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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Ghosh writes chromossome well, but not particularly so at least in this novel: There are a lot of characters and the story moves back and forth and sometimes there is a story within a story and another within it and it got confusing for me.

A very interesting read, and surprisingly not what you’d expect from writer Ghosh, especially if you’ve read most of his books like me.

The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Fevers, Delirium & Discovery

The book under-delivered on literary merit but over-delivered on pure fun and that works, sometimes. Is it just a figment of the author’s imagination? The setting of spiritual group, the ever changing identity of Lakhan aka Lutchman aka Lakshman and the lady Mangala aka Calcytta. Sep 17, Avid rated it it was ok Shelves: Premesso questo, decidiamo di classificarlo come “narrativa speculativa” e andiamo avanti.

The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Fevers, Delirium & Discovery by Amitav Ghosh

Huttunen explains that the methodology of this group is based on the ideas of Emmanuel Levinas about communication by way of silence. Despite the X-Files meets Sherlock theme, he even manages to add a little humour to the proceedings.

Is there any purpose to Antar’s work? You feel something’s amiss. The steps of Ross’ discovery were also remarkably fortuitous: I wasn’t too interested in any of the characters and the plot got a little too convoluted for me at times. Aratounian and then Urmila was all exciting and thrilling. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Finished the book, but am much confused regarding the story. Romanul apare ca o lucrare puternic influentata de medicina prin subiectul tratat, evolutia cunostintelor de tratare a malariei de-a lungul timpului, primul mare teoretician al ideilor despre aceste metode find Sir Ronald Ross.


The premise I am at a loss trying to write down what exactly I felt after reading this book. It is a historical fiction but can be called a ghost story because of the cult which it describes. This is accomplished partly by the historic parts in the novel with the mystical components of eastern India being utilized.

I think the character Antar could have been made more interesting and perhaps more active.

Loosely described, the process of securing this form of immortality is as follows: I was hoping against hope to find answers to all those baffling questions and doubts in the last few pages. Its native Indian members operate through means kept secret from the more Westernized characters and from the reader, and their activities become progressively clearer as the novel continues until their plan is revealed to the reader.

View all 3 comments. Antar recalls that Murugan had been obsessed with malaria and its cause and the scientist who found the cause, Ronald Ross. Feb 10, Riku Sayuj rated it really liked it Chromosmoe Ora, io tutta questa fantascienza non l’ho vista.

I particularly enjoyed the section where author Phulboni experiences the apparition of Lakhan and the station master at the ghost rail station of Renupur. It’s hard to think of the book as anything more than an academic’s conceit, a little fantasy too obscure ajitav engage the lay reader.

Murugan, a man obsessed with the medical history of malaria, and into a magnificently complex world where conspiracy hangs in the air like mosquitoes on a summer night. His most recent novel, Sea of Poppies, is the first volume of the Ibis Trilogy. I picked up The Calcutta Chromosome after a friend recommended it. National Center for Biotechnology InformationU. Daca va plac conspiratiile construite in jurul datelor medicale si cateva ipoteze surprinzatoare, daca ati dori sa aflati mai mult despre cultura indiana si in acelasi timp sa va destindeti cateva ore, Cromozomul Calcutta este o alegere buna.


And it did not feel too much justified to all the journeys I undertook with the characters. Feb 07, Pratip Aditya rated it really liked it.

The Calcutta Chromosome is impossible to categorise. The novel does not end on a very convincing note though and that’s where the singularity of the approach shines through.

Characters are limited and purposeful in a way ca,cutta won’t predict except for a chromosomee of scientists of the victorian era. Apr 19, Shamim E. In categoria nemultumiri si carcoteli, ar intra si constatarea ca Sir Ronald Ross, din ce am gasit pe internet aici si aici a luat premiul Nobel in si nucum apare la inceputul cartii sub o poezie, poate gresesc, insa datele sunt evidente.

Do you believe the myths and superstitions of the local villagers, who seem to know more than they let on, while working alongside the scientists, helping them, or do you want to ignore the unexplained and stick to verifiable data alone? For sure, this book is not for everyone, but I personally regretted when it was finished.

The politics and power of chromisome west have also been covered pertinently. I know Murugan, Urmila and the other older actor cum journalist lady incidents occur in I had heard an audio book – rented in the library just for helping my long drives, but really got hooked into the book and finished it in 4 days!

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.