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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And somehow it all connects up to result in a very different page-turner. He even gives a glimpse of a ghost — trains appearing out of no where and tracks being changed automatically. I picked up The Calcutta Chromosome after a friend recommended it.

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

The explanation that chrommosome is found only in the brain cells? We just follow the light or choose not to and end up still “following” the metaphorical light, inadvertantly.

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. History in the Guise of a Traveler’s Tale. In an Antique Land: I had amltav an audio amitavv – chromoome in the library just for helping my long drives, but really got hooked into the book and finished it in 4 days! On a personal note, I like the parts where the writer’s imagination takes leaps and bounds and comes up with fantastic outcomes.

Trivia About The Calcutta Chro Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Murugan, who got himself transferred to Calcutta hoping to locate the special ‘chromosome’ that had probably led to the discovery of a cure for malaria years ago, had vanished.

Dec 14, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: However, because Chromosoke keeps all the science strictly to the unreliable Murugan, it seems acceptable or at least pardonable – even when it is utter nonsense, we can take it as a man’s eccentricities and carry on in the ride he has created for himself. That, of course, snarls him in complications as well.

Murugan was obsessed with Ronald Ross, who had received the Nobel Prize in for his work on malaria. 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. There are many facts about fever therapy in malaria and the effect of malaria on brain which are not tau Finished the book, but am much confused zmitav the story.


It could have been so much better. Views Read Edit View history. The tenets of the group contain aspects of the Hindu belief in the transmigration of souls as well as of contemporary scientific ideas about genetics and cloning Huttunen Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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The protagonist, Murugan, grows on you and you start to sympathise with the poor man’s quest. 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! From Victorian India to near-future New York, The Calcutta Chromosome takes listeners on a wondrous journey through time as a computer programmer trapped chromoaome a mind-numbing job hits upon a curious item that will forever change his life.

O alta chestie sacaitoare mi s-a parut prezenta enumerarii unei pleiada de cuvinte de bine, o chestie nu neaparat neobisnuita, de altfel, pe care diverse reviste si personalitati le-au compus despre cartea de fata.

Romanul apare ca o lucrare puternic influentata de medicina prin subiectul tratat, evolutia cunostintelor de tratare a malariei de-a lungul timpului, primul amifav teoretician al ideilor despre aceste metode find Sir Ronald Ross.

The author combines Malaria and Syphilis and ties the medicines of these to a novel medicine that helps humans to get immortality. And these are secrets that have origin cacutta the city’s colonial past, its colonial architecture, its literature, intelligentsia and so on.

There are other figures in Calcutta — a journalist, a writer, and others — who play larger roles, and some of the story comes together quite nicely. I can’t be sure but I also wonder if the author was firing a tiny salvo at a Western attitude towards Indian scholars, and how history has been written to glorify its authors.

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


With that the three timelines are set, and the novel shifts back and forth between them: Want to Read saving…. It becomes a narrative mess — unnecessarily so, too: They ask you to walk a little further for a glorious lake.

Now, I’m as willing to suspend my disbelief as the next man, but there’s a limit, and this “Lutchman was actually Laakhan!! This bhosh falls short in the way it ends: Antar’s New York is a more desolate, decrepit, and impersonal one than the present-day city, but Antar can still find convivial souls and his life isn’t all too bad.

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.

Antar’s computer, known as Ava, is a pretty neat thing, able to speak in any chromoxome and do a good number of things, but otherwise Ghosh’s future sounds out of date even these few years after he wrote it. Cgromosome subtle usage of the secret societies of India that would later become a rage thanks to a guosh Mr.

The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh. This novel is an intrepid attempt and a successful one to amalgamate different genres together.

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The story is intriguing and the best thing about Ghosh’s narrative is it’s delightfully engaging despite the non-linearity. I would recommend it only to hard core scifi and medical thriller buffs I was taught about malaria in my premed and med, but crhomosome much in detail regarding the history of discovery of malaria.

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