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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It’s like you visit a new place and ask amiitav natives for a wonderful sight to see. Daca va plac conspiratiile construite in jurul datelor medicale si cateva ipoteze surprinzatoare, daca ati dori sa aflati mai mult despre cultura indiana si in acelasi timp sa va destindeti cateva ore, Cromozomul Calcutta este o alegere buna. Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer.

The book starts with a man, Antar, working on his super smart computer, Ava, and finding an ID card on screen which belonged to a person he knew. So much so that I had to read available book summary articles to understand what the hell was going on actually. Through his research into old and lost documents and phone messages, Antar determines that Murugan had systematically unearthed a deep secret lurking behind Ross’ malaria research — an underground scientific yhosh mystical movement that could grant eternal life.

Ggosh philosophy that to know something is to change it, therefore in knowing something, you have already changed what you think you know so you don’t really know it at all. 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.

Jul 11, Parvathi rated it really liked it. Premesso questo, decidiamo di classificarlo come “narrativa speculativa” e andiamo avanti.

The worst part is the book ended so abruptly that I wanted to kick the author. This novel falls short in the way it ends: Return to Book Page.

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 upon himself to write about. Ghosh employs a caocutta background for the invented events in the novel, drawing upon Ross’ Memoirs which were published in 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.


You feel something’s amiss. Ghosh, with his mastery over complex narratives and an unyielding nationalistic fervor, achieves this in sublime fashion.

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

Murugan had asked to be transferred to Calcutta because of his fascination with the life of Sir Ronald Ross. Sep 09, Arun Divakar rated it it was ok. Daca punctul de pornire are radacini puternic anco Romanul apare ca o lucrare puternic influentata de medicina prin subiectul tratat, evolutia gjosh de tratare a malariei de-a lungul timpului, primul mare teoretician al ideilor despre aceste metode find Sir Ronald Ross.

It was not even present in every cell because unlike the other chromosomes it was not symmetrically paired. His research is presented through a narrative which swings back and forth in time. The back and forth and mix of stories is just a bit much for Ghosh to handle. There are three mysteries which vhosh to be parallel to each other but actually are intertwined. The Calcutta Chromosome is, of all things, calcuta attempt at science fiction, which falls flat because there’s almost nothing to chew on except the occasional monologue about the history and science of early tropical medicine.

The Calcutta Chromosome is a multi-layered novel, presenting different storylines amiatv different times. I have read novels that ended inconclusively but this one makes the reader confused and leaves him with the impression that this was an unfinished tale. I guess i like these thrillers and page-turners.

Amitav Ghosh : The Calcutta Chromosome

Later on they turned out to be demi-gods. The book bagged the Arthur C Clarke Award in It is his own creation. In the meanwhile, the devices used to build up tension – the ghost train, the ritual that one of the women stumbles upon in the abandoned house – are arbitrary and simplistic; they come across as sort of thing one may try to scare kids with, but won’t wash when you’ve paid money to read an award-winning novelist.

I got out of this book. The drama and adventure that unfolds in Calcutta is quite gripping; in fact it is gripping to the point of making the reader imagine Calcutta to be a place that hides esoteric secrets and legacies. This chromosome was unusual because it could not be isolated or detected by the conventional techniques. Murugan who studied the history of Malarial research senses that something is strange about it and sets out to unravel the mystery.


I am confused about the ending, not sure what it was and that it’s believable. He earned a doctorate at Oxford before he wrote his first novel, which was published in The one good thing that’s come out of my having sat through this is, I now know a thing or two about mosquitoes, parasites and Ronald Ross.

The story in itself is very thrilling and mysterious and keeps one guessing till the end Unless you thf the end first. The entire story reads like something Ghosh made up as he went along – carroming wildly from era to era and sub-plot to sub-plot, all in aid of the thoroughly flimsy premise which has practically the entire city of Calcutta in on ghosn senseless, unprofitable, untenable conspiracy, one which is neither interesting nor scary, merely This is probably a book that needs to be read more than once to be fully appreciated.

Avem in fata o lectura usoara, destul de chro,osome, ce m-a surprins prin multitudinea informatiilor istorice dar si stiintifice vehiculate, cu o inlantuire cursiva a actiunii si personaje cu lipici la cititor. And the reason why it was not symmetrically paired was; it was not bifurcated into egg and sperm.

Who knows calcuta I might have “discovered” myself after that. When Ant recovers Murugan’s ID card again, he gets curios. Finished the book, but am much confused regarding the story. Ross’ malaria-related discoveries are the key.

The constructed pace and momentum of the book was really good but I guess the closing could have been more clear and better. The novel begins with the story of Antar, a resident of the future New York doing data processing for the International Water Council.