A review, and links to other information about and reviews of The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh. The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Fevers, Delirium and Discovery. Amitav Ghosh, Author William Morrow & Company $23 (p) ISBN . From Victorian lndia to near-future New York, The Calcutta Chromosome takes readers on a wondrous journey through time as a computer programmer trapped .
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It could have been so much better. Ghosh, with his mastery over complex narratives and an unyielding nationalistic fervor, achieves this in sublime fashion. I could almost feel the delirium myself.
The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Fevers, Delirium & Discovery
The author combines Malaria and Syphilis and ties the medicines of these to a novel medicine that helps humans to get immortality. If you have read Ghosh, then which book would you recommend I pick next? For sure, this book is not for everyone, but I personally regretted when it was finished. I think the character Antar could have been made more interesting and perhaps more active. And there are the events from the late 19th century, as the malaria-discoveries are being made these events are largely — and confusingly — related by Murugan, though often based on accounts and letters from that time.
I guess i like these thrillers and page-turners.
Amitav Ghosh : The Calcutta Chromosome
That is by no means a takedown of this book, in fact it is to the author’s credit that he manages to do such a fantastic job across genres! And it did not feel too much justified to all the journeys I undertook with the characters. The author combines Malaria and Syphilis and ties the medicines of these to a novel medicine that helps huma Thriller – is the one word for this.
He is married to the writer, Deborah Baker, and has two children, Lila and Nayan. Want to Read saving…. Paperbackpages. The book starts with a man, Antar, working on his super smart computer, Ava, and finding an ID card chormosome screen which belonged to a person he knew.
Fascinating as the subject is, it isn’t substantial enough to hold an entire novel up on its own merits, and the lesson in all of this is, books mustn’t be written for reasons of vanity alone; there’s a point to stories that hold one’s attention and tie up in the end.
Antar is in the US, and what is this “Ava” for? But at the same time, some sub-plots seem not so convincing and they seem irrelevant to prove or explain a minor point and plug that gaping hole in the story.
As for the vagueness, it never goes off even after you turn the final page of the book. Climate Change and the Chromossome When Ant recovers Murugan’s ID card again, he gets curios.
The Calcutta Chromosome
This page was last edited on 14 Octoberat The pace is blistering and sometimes the narrative switches between Antar, Murugan and the different folks in the latter’s storyline gets disorienting. Daca punctul de pornire are radacini puternic ancorate in realitate, continuarea este o adevarata opera de fictiune structurata sub forma de cadre, ce sunt prezentate succesiv, intr-o alternare continua, actiunea mutandu-se in timp inainte si inapoi.
I really commend him for that and I think there’s a lot to be garnered from this novel, it just wasn’t my favorite amitwv wise.
Oct 01, Sowmya rated it liked it. This chromosome was unusual because it could not be isolated or detected by the conventional techniques. However, one could also argue that this kind of ending is exactly the point of the book. Am avut o imagine formata in urma modului in care s-au derulat evenimentele si directia in care a mers actiunea in ultimele pagini, autorul intervenind si complicand, de neinteles, cu un cadru final, intregul peisaj.
Loosely described, the process of securing this form of immortality chrmosome as follows: The book does not live up to the promise it occasionally shows. We just follow the light or choose not to and end up still “following” the metaphorical light, inadvertantly. Inlantuirea evenimentelor si secretivitatea excesiva ce invaluie actiunea impreuna cu modul in care interactioneaza personjele m-au facut sa ma simt intr-un Cod al lui da Vinci, insa dintr-o cu totul alta perspectiva.
Is there any purpose to Antar’s work? I was brought up in South kolkata, never heard of Bansdroni film society, does it exist? Lists with This Book. Few things were over the top and go unexplained.
And the first thing after I finished it, I opened up book reviews for it, and it was the same story everywhere. It was only present in the non regenerative tissue, in other words; the brain and could be transmitted through malaria.
I hope the comment was long enough to be accepted. Too bad, but at least there’s some decent entertainment along the way. For sure, this book is not for everyo The Calcutta Chromosome is impossible to categorise.
Ora, cosa succede in questo ghossh non meglio specificato e in questa frenetica Calcutta? Thriller – is the one word for this. Huttunen explains that the methodology of this group is based on the ideas of Emmanuel Levinas about communication by way of calctuta. I think the computer tricks and overstated computing technology that is featured in this novel makes it slightly less credible, especially today when network computing and data transfer has become very advanced and an everyday regular affair.
But the narrative proceeds with a sense of vagueness attached to it. The reader is forced to keep thinking about it much after turning the last page.
View all 5 comments. It is part sci-fi, part detective fiction with a thin layer of horror smeared on. Apr 09, Bogdan rated it liked it. The constructed pace and momentum of the book was chroosome good but I guess the closing could have been more chromksome and better.
The readers are put in a state of enigma and are forced to keep thinking about the journey even after reading the last page of the book.