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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View all 3 comments. Open Preview See a Problem? Suddenly, his attention is drawn to a charred ID card with the LifeWatch logo, and he begins to remember an encounter with an eccentric colleague, a man obsessed with a certain malaria pioneer, and intent on going to Calcutta, one L.

A chance bit of data causes Antar to recall a bizarre encounter he had with L. Climate Change and the Unthinkable I am confused about the ending, not sure what it was and that it’s believable. Finished the book, but am much confused regarding the story. For instance, I was left wondering at one point when the horror backstory of Phulboni appeared out of nowhere and it seemed like a deliberate attempt to insert a short story which the author might have prepared for publication in a children’s magazine.

Published January 23rd by Harper Perennial first published chromospme Views Read Edit View history. The novel does not end on a very convincing note though and that’s where the yhosh of the approach shines through. What makes me even more uneasy are the translations of Bengali 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.

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

Please review our privacy policy. This was the second book by Amitav Ghosh that I took to read.

Murugan who studied the history of Malarial research senses that something is strange about it and sets out to unravel the mystery. Ghosh has some clever ideas, and the stories meander along quite entertainingly for the most part. Ghosh writes in an engaging manner, with lots of humour.


Clarke Award in Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer. The book is based on the life of the Nobel Prize winning scientist, Sir Ronald Ross, who did a breakthrough research on malaria in Reviewed by Kritika Goyal. And Antar, following Murugan’s trail Everything I’ve read of his, which admittedly isn’t a great deal, has been packed with technical detail about whatever subject it is that he’s taken chromoskme himself to write about.

The Calcutta Chromosome

Sep 17, Avid rated it it was ok Shelves: Dec 19, Juha rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. I hope the comment was long enough to be accepted.

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. Silence is the religion for the occult group behind the whole mystery. Support Center Support Center. It moves back and forth in time and in place, from colonial India to near-future USA.

Antar’s New York is a more desolate, decrepit, and impersonal one than the present-day city, but Antar can still find convivial ghoh and his life isn’t all too bad. Thriller novels Indian speculative fiction novels Indian novels novels science fiction novels Novels set in Kolkata Novels by Amitav Ghosh. Oct 05, Stef rated it really liked it Shelves: That is by no means a takedown of this book, in fact it is to the author’s credit that he manages to do such a fantastic job across genres!

In essence, a truly intriguing and interesting read. The author combines Malaria and Syphilis and ties the medicines of these to amiav novel medicine that helps huma Thriller – is the one word for this. 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.


The narrative was so realistic and rich that I almost found myself in the shoes of Phulboni. At the time of his disappearance, Murugan, a self proclaimed Ronald Ross expert had been in Calcutta, trying to find the actual story of how Ross made the discovery of malaria’s transmission. Chrmoosome at least one of the points – silence. Strikingly, the known facts about Ross are presented in a new light – making it a mystery about his discovery – it made me think how all flashes chromosime brilliance are mysterious, like how Archimedes said “eureka!

I think the computer tricks and overstated computing technology that is featured in this novel makes it slightly less credible, especially today when network computing and data transfer has become very advanced and an everyday regular affair.

The mystery at the heart of the story is never completely resolved by the author, leaving much to the reader’s understanding and interpretation.

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

Cred ca citate ar fi fost de ajuns, dar acum depinde si de viziunea editorului. For sure, this book is not for everyone, but I personally regretted when it was finished. Inlantuirea evenimentelor si secretivitatea excesiva ce invaluie actiunea impreuna cu modul in care interactioneaza personjele m-au facut sa ma simt intr-un Cod al lui da Vinci, insa dintr-o cu totul alta perspectiva.

The Calcutta Chromosome is impossible to categorise. Few things were over the top and go unexplained. The Calcutta Chromosome – Canada.

It did some really ingenious things, and I can tell the author was thinking about a lot when he wrote it. It could have been so much better. There’s a gradual dissection of the Western dominance at play here, and through the cat 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.

The idea, of course, is to have them merge neatly in the end: