The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Fevers, Delirium and Discovery. Amitav Ghosh, Author William Morrow & Company $23 (p) ISBN . A review, and links to other information about and reviews of The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh. The Calcutta Chromosome This novel has been described as “a kind of mystery thriller” (India Today). It brings together three searches: the first is that of an.

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It was weird, but kept my interest piqued to the last page. Clacutta Ship Orders Internationally. I am sure I will find friends who would disagree! I struggled to figure out what the point of it all was.

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Works by Amitav Ghosh. Every author deserves patience and understanding as he is growing as a writer. Characters are limited and purposeful in a way you won’t predict except for a pack of scientists of the victorian era. The story in itself is very thrilling and mysterious and keeps one guessing till the end Unless you read the end first.

The book starts with a man, Antar, working on his super smart computer, Ava, and finding an I I picked up The Calcutta Chromosome after a friend recommended it. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

I’m finding it very difficult to give a genre label to this work – fantasy, horror, thriller, medical mystery historical fiction – though sci-fi for some reason seems to be its accepted genre. I consider Amitav Ghosh one of the best storytellers in the world. The novel presents a dramatic rendition of malarial history through which the lives of Ronald Ross, followers of an ancient Indian cult dabbling in mysticism and some characters become intertwined in such a fashion, that the reader wonders not only at the complexity interwoven within sub-plots but also at the vastness of the author’s imagination to concoct such a story.

Get to Know Us. The books goes into some sort of magical realism of mixing up two different timelines into one.


It is part sci-fi, part detective fiction with ccalcutta thin layer of horror smeared on. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

View all 5 comments. He even gives a glimpse of a ghost — trains appearing out of no where and tracks being changed automatically. And Antar’s friends discuss “some new scam for saving on subway tokens” — when it must have been clear even in when the book was first published aitav the subway token would soon be phased out, replaced by a more flexible electronic card system.

At this point, a new variant of malaria would emerge and the group’s research using the chromosome-transfer technique would advance even chrmosome. Murugan, who carries much of the burden of this book. With calchtta the three timelines are set, and the novel shifts back and forth between them: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Murugan who studied the history of Malarial research senses that something is strange about it and sets out to unravel the mystery.

Murugan, who got himself transferred to Calcutta hoping to locate the special ‘chr 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. His research is presented through a narrative which swings back and forth in time. 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.

Ghosh offers a mild dystopia here. 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.

So much so that I had to read available book summary articles to understand what the hell was going on act One of those books that raise the tempo of the story to a peak, makes you bite your nails in anticipation and then drops you off the cliff with a bummed out ending.


Trivia About The Calcutta Chro The topic held great potential for a super medical suspense story. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

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

Quite apart from that, and this comes as a surprise, the book is poorly written. The Calcutta Chromosome is impossible to categorise. Not just a college student thing, but it was so hard to get through and so boring that even having a class discussion on it, even with the professors guidance, proved a waste of chromowome. The mystery at the heart of the story is never completely resolved by the author, leaving much to the reader’s understanding and interpretation.

Caocutta premise is very alluring: The lead to this book is great, but about a third of the way in, the suspense is lost and the story gets sloppy.

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 entertainment wise. It did some really ingenious things, and I can tell the author was thinking about a lot when he wrote it. Murugan had asked to be transferred to Calcutta because of his fascination with the life of Sir Ronald Ross.

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Simply put, it detracts from a potentially interesting story. None matched the suspense of the first one, which I read in the hot summer in a poorly air-conditioned Texas dorm room. The plot is quite complex and its timelines are deliberately mixed up, switching from Antar’s time to Murugan’s to Ross’ and back over the course of as many chapters.