Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide belongs not to the lives of its characters. But to the sanctuary that is the Sundarbans; and the islands which form a transcendental awning of flora and fauna. The book creates a world you can embrace or abandon; a story you can live or let go.
The lyrical quest for a life’s purpose mirrors that of another’s impassivity toward it. And everything that happens in between is everything that is made alive. The book illustrates the unaffected and pulsating virtues of nature; the rise and fall of empires; and the unpredictable tides of reformation.
Is it possible to live without language? When language exists as the only measure of life; and yet conflicting with the certainty of death. The book is immediate and real; like splitting the gentle stirrings of the sea into a thousand ripples.