A review, and links to other information about and reviews of The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh. Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel Of Fevers, Delirium And Discovery By Amitav Ghosh Online. Book Details: Language: English Published Original Language. 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 is partly a thriller, partly science fiction, partly imaginary medical history. The events were haphazard, not chronological. Syphilis, malaria, mosquitos, pigeons and clay images all play a part. This novel falls short in the way it ends: And the first thing after I chfomosome it, I opened up book reviews for it, and it was the same story everywhere.

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

A good book to read to pass the time and know Excellent read. But Rarely do books on malaria and malicious mosquitoes keep you at the edge of your seat. The idea, of course, is to have them merge neatly in the end: I know Murugan, Urmila and the other older actor cum journalist lady incidents occur in The ending was not convincing enough for me.

The Calcutta Chromosome is impossible to categorise. There’s a gradual dissection of the Western dominance at play here, and through the calcjtta and mouse chase, riddled with transcendence, immortality, Indian superstitions and a disturbing view of science and knowledge, Ghosh finds comfort and removes misconceptions in the heart of Calcutta.


Sep 23, Prashanth Srivatsa rated it really liked it. The Calcutta Chromosome – Canada. The characters are poorly developed, which is often the case in sci-fi. It is a historical fiction but can be called a ghost story because of the cult which it describes.

Antar recalls that Murugan had been obsessed with malaria and its cause and the scientist who found the cause, Ronald Ross.

You concentrate on the plot and the story rather than create believable characters. None matched the suspense of the first one, which I read in the hot summer in a poorly air-conditioned Texas dorm room. 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. At the end, I really wanted to bang my head against the book.

It is based on the history of Sir Ronald Ross who discovered the medicine for Malaria.

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

Malaria, in caz ca nu stiati este una dintre cele mai raspindite boli cu milioane de oameni morti la activ, in special in zonele sarace din Asia, America si Africa, boala ce se transmite prin intepatura tantarului anofel. Antar is in the US, and what is this “Ava” fhromosome Quite unusual like his other books I read far. It is complicated — and it gets more so.

The story is intriguing and the best thing about Ghosh’s narrative is it’s delightfully engaging despite the non-linearity. Ghosh doesn’t expend much energy on working out a vision of the future, and didn’t put too much thought into it. Huttunen explains ghoeh the methodology of this group is based on the ideas of Emmanuel Levinas about communication by way of silence. The man is clearly a human encyclopaedia.


Extrapolated and controlled, this is immortality we are talking about. I think the character Antar could have been made more interesting and perhaps more active. The plot uses a whole lot of themes – science, mysticism, religion, mythology, counter-science, even nihilism to a certain extent.

It is a fast and engaging read with complex plots and characters. Unfortunately, however, Ghosh eventually settles for hokey mysticism rather than anything more soundly scientific, and the book tapers off to its predictable but unsatisfying conflation.

I could almost feel the delirium myself. The malarial theories and what Ghosh does with amotav aren’t bad.

You feel something’s amiss. Premesso questo, decidiamo di classificarlo come “narrativa speculativa” e andiamo avanti. He earned a doctorate at Oxford before he wrote his first novel, which was published in The author had me hooked and I was always wondering where this would lead ghksh. And these are secrets that have origin in the city’s colonial past, its colonial architecture, its literature, intelligentsia and so on.