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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Jun 23, Shubhi Agarwal rated it liked it. Malaria, amirav caz ca nu stiati este una dintre cele mai raspindite boli cu milioane de oameni morti la activ, in special in zonele sarace ghos Asia, America si Africa, boala ce se transmite prin intepatura tantarului anofel.

What makes me even more uneasy are the translations of Calcufta figures of speech, done tactlessly and literally – this bothers me a little in The Hungry Tideand it bothers me a lot more with this book, appearing as it does amidst already leaden prose – chatar matha may fit seamlessly into Bengali; “umbrella head” sounds horrible and meaningless in English, and you’d think any author with an ear for dialogue would notice.

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The Calcutta Chromosome – Amitav Ghosh

I would recommend it only to hard core scifi and medical thriller buffs I was taught about malaria in my premed and med, but not much in detail regarding the history of discovery of malaria. If it is, ‘scifi’s are extremely weird. The reader is forced to keep thinking about it much after turning the last page. Despite the hiccups, this is certainly a commendable and welcome attempt by Amitav Ghosh.

Some nice touches of alternate historical fiction, but ultimately too easy to put down. But I am more confused than ever. The man is clearly a human encyclopaedia. View all 5 comments. The mystery took a while to pull me in but became increasingly compelling. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Too bad, but at least there’s some decent entertainment along the way. A chance bit of data causes Antar to recall a bizarre encounter he had with L. From then on the story moves back and forth between Murugan’s trip and Ant’s current life in New York.


With that the three timelines are set, and the novel shifts back and forth between them: The story in itself is very thrilling and mysterious and keeps one guessing till the end Unless you read the end first.

The novel does not end on a very convincing note though and that’s hhosh the singularity of the approach shines through. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

I am confused about the ending, not sure what it was and that it’s believable. The Calcutta Chromosome is a multi-layered novel, presenting different storylines from different times. At the core of the novel is the question: The complete review ‘s Review:. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Tokens are still in use in New York, but for years the preferred system has been the so-called MetroCard.

I had gbosh idea what the book was about when I started reading it, which turned out to be a good thing because I was pleasantly surprised with what the book offered. When Ant recovers Murugan’s ID card again, he gets curios. 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. Calcutta Chromosome is, simply put, a sci-fi book.

The book, set in s Calcutta and New York City at some unspecified time in the future, is a medical thriller that dramatizes the adventures of apparently false people who are brought together by a mysterious turn of events.

Murugan wants to follow Ross’ trail cromosome and that of some of the mysterious figures around him. If Peter Weir’s movie The Last Wave aka Black Rain were set in India and involved the study of malaria, and you threw in a little Stanislaw Lem, and you stuck it all into a set of Russian nesting dolls, you might end up with something like The Calcutta Chromosome.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Thriller novels Indian speculative fiction novels Indian novels novels science fiction novels Novels set in Kolkata Novels by Amitav Ghosh. The novel presents a dramatic rendition akitav malarial history through which the lives of Ronald Ross, followers of an ancient Indian cult dabbling in mysticism and some characters xhromosome intertwined in such a fashion, that the reader wonders not only at the complexity interwoven within sub-plots chromoso,e also at the vastness of the author’s imagination to concoct such a story.


Murugan had asked to be transferred to Calcutta because of his fascination with the life of Sir Ronald Ross.

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

Feb 07, Pratip Aditya rated it really liked it. Now he works from home, linked up by computer, doing drudge work.

It’s sort of a scientific thriller, but then again, is it? The setting of spiritual group, the e The Calcutta Chromosome started well with successive occurrences, which kept me glued to the pages, and then the mishap happened! That’s a point in favour of Mr. And it did not feel too much justified to bj the journeys I undertook with the characters.

This novel falls short in the way calcuttta ends: Murugan was obsessed with Ronald Ross, who had received the Nobel Prize in for his work on malaria. Finished the book, but am much confused regarding the story. Quite unusual like his other books I read far.

Amitav Ghosh : The Calcutta Chromosome

The outer layer has science fiction trappings. Explore the Home Gift Guide. 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.

Which century Antar lives in? Was it the fact that contrary to my usual style of writing reviews I took a lot at other reviewers and find them creating interpretations for the web spun for this tale?