The Hungry Tide

by Amitav Ghosh
Why this book, The Hungry Tide? The back cover implied transnationalism and class issues. When I actually began to read it a week after the purchase, I was surprised to learn one of the main protagonists is an interpreter. !!! The story pulled me along, both because of Amitav Ghosh‘s lyrical writing and because so many elements in the book speak to areas of interest to me: dolphins, communication/relationships across difference, dreams that predict the future, phenomenology, languages, interpretation, even a contextual analogy for problematic moments. Government, institutionalization, the economy all figure in as well, so I was not disappointed in my original estimation, in fact, I can hardly imagine it could have been more engaging than it was!

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