only do the works of Indian authors writing in English find a place on the bestseller list, they are also receiving critical acclaim across the world. One of the most prolific postcolonial writers writing today, Amitav Ghosh has received many awards: The Circle of Reason winning the Prix Medici Etranger (one of France's top literary award), The Shadow Lines winning the Sahitya Akademi Award, and The Calcutta Chromosome bagging the Arthur C. Clarke Award for 1997. His later novels, Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke and Flood of Fire showcase his capacity for epic narration, with each of these texts in the Ibis series, exploring the layered dimensions of identity and cultural form. Now in its second edition, this book offers an anthology of critical essays, and deals with fictional as well as non-fictional works by Amitav Ghosh. It focuses on Ghosh's idea and theory of the novel, postcolonial rationality in The Circle of Reason, nationalism in the context of partition in The Shadow Lines, and the East-West encounter in The Calcutta Chromosome. Besides, it also discusses power structure operating within the narrative of The Glass Palace, and the question of space, identity and cultural difference in The Hungry Tide.

Fire Flood Plague

Fire Flood Plague Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Sophie Cunningham
Editor: Random House Australia
ISBN: 1761040448
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2020 began with firestorms raging through the country, followed by floods, and then a global pandemic that has changed how Australians think, feel and live. We all experienced this year differently, but one thing rings true for all of us: this is a year we won’t forget. This anthology brings together original work from a diverse collection of Australian voices, from writers to scientists, journalists to historians, all expressing what 2020 meant to them. They write of ash falling from the sky, fish dying on riverbanks, loved ones lost, loved ones reunited, the historical resonance of fire and plague for Indigenous Australians, geopolitical tensions, the changed nature of travel, friendships rekindled on Zoom, the urgency of the Black Lives Matter movement, the state of the arts and the media, the importance of nurturing our inner lives, communities destroyed and communities rebuilding. FIRE FLOOD PLAGUE is a vital cultural record of the resilience and humanity needed in these extraordinary times. Including original pieces from Lenore Taylor, Nyadol Nuon, Christos Tsiolkas, Melissa Lucashenko, Billy Griffiths, Jess Hill, Kim Scott, Brenda Walker, Jane Rawson, Omar Sakr, Richard McGregor, Jennifer Mills, Gabrielle Chan, John Birmingham, Tim Flannery, Rebecca Giggs, Kate Cole-Adams, George Megalogenis, James Bradley, Alison Croggon, Melanie Cheng, Kirsten Tranter, Tom Griffiths, Joëlle Gergis and Delia Falconer.

Floods, Faults, and Fire

Floods, Faults, and Fire Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Peter L. Stelling,David Samuel Tucker
Editor: Geological Society of America
ISBN: 0813700094
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The ten geological field guides presented in this volume explore key areas of the geologist's paradise that is Washington State and British Columbia. These trips investigate a wide variety of geological and geographical terrains, from the dry steppe of the channeled scablands and Columbia River basalt group to the east, across the glaciated and forested Cascade arc and Coast Mountains, to the geologically complex islands in the west. This guidebook may be unique in that four of the trips utilize boats to reach remote field areas and are therefore rarely visited by geologists.

Fire and Flood

Fire and Flood Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Dawn Morris
Editor: Morgan James Publishing
ISBN: 163195475X
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Fire and Flood tells the stories of two young women, one near the beginning of history—at the time of Noahic flood—and one at the end of Earth’s history—at the time of the tribulation of Revelation. Both women come dramatically to faith in God through the incredible events they encounter. Throughout Fire and Flood, readers marvel at the remarkable similarity between these women’s journeys and their own time in history. As the times women are living in today are equally perilous, with Fire and Flood they will be encouraged by the faithfulness of God to His people.

The Great Derangement

The Great Derangement Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Amitav Ghosh
Editor: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022632317X
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A “concise and utterly enlightening” look at why we can’t wrap our minds around climate change (Publishers Weekly). Are we deranged? Award-winning essayist and novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that future generations may think so. How else to explain our imaginative failure in the face of global warming? The Great Derangement examines our inability—at the level of literature, history, and politics—to grasp the scale and violence of climate change. The extreme nature of today’s climate events, Ghosh asserts, make them peculiarly resistant to current modes of thinking and imagining. This is particularly true of serious literary fiction: hundred-year storms and freakish tornadoes simply feel too improbable; they are automatically consigned to genres like science fiction. In the writing of history, too, the crisis has sometimes led to gross simplifications, but the carbon economy is a tangled story with many contradictory and counterintuitive elements. Ghosh ends by suggesting that politics, much like literature, has become a matter of personal moral reckoning rather than an arena of collective action, and that limitation comes at great cost. The climate crisis asks us to imagine other forms of human existence—a task to which fiction, Ghosh argues, is the best suited of all cultural forms. His book serves as a great writer’s summons to confront the most urgent task of our time, and “makes the case that climate solutions can’t be left to scientists, technocrats, and politicians” (Los Angeles Review of Books). “Perhaps the most penetrating cultural critic of a new age defined by climate change and the strange, inadequate, and often self-deluding ways we process its transformations in our storytelling.”—New York Magazine “Resistance to the grim realities of climate change is so widespread that the crisis barely figures in literary fiction, notes writer Amitav Ghosh…The solution, he argues, lies in collective action as well as scientific and governmental involvement.”—Nature


朱鷺號三部曲之一:罌粟海 Pdf/ePub eBook Author: 艾米塔‧葛旭(Amitav Ghosh)
Editor: 聯經出版事業公司
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朱鷺號三部曲之一:罌粟海 by 艾米塔‧葛旭(Amitav Ghosh) Summary

一艘跨越歐、亞,命運多舛的帆船,從印度洋漂至中國海 一群離鄉背景的落難者,在命運牽引下登上這艘貨船, 乘著擾攘的時代浪潮,航向一場即將改變世界的戰爭…… 二度入圍曼布克獎,繼V. S. 奈波爾、薩爾曼‧魯西迪後, 最備受矚目的印度作家──艾米塔‧葛旭 21世紀最精采、最迷人的史詩式大河小說 宛如狄更斯與梅爾維爾共筆的絕妙混搭傑作! 以全新觀點審視東亞殖民史與鴉片戰爭的史詩小說! 本書入圍曼布克獎(The Man Booker Prizes)決選 榮獲:印度沃達丰字謎圖書獎最佳小說(Vodafone Crossword Book Award)/英國圖書設計獎/泰戈爾文學獎(Tagore Literature Award)/印度廣場金鵝毛筆獎(Indiaplaza Golden Quill Award)及讀者票選獎(Indiaplaza Golden Quill Popular Vote Award)/丹‧大衛文學獎(Dan David Prize) 入選: 紐約雜誌年度十大好書/舊金山紀事報/芝加哥論壇報/華盛頓郵報/基督教科學箴言報/出版家週刊/經濟學人雜誌年度選書 在這片海域,只要你還想當海員,鴉片就關你的事:你會裝載它、運送它、販賣它…… 雙桅帆船朱鷺號,原本是販運奴隸的「人肉貨船」。在英國廢奴後,被改裝成鴉片貨船以投入熱火朝天的鴉片貿易,準備前往中國市場分一杯羹。然而前往中國前,它還要履行橫越印度洋前往模里西斯的最後一趟航程。在這儼然是十九世紀東方殖民史剪影的乘員身影中,朱鷺號的傳奇故事,就在四個船員、苦力、流刑犯與偷渡客之間展開: 船員:被誤認為白人而升上二副的黑白混血船工賽克利,在種族界線森嚴的殖民地與海上社會,為保住得來不易的好運,小心翼翼保護著自己的真實身世…… 苦力:逃過火葬殉夫命運的寡婦狄蒂,為躲避家族追殺,與情人卡魯瓦自願登上朱鷺號成為移民工,並成為苦力群中的領袖。 流刑犯:溫文儒雅的拉斯卡利領主尼珥本是最親英國的印度貴族,卻不幸遭人陷害破產,被判流放模里西斯七年…… 偷渡客:孤女寶麗是法國植物學家之後,她為了逃出格格不入的寄養家庭,喬裝偷渡登上朱鷺號,準備逃回母親的故鄉模里西斯。 現在大家都成了親人,在這艘船的子宮裡重生,共同組成一個大家庭…… 在孤立無援的大洋上,前途未卜的惶恐加上殘酷的剝削凌虐,使這些流離失所的命運傀儡開始將彼此視為患難與共的親人。而一個難以想像、泯滅人際敵意、種族差異及隔膜代溝的家庭,就此誕生在這片「黑水」上…… 在充滿動亂和恐懼的殖民年代,命運把印度人和西方殖民者攪和在一起。當賽克利、狄蒂、尼珥、寶麗失去了家園的照拂後,開始相互視為患難的兄弟,一個原本不能想像的家庭就此在顛簸的大洋上誕生,超越人與人之間的敵意、種族的差異以及隔膜的代溝。 「朱鷺號三部曲」:《罌粟海》、《煙霾之河》(River of Smoke)、《烽火狂潮》(Flood of Fire),小說所寫足跡遍及恆河岸邊茂盛繁密的罌粟花田、波濤怒吼的汪洋深海,以及廣東人頭攢動的後街小巷。它更是一副芸芸眾生的全景圖,把每一個流落在他方的異鄉者栩栩如生地縮寫在這東方殖民地的風景中。 人類學家出身的作者艾米塔‧葛旭,在這套史詩三部曲中,將蛛網般的人物與線索牽引編織到同一條命運之船上。他們之間的愛情、陰謀、罪行、無知、湮沒的理想與無畏的勇氣,起伏洶湧一如變幻莫測的大洋。作者則藉此真實生動地還原了鴉片戰爭的背景與緣起。