The Hungry Tide

Author:

Amitav Ghosh

Title:

The Hungry Tide

Publisher:

Harper Collins

Nataka Books Reviews: 

The Hungry Tide

Students of history would be far better off by beginning the study of South East Asian history, specifically, Bengali, by reading this account by Amitav Ghosh which captures the mangroves landscape and fishing villages in the Sundarbarns, and potrays the competition for resources between man and nature. The folklore and heartbeat of life is told through Piya, Kanai and Fokir. This historical fiction book is far more interesting as it leaves behind a trail of real histories, myths and the stories of the local people than are sometimes collected in a book called a history ! 

Nataka Books Full Review: 

The Hungry Tide

Students of history would be far better off by beginning the study of South East Asian history, specifically, Bengali, by reading this account by Amitav Ghosh which captures the mangroves landscape and fishing villages in the Sundarbarns, and potrays the competition for resources between man and nature. The folklore and heartbeat of life is told through Piya, Kanai and Fokir. This historical fiction book is far more interesting as it leaves behind a trail of real histories, myths and the stories of the local people than are sometimes collected in a book called a history ! 


Historical fiction at its best. If you want to travel to South East Asia, in a litarary sense, then Amitav is the best at introducing places and regions to readers and travellers. In 'The Hungry Tide', Amitav introdudes us to the Sundarbarns and their mangrove forests.  If you have never been to a mangrove forest Amitav will get to you dip your feet in the mud and experience the rise and fall of tides and events unfolding in the surrounding villages. Amitav uses landscapes and history to great effect. In the recent environment, the novel can be seen to be at the frontline of climate change with its impact, with a more profound and clear link than will be found in the NGO sectors pamplets and articles.