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

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The complete review ‘s Review:. The Calcutta Chromosome is a multi-layered novel, presenting different storylines from different times. The idea, of course, is to have them merge neatly in the end: Ghosh does bring them together, but not nearly as nicely as one might hope.

Too bad, amitac at least there’s some decent entertainment along the way. Now he works from home, linked up by computer, doing drudge work. Ghosh offers a mild dystopia here.

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 cgromosome bad. Ghosh doesn’t expend much energy on working out a vision of the future, and didn’t put too much thought into it.


The Calcutta Chromosome – Amitav Ghosh

Antar’s computer, known as Ava, is a pretty neat thing, able to speak in any dialect and do a good number of things, but otherwise Ghosh’s future sounds out of date even these few years after he wrote it. His Internet is still expensive and slow, for example. 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 that the subway token would soon be phased out, replaced by a more flexible electronic card system.

Tokens are still in use in New York, but for years the preferred system has been the so-called MetroCard. Ghosh’s quaint lack of imagination about the future is only appropriate, because the focus of the book is on the past. The past first drops into Antar’s lap — or rather: Murugan went missing in in Calcutta and, as it happens, Antar met him before then. Murugan was obsessed with Ronald Ross, who had received the Nobel Prize in for his work on malaria.

With that the three timelines are set, and the novel shifts back and forth between them: There are the events leading up to Murugan’s disappearance inwhich include his discussions with Antar and then his adventures in Calcutta.

And there are the events from the late 19th century, as the malaria-discoveries are being made these events are largely — and confusingly — related by Murugan, though often based on accounts and letters from that time.

It is complicated — and it gets more so. There are different casts of characters: Ross’ malaria-related discoveries are the key. It turns out the discoveries are surprising, as is how he came to make them. And Murugan thinks there is more to them ca,cutta — the Calcutta chromosome, for one.


The steps of Ross’ discovery were also remarkably fortuitous: Murugan wants to follow Ross’ trail — and that of some of the mysterious figures around him.

That, of course, snarls him in complications as well.

And Antar, following Murugan’s trail The malarial theories and what Ghosh does with them aren’t bad. Ghosh has some clever ideas, and the stories meander along quite entertainingly for the most part. 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.

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. The back and forth and mix of stories is just a bit much for Ghosh to handle. It becomes a narrative mess chromoome unnecessarily so, too: Ghosh writes reasonably well, but not particularly so at least in this novel: Much of the novel, and many of the stories are entertaining, and for most of the way it is a quick, compelling read.

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

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